Intimately

Intimately is a charcoal drawing series of intimate views of the body and accompanying text that explores the ideas and concepts we may hold about intimacy in the U.S. The accompanying booklet grew out of the thoughts about intimacy that occurred to me while I produced the drawings.

Candid Signature

Prints of Candid may be purchased by clicking on the photo

Intimacy requires us to be candid. We show ourselves to another with all our bumps, bulges, and scares – physical, mental, or emotional – bared. We show our imperfection. We unveil how far we stray from the unreachable perfection that society sells us that we should. Intimacy can not be reached when we are not candid.
The soft roundness of a relaxed belly letting us know nothing is held back. Everyone has a belly when they are soft and intimate. What are you afraid of others seeing?

 

Intimately is also available for purchase as a booklet.

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To Shot Down An Idea

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How do you represent an idea? I was given the phrase “shoot down an idea,” with instructions that I should create a simplified piece of art representing the phrase. Basically, to create an icon.

I spent quite awhile thinking about what the phrase means and what besides ideas we shoot down, such as animals and planes. It seems to me there is an inherent violence in the statement. That it implies an antagonist and protagonist. Some one is proud that they shot down someone else, or they are angry that someone shot them down.

Glitch USA

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Glitch are is a whole new thing I learned about this year and this is my first attempt. I think if there is one thing people on both sides of the political aisle can agree on, it is that the USA is pretty seriously glitching right now.

GIF: Shattered

 

My first GIF. For this piece I decided to rework a cut paper piece that I had completed the year before. The emotional state portrayed is universal, at some point each of us is reduced to feeling like we will fly apart.

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Shattered, the original cut paper version

Culture Jam: Cheerios

A culture jam basically consists of taking a product and changing it up to draw attention to some issue the artist is interested in. Deadios is my first attempt at not only a culture jam but in using Photoshop to extensively alter a photo.

With this project I wanted to draw attention to the healthy myth surrounding Cheerios. This product has long been sold as a healthy breakfast choice when in reality it is a bowl full of refined, simple carbohydrates and the flavored varieties contains more sugar in one serving than the daily recommended daily allowance. I also wanted to bring attention to the decline in pollinators and industrial agriculture’s role in that process. This project was completed before Cheerios recent goodwill campaign of distributing “wildflower” seeds (please check the package contents as some of the seeds may be illegal to plant in your state as they may contain invasive species that have been banned.)

It took rather longer to complete than expected, especially with a decent bout of the flu slowing me down, so the back of the box was never attempted but I’m quite happy with how the front turned out.

Monarch on Pitcher Plant

Monarch w Catesby Pitcher Plant (1 of 1)

 

Monarch Butterfly on Catesby’s Pitcher Plant
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I just returned from Washington, DC. The United States Botanical Garden was a must see for me, it was fabulous. The first time we visited we ran out of time and could only visit the outdoor garden. It was still morning and deeply overcast, it had been slightly rainy the night before. There were quite a few Monarch Butterflies and the cooler temps combined with the damp kept them grounded. This one seems to like to live dangerously, hanging out with pitcher plants.

US Botanical Garden, Washington, DC
June 2014