Sunday, October 24, 2010

Traveling Right Now

A couple of my friends (including the great Laura Decker) and I were asked to participant in a traveling show Saltgrass Printmakers was doing with the Utah Arts Council Traveling Exhibition Program. I believe the show is going to 3 high schools and universities, so I think it's supposed to be educational. We were asked to write a description of the concept for one of the pieces, so folks could learn about the artistic process. I wrote one for the piece below, which I originally made for a print exchange organized by my sister, Camilla Taylor, that showed at Kayo Gallery this last summer.

Media: Photopolymer made from hand-drawn negative, lino cut on letterpress
Description of concept for "Middle Ground": This piece was done in response to a print exchange with the theme of liminality. Liminality means to be in an intermediate state, or at a threshold. The image is of an arctic fox with a small bird. The arctic fox is in a state of losing his winter coat, transforming into his summer coat. The colors I chose are more related to fire than to arctic ice, relating to the fox's changing state of mind. The space between the fox and the bird, a relation not seen in the wild, is a representation of a threshold between their two different worlds. I often use patterns of triangles in my work, as shown in the fox's summer coat. The triangles usually represent a group consciousness in my work. In this piece I used it to portray the fox's connectivity to the world around him, and the group consciousness therein.

The two pieces below are also in the show.

"Bill" was originally made for a print exchange organized by Signed & Numbered where the theme was "notorious."

"Not Widely Known" or "Razzle" was made for a print exchange, with the theme of "secret" also organized by my sister, Camilla, and it showed at Kayo Gallery, a couple years ago.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

For Your Eyes

In an effort to stay active I submitted two pieces to the Division of Arts & Museums Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition: Mixed Media and Works on Paper. And, I was surprised to find they both got in. Oh Joy! The exhibition is at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City, and will be up through November 24. And funny thing: my high school art teacher, Mr. Rees, was also in the show and won an award. Oh Joy, Again!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I would like to call this: Progress

Now that my show at Copper Palate Press is over (pictures of that to come later) and I got a couple of days of laziness following its opening, reality has set in. I've got a show coming up at Art Access in June 2011, and so it's time to get back to work! Last night I pulled out three drawings I had started before I started on my stuff for Copper Palate Press. Should I finish them or scrap them?

I decided not to think about it and started on a new drawing:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Old Stuff for a New Blog

I've never had a blog before. To start it off, I'm going to post some old stuff. Two drawings from a show I was part of at Kayo Gallery last year: