VSC Part 4: Work I Made

It was really important for me to do whatever I wanted with my art in Vermont.   I took Gina's Blanket Energy & My Blanket Energy to Vermont as a starting point. All works below are watercolor, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, and acrylic. 

Gina's Blanket Energy.

Gina's Blanket Energy, detail.

My Blanket Energy.

My Blanket Energy, detail.

I painted a really loose mural of a giant cactus on my wall and really loved the shapes that were made.  They were slightly phallic and moved upward and downward which created great movement.  I used those shapes to illustrate my idea of what a phantom orgasm would look like, which turned into the two below works. 

Phantgasm Red, 22x30 inches.

Phantgasm Blue, 22x30 inches.

I elaborated on that theme and made the below triptych, each is 15x20 inches...

Ghost Sex Triptych.

XOXO/Orgasm, 48x36 inches.

XOXO/Orgasm Detail.

Raz, 15x20 inches.

Myself in front of my Giant Cactus Mural.  For XOXO I wanted more space to work out some of the techniques I had tried on the smaller works.  With Raz I had a lot of fun and took a lot of liberty with its construction.  I was able to bring my mural to a loose but finished place getting some great transparency with the blue I chose. 

Taking the month to think about nothing but making art was really a wonderful experience.  I had a lot of fun and met a wonderful group of people.  I'm so grateful to my family, friends, and Fisk for doing so much to get me there.  I can't imagine a better way to recharge artistically than this.  Now it's time to finish grad school applications, after our trip to Richmond, Virginia this weekend... 


VSC Part 3: Open Studios

The Wednesday before our departure we had open studios where everyone could check out what was made.  Here are a few things I was able to snap a photo of.  It was great to see all the work everyone had made. 

Some messy and wonderful sculpture and painting by Julian Watts.

Drawing and sculpture by Stanley Matengwa.

Installation by Abbey Rich.

A painting by Virginia Crawford Pierrepont.

Collage materials/Painting/Button from the life of Jenny Endresen.

A fantastic sculpture by Nick Mayer.

A painting by Andrew Fish.

Some fun works by Tom Cote.

Portraits by Emma Fineman.

Lovely drawing and detail of a painting by Celan Bouillet.

Detail of a drawing by Hai-Hsin Huang.

A work by Nikita Gale.

My Magic Cactus Mural. 


VSC Part 2: Heavy Handed by Austin Furtak-Cole at the Red Mill Gallery

Everyone working at the Vermont Studio Center is an artist - except for the chef Mark, which is fine because Mark is awesome.  I especially enjoyed this work by Austin, who is also awesome. 

There is a lovely relationship between a very contemporary illustrative/street art style paired with hands that reference Italian Renaissance painting.  The intimate scale of these works, all around 12 x 12 inches, secure  subtle suggestions of thoughts and emotions tied to each work.  Heavy Handed is an appropriate title; descriptive of the heavy nature of hands of the artist and those that have been painted, as well as suggestive of a weighty theme within the work - to understand experience & meaning through the process of art making.  Austin leaves his statement with relinquishing, "the control I might never have had in the first place." 


Vermont Studio Center: Part 1

I wish these photos had more people in them for you, but I've never been very good at getting people together for photos.  Here are some scenes from around town - in the lovely and little Johnson, Vermont.

Stain glass reflections in our Church studio building.

My studio.

Where I lived.


The puzzle of the Red Mill. 

Johnson is a great little town.  It was perfect for a month of art making.  Very cold & quiet in November.  The slow pace was wonderful after the hurried and busy pace of NYC.