Monday, February 18, 2013
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Green Festival in DC this past weekend. All of my frames are custom made by me from the Paulownia tomentosa wood which is grown and milled locally in my home state of Maryland at Mt. Hope Farms. Now that is sustainable! All of my prints are done on Hahnemuhle brand bamboo paper. Hahnemuhle donates to an environmental project every time I buy their paper. It was a blast sharing my work with such eco minded patrons and entrepreneurs. I hope to do it again next year. Please visit my Etsy site for access to everything I was selling in DC. Thanks again for all those who visited my booth.
Transformazium church restoration in Braddock, PA. Can't wait to do it again. Other guest artists included Alina Tenser (on nails), Andrew Poneros (on hair), Billy Mode (on body paint), Natalie Frank (on make-up and hair), Mickalene Thomas (body paint), Molly Crabapple (on projections), Mark Read (on projections), and Ayumi Motegi (also on nails). Find out more about Transformazium and the happenings in Braddock here or see more photos of Pearly's Beauty Salon here. Photo credit goes to Lauren Silberman
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Lobot Gallery in the industrial warehouse complex of West Oakland, CA. I completed three new large drawings and installed a piece, which showcased 19 of 33 known edible and medicinal weeds found within the urban landscape. Nineteen of the thirty-three were foraged from no more than a 3 block radius of Lobot. Each of the glass vials is supported by one or more colored rubber bands which correspond to the color coded anatomical drawings of internal organs. Pink, for example, demonstrates the plant is good for digestive complaints while yellow can be used for skin irritations, blue for respiratory, etc, etc. Many species can be used for more than one ailment. See more photos of the installation here. Some plants included:
Matricaria discoidea Pineapple weed
Calendula arvensis Calendula
Sonchus oleraceus Sow thistle
Lobularia maritime Sweet Alyssum
Raphanus raphanistrum Wild Radish
Capsella bursa-pastoris Shepards purse
Malva neglecta Common mallow
Solanum nigrum Black Nightshade (Parts are very toxic. Be careful.)
Trifolium pratense Red Clover
Portulaca oleracea Purslane
Rubus discolores Himalayan Blackberry
I'll be showing brand new works on paper at BOTH Ellen Miller Gallery and Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston until July 10, 2012. These drawings are investigations into the possibility of urban foraging and the resource viability of plants, which thrive within city landscapes and surrounding industrial complexes. For example, one species I’ve been focusing on is Paulownia tomentosa, which is a prolific weed that can often be found sprouting out of brick and mortar. Paulownia has been used as a sustainable wood source in building small structures as well as musical instruments in countries around the world. It has only recently been recognized in the U.S.
I’ve also been interested in urban edibles, which can also be used for medicinal purposes. I have highlighted this research in Schematic Digestion, which include plants that were used in a digestive remedy prescribed to me by an herbal physician. The plants include Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet), Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel), Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion), Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice), Mentha × piperita (Peppermint), Calendula arvensis (Calendula). See more work from the show at my website.
Ellen Miller Gallery
38 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116
Howard Yezerski Gallery
460 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118
Friday, June 22, 2012
Kesting/Ray, NYC at ImPulse. This was the most successful opportunity for making a living my work has ever seen. Thanks to all out there who have supported me. I was also one of three to be nominated for best in show! Margot, Andrew and Adrianna were able to join me and it was hella amazing! Andrew and Adrianna had work at Red Dot (another one of the many Miami art fairs). We saw so much art that week and basked in the sun.