An example from a new series of drawings that I am making for the exhibit.
Having been one of the community of artist's exhibiting during the Main Street museum's first year I am honored to show here again. The energy and creativity that surrounded David Ford's unique art venue in the 1990's anchored my sense of being part of a larger vibrant arts community in Vermont. May this worth institution endure another 25 years!
I have been invited to create a work that responds to a Nicols Goddard early 19th century clock in the Bennington Museum Collection. This work will be exhibited in a group show titled "Time for the Holidays" and is for sale, a silent auction and fundraiser for the Museum.
My artist's statement for the exhibit:
For this set of drawings I hammered a gear similar in age and form to a component in the Nichols Goddard Clock. I placed the gear in the center of each square of paper (with graphite transfer paper in between) and struck the gear repeatedly. Each time I hit the gear with the hammer it moved. I used time as a parameter for the work; viewing these series in a clockwise direction from the upper right quadrant drawings were made in 15, 30, 45 and 60 second intervals. These time frames reference the markings on the face of the Nichols Goddard clock. While this work is silent and static as displayed, the process of making the drawings encompasses sound and movement, resonating with like qualities of the Goddard clock as it works to keep time.
I am grateful to be invited to exhibit in my home town of Montpelier Vermont. thank you to the collective gallery members of "The Front" for inviting me to join you in October and November of 2017 as a visiting artist.
My exhibit opened at Cynthia Reeves with an artist's panel discussion. I am talking about my work in this exhibit joined by my talented fellow artists Anne Lindberg, Shona Macdonald and Gudrun Mertes- Frady . Exhibition closes January 28th-
28 Main St, Walpole NH.
Come join me and my family for this opening tomorrow at the Kent Museum, Kent Corners, Calais Vermont. more info at http://www.kentscorner.org/art-at-the-kent.html
My prints and drawings are on display. I'm in great company with some wonderful visual artists: Ethan Bond-Watts, Galen Cheney, Marina Epstein, Brenda Garand, Paul Gruhler, John Haynes, Maggie Neale, Mickey Meyers, Lucinda mason, Michelle Ratte, Ashley Anne Veselis. There will be Music, food, drink and good company. This is the way to spend an early fall afternoon.
Really pleased to receive news that I will be attending Radgdale Artist's Colony , north of Chicago in Lake Forest illinois , for 2 1/2 weeks in a bit over a year. I will be working on my drawings and animations. I hear the visual arts studios are wonderful.
Its wonderful to be part of this group show opening on Friday September 11 and up through october 4.
Please join me for the opening reception on Saturday, September 12, 3-5 pm
for more information about the artists and the poetry readings each sunday http://www.kentscorner.org/art-at-the-kent.html
A bit over 140 people attended the performance of my installation "Over and Under" at the VCFA green. the wind was up and created challenges and beautiful moments for dancers Heather Bryce, Laura Gordon and Liz Leahy. many thanks to collaborating Choreogrphaer Heather and the dancers as well as Pat Markley who accompanied the peformance on guitar. I am absolutely looking forwar to Carlos Diaz's film on the project!
The Weather report for tomorrow, Saturday, is fantastic. So we are definitely presenting my installation"Over and Under" on the green of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier at 5pm.
The installation and choreography are coming along! Some interesting dicoveries…the dancers using the ribbon as support-leaning back, leaning in…lots of tension…lots of force. The lines have become tighter, taughter in response. I noticed today a rythm that reminded me of the ticking of a clock, the notation of time…when two dancers moving in opposition, one towards the trunk, one away, hesitate for a moment…and then move to winding the next strut.
Please come to the one and only performance of this installation on Saturday June 20 ,5 pm. Vermont College of Fine Arts Green, Montpelier Vermont.free and open to the pubic. bring a blanket to sit on or a chair.Dancers include choreographer Heather Bryce, Liz Leahy and Laura Gordon.
I began working with Choreographer Heather Bryce and dancers Denise Townsend and Laura Gordon this morning at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. We will be on site each morning ths week (weather premitting) developing the movement sequence for my textile installation "Over and Under". Please Join us for the final performance on Saturday, June 20, 5pm, on the green of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier Vermont (corner of west and east state streets) I am absolutely looking forward to the next week of exploration and seeing how this work develops.
My next Installation/dance/weaving is being developed for a site on the Vermont College of Fine Arts Green. I am working with choreographer Heather Bryce, who will develop the movement sequence through which the work is constructed.
Rehearsals start Saturday june 13 on the green which is near the corner of West street and East state streets in Montpelier Vermont.
I feel very fortunate to have worked with such talented collaborators Candice Salyers and Dahlia Nayar. It was truly a trascendent experience to watch them perform my textile installation.
Their meditative state , slow, subtle movement, and focus shifted the audience's perception of time. The audience sat between the dance performance site and a busy road: on one side noise and fast moving cars on the other two women moving very very slowly with incredible intention in bare feet. What a contrast. The dancer's managed to slow us all down despite the bustle of everyday life assering itself in the soundscape-trucks blaring country music, cars accelerating, a train pulling into town. I wish i could watch it all over again. Look at the video under "Motion-Line-Form" n teh body of my website…a 13 minute summary of what was an 1 1/2 long performance.
We've been having a wonderful week of rehearsals on site at the Brattleboro Museum.come to the performance May 9 at 4 pm.
I set up the ribbon struts last week in a high wind…some beautiful moments when the ribbon got away from me and sailed through the air (that will be another installation piece). Sam Kelley, exhibitions manager at the Brattleboro Museum, helped me wrangle them back into place. Today I'm completing the prep for starting rehearsals which means gathering the last of the materials, finishing up my rewinding devices for the ribbon and sewing various tool belts that the dancers can use to hold the ribbon.
Tuesday morning I drive south and meet choreographers Candace Salyers and Dahlia Nayar on site at the museum to continue developing the movement sequence for the installation. I'm excited to be working together on site after a big hiatus from the fall ( it had something to do with these long Vermont Winters!). Hoping its won't dare snow this week as far south as Brattleboro. (Performance is 4pm Saturday May 9)
Settling into my three week residency having set up my work space. They have lent me a huge 20' X 30' studio with fantastic light. My bedroom and bath are in the same building along with a kitchen I can use. I'm in a brand new building so everything is elegant and clean and well heated. Who can ask for more? A good group of cohorts , a mix of writers and visual artists. Dinner is held communally in the dining hall of the mansion…wood paneled walls, heavy mahogony chairs, it's all very high victoriana.