Partnership with UUUartcollective

Hey y'all! I am now represented by UUU Art Collective. These cats are from Rochester and are killing it making an art scene there! I'm so happy to be apart of something in my home city and represent Rochester on a large scale.  

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Their philosophy I am all about, HERE check out their mission statement:"

"UUU ART COLLECTIVE CORP WAS FOUNDED ON THESE TERMS; ART WHEN INTERSECTED WITH A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS BUSINESS CAN LEAD THE WAY FOR POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT. WE WERE NOT GOING TO JIVE WITH THE NOTION OF ‘STARVING ARTISTS’ FOR EMERGING ARTISTS. TO CONNECT ARTISTS, THEIR COMMUNITIES AND A GLOBAL AUDIENCE FOR CULTURE."

And they have a gallery on the way! So check out their Website! My work is on there and it's for sale! And look out for shows with them in the future!

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DECOMPOSING VISTAS- Artworks

This coming week I will be hanging my first solo exhibition outside of university and I could not be more excited! Artworks in Trenton, NJ is such a great community building space and I am blessed to be apart of their showing schedule this year. 

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I thought I'd let you in on some inspiration behind the show. Typically I don't sketch prior to making work. Instead, I collect: images, art history references, postcards, and vintage photos. Anything that perks my interest! Then I collect supplies: dyes, metals, yarns, and fabrics (even hair!). I source my fabrics from vintage supplies stores, recycled silk is my favorite! The painting on my postcard cover contains bronze sheeting my Dad had left over at work. Finding the materials is a hunt but it's one of my favorite parts of the process, plus it's good for the environment!

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Old photographs like these give me color sourcing and new places to investigate. Where I grew up continues to be inspiration in all of my work. Growing up in upstate New York is like living in a postcard with rolling hills, picturesque falls and a plethora of state parks. As a child I spent a lot of time at my Grandparents cabin in the Adirondack mountains and summers camping at Allegheny State Park. 

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Traveling also greatly inspires my work. This September I spent three weeks in Poland, Hungary and Italy.  In Poland I went to the top of my first mountain. Sitting at the top I will not lie to you I cried a little.  These reference photos I took don't do it justice but are an great source to bring back vivid memories. 

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Here's the exhibition statement: 

The waterfall that once poured into a clear pond at my favorite hiking spot   doesn’t even trickle anymore.  This waterless waterfall is horrifying, but also strangely   beautiful.  The sun still hits the peek and glimmers off the sedimentary boulders   bouncing from top to top until it reaches the now small mud puddle at its basin.  These   striking scenes are the catalyst to my current body of work.  My wish is to present an   exhibition that speaks to both the vast picturesque landscapes we see on postcards and   the beauty I find in the decomposing vistas. I am investigating such imagery through silk painting, wax and stitching.  In its   deteriorated state the wax speaks to the landscapes’ decay and destruction.  The layers   of the work –  dye, then wax, followed by dye, then stitching –  allude to a landscape that   was formed, then altered, then formed again just like the many landscapes that   surrounded me as a child.  I use horse hair in my work to stitch pieces of the landscape   together or to mend it.  The continuous repetitive step of piercing and tying each hair on   the surface forming a mountain feels cathartic.  Making almost surgical-like stitches   somehow works through the feelings I have about the destruction of the landscape.   Through the ripping and tearing apart and then mending and repairing, I feel I express   my distress about what we are doing to nature.     Behind this exhibition will be several dualities:    permanence and impermanence, the beauty of a pristine landscape and the beauty in its decay, my condemnation of the   devastation of nature and my appreciation of the beauty that can result.    The work is not political, seeking to call attention to the devastating results of environmental   unconsciousness rather, it investigates my conflicting emotional response to landscape, now so often ruined by humans, a conflict that I see as fertile ground for art making.

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I hope this bring some insight to my work. Hope to see you all at the opening! 

JASPER STUDIOS!

Hey Y'all

Sorry for such a long pause in the blog posts. I'm going to start doing something new. Many people have asked for the inside scoop on my studio practice and what I've been working on and your requests have been heard! 

I am currently a resident at Jasper Studios. First off, I must give praise to this beautiful industrial building and a HUGE thank you to the Voloshin family for blessing me with this space. Work has just been flowing out and there is inspiration in every corner, both from interactions with the tenants and the architecture itself. 

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I mean look at this place! 

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So welcome to my studio! 

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I am currently gearing up for my first solo show so the studio is just a blank canvas for me to arrange and rearrange pieces. Creating partnerships and relationships between my "friends" (yes, I call my paintings my friends) so I am prepared come install day.  Having my work plastered on the walls is a constant challenge for me to stay in constant pursuit for progression and helps me keep common threads between the pieces. 

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In the center of the room I have my work table. I always have two paintings in progress, one on either side of the table. I work intuitively from an reference photo but the key is knowing when the painting has surpassed the photo. I then hide the photo from myself because a painting should never try to be a photo copy. 

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I am currently at a crossroads in my work and have been switching back and forth between fiber and oil painting. The processes are so different, each with their pros and cons so I've chosen to pursue them both expanding and extending the relationships between paint and cloth. 

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So there you have it! There's Jasper! Continue to look back at all upcoming events, art discussions and collaborations!