(This is the artist statement I wrote for a show I am having in the Closet Gallery at Cornish College of the Arts on Tues. Nov. 22nd)
I remember thinking that I’d never be thirty. Not because I thought I’d die young, but because thirty seemed so old and so far away. It still seems old, but it is definitely not far away. Almost Thirty is a series of prints of me at age twenty-nine, looking in the mirror and recording what I see.
All of the images in this series are observations from life, engraved directly into copper or plexi-glass and then printed. Most of the pieces have blind contour engravings integrated into the images. Using the blind contour technique keeps me honest. I draw what I see and am not tainted by the desire to create a beautiful drawing. It also helps me capture things that I would normally overlook.
For as long as I can remember, I have been an avid people watcher. I always notice a person’s gestures and the way their body moves. When I draw someone, I try to show something specific and unique about them. My ultimate goal is not only to portray who I am looking at, but also how I see the person in front of me.
This series of prints is an attempt at documenting how I see myself in my twenty-ninth year.
sneak peek: setting up the show
Being In The Water 24"x36" engraved acrylic, oil paint, acrylic on canvas
This is my submission to a contest with Seattle Met magazine called “Picture Perfect Moments.” If you like what you see, please click here.
The contest ends on September 27th at 8pm, so please tell your friends to vote! The winner of the contest gets a free trip to Hawaii and I really want to go!!!
Customers are shopping in a Safeway in Seattle. The loudspeaker clicks on.
Hey there valued customers! Tina here! Juuuuuust letting you all know that we have got something fun….. For…. You! I have taken it upon myself to ensure equal opportunity shopping fun for everyone. I am talking about motorized carts! Thanks to me, we now have twenty new ones. Here at Safeway, fun is no longer only reserved for the handicapped and the morbidly obese. You too can ride the aisles in style! Who’s being uptight now Jack? Sorry folks, just sending a little message to my ex over in customer service. So, who doesn’t know how to have fun? I am creating fun for hundreds of shoppers!!!! Bet your new beeeyach cant do that can she? Can you Melissa? NO. No, I don’t think you can. I bet these valued customers would agree with me that man stealing whores are not much fun at all. Even an easy food bagger like you that will bang my man in the storage room while I am hard at work! Anyhoo….There is a sale on avocados. Two for three dollars. Vicks Vapor Rub is buy one get one free. Thanks for shopping at Safeway!
I spent mine drawing this! It is a replica of Albrecht Durer’s “St. Sebastian At The Tree.” This was an assignment for my drawing class. We had to choose a drawing from a master and copy it.
Here is my version:
St. Sebastian At The Tree (copy)
This is the original:
St. Sebastian At The Tree
I designed my own independent study this semester. It is called “Printing from Life.” I go into the open drawing lab and instead of drawing the model with a pencil on paper, I use my engraving needle to scratch the figure directly into the copper plate. I then take it to the printing room, ink it up, and print it. I did my first two prints today. These are each from 10 minute poses.