So while I have been gone, I have continued applying for the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. There are three deadlines a year, and with each deadline, one exhibition is awarded by the panel. I can’t tell you how many times I have applied, but every time I do, the proposal gets better. And every time I get a rejection, I call the program administrator to get panel feedback about my proposal. There was a deadline in October, and I got close. Real close. So I convened what we call the Art Justice League, three dear, generous, talented artist friends for chips and gauc and we tightened that baby up. There was talk, some swearing, I took notes and the phrase “juicy titties” came up; a productive meeting. And then one of these artist/friends offered to help me create a digital video of my proposed work in the space. Mostly I sat next to him and pointed at stuff while he made After Effects look easy! He made a sweet little video of my proposed drawn sculptures in the space. I could not have produced a better proposal. I submitted it 2/22/19. I am waiting for the decision. Fingers crossed.
The video is too large to post here, but this screen shot will give you an idea. It was amazing! Thank you for all of your help and support!
How did that happen? With too much too do and too little time. I took a new part time job at the Rochester Art Center last spring assisting with curation and installation, and then I had about five shows to prepare for in that same time. So here I am. I was so delighted to work with artist Alexa Horochowski installing her exhibition “Beautiful Sky.” The work is deeply powerful, beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant. And she was a dream to hang out with. She got me really thinking about scale and ambition. And I think I am ready to pursue both of those things. I hope you will have a chance to see her exhibition!
I don't know where the time goes. Seriously. I was asking everyone I knew to vote for my work everyday at the Bombay Artisan Series for six weeks this fall, and now it is March! Many fabulous professional things have happened in that time as well as some not so fun family health issues we had to work through. But everyone is healthy, my son has a paper route and I am in five exhibitions currently!
I am actually headed off to New Orleans to see my work in the group exhibition Between Stitches at NOCCA tomorrow. I have never been to NOLA, and am so excited to meet a friend there from San Francisco for a girls trip. She knows New Orleans, so all I have to do is follow her around and enjoy.
I am super excited to have brand new work at Nahcotta Gallery's Enormous Tiny Art Exhibition #23 in Portsmouth, Maine with some of my favorite contemporary artists. I have been joking that Nahcotta is where all my favorite online cool kid artists show work, and now I am among them! I even had a piece sell before the opening reception. I just popped online to look at my page and saw a sold button. It was a thrill.
I also have work at Woman Made Gallery in their Woman Made Juried Regional Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. And then two weeks ago, last minute, I got an email from a gallery owner in Dallas who was interested in working with me. Turns out she had an exhibition going up in the next week featuring the women artists of her gallery and asked me to participate. So another big box went to Fedex. I am so happy to be included in Women of RO2. at RO2 Art in Dallas, Texas.
Finally, I have work back in Miami with Casa Mondo Gallery, after having met the owner at Superfine! during Miami Art Week two years ago. It is absolutely crazy. Working your ass off works! Now I just have to get more organized. Turns out I should have a spreadsheet inventory of all my work and where it is. And then I need to start my 2018 tax expenses spreadsheet. And then I desperately need to make some new work. I have a group exhibition with my favorite local art besties in June, and some things coming up in the fall. So I am shutting this down and pulling out my thread. I will be back soon though. Hope you all are well!
are all done! Except for tails and all the little bits of touch up I still need to do...so, really, not done, but I am getting close. I have to install my exhibition on June 4, and I think I can see the end. This little donkey showed up in an earlier post, but has got limbs now. This happens to be my mom's favorite (she has two donkeys of her own.)
And then this deer is one of my favorites. I have had the body in my work closet for at least a year, waiting for a time to get finished. I also am making her a little mirrored vanity and stool...she needs a place to do her makeup.
I just adore sloths. Do you know they do a dance to poop? Sometimes I feel like a little boogie is needed to get things moving.
His left eye can move in the socket, and sometimes he just looks so confused. Or high. I can't decide if I should let it be. It might be a good look for a sloth.