Wednesday, May 27, 2009

First bits of Citizens Sustained

Below are a few terrible images (I apologize, seriously bad) of the beginnings of the things for Citizens Sustained. This project was done for the 2009 Cathedral Village Arts Festival. I asked people what sustained them. I'm mailing them art about it them. I have a far more eloquent, intelligent explanation of the project but it's late and it's handwritten in a book beside me not actually inside my laptop. Either way, here's two of the three that are done/near done.

Dancing sustains Carleen... she's a belly dancer, thus the henna-like designs. This is actually purple and silver, not ... greys.

Tea which sustains ... a woman whose name I can't remember this very second. It will say "Tea Beverage of Champions"

I'm hoping to do some or all of the following:
create an art film as imagined by 13 year old girls about broccoli and oranges
a website about the internet fairy and a computer monster
something about a woman's two grandsons.

I also finished and do not have here a rather obscene and (I think) hilarious comic.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


So these are the pretzels. Recipe here: Smitten Kitchen
And then I made a 13 layer cake for the Full Nelson Reception from Bakerella

Tomorrow I will be making my brundle sack for the Cathedral Area Arts Festival.

woop woop!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Ok, the show is installed and open!

Reception and show information is here: (facebook)

Ultimately only the Space Sphinx, Sweetums the Cannibal Bird and the Gentleman caller were installed. I'm ok with that. The cupcakes are in! Sweetums is actually "Sweetums the Cannibal Bird Likes Cupcakes. Do You Like Cupcakes?"

This is short but I'm going to buy groceries to make some soft pretzels. Installation shots and perhaps pictures of the pretzels to follow.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Still Workin'

This one actually is a codpiece for The Gentleman Caller:

This is for the Amateur League (part of the Sphinx crew):
This is Golden Boy:

And the Space Sphinx!!

Yup. I'm pretty hip. I've also been making these cute lil' cupcakes:

And here I am balancing one on my head:


Sunday, March 8, 2009

David Byrne

So, I've just watched The Colbert Report of March 2, 2009 and am re-in heart with Mr.David Byrne. He performed live and had dancers, dancing in office chairs. He was also in one and participated in office chair dancing as well. Swoon.

Here's the art portion of his website.

Just saying. It's nice. I like it.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


WORK! is a piece about work, working and being told to work.

There are many examples of work and work-related imagery in the piece.

How many can you find?

In lieu of a book in the gallery, feel free to comment below.

A special THANK YOU goes out to Ms. A. Fahlman for helping me with the photos and driving me to get the balloons.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Comparative Scale

For this project, I took two aspects from Lisa Steele’s “Birthday Suit with Scars and Defects” (the catalyst for this assignment): the idea of documenting something that happened to my body well after it happened, and shooting it in one long shot.

The video is a documentation of a Fluxus-inspired action as written on the card at the beginning of the piece. By documenting an action, I am expanding on Steele’s documentation process.

By choosing to weigh my breasts, I am giving a numerical value to my own breasts, which may seem absurd but they already have one as determined by my bra size and men seem to measure their penises with some regularity (or at least I’ve been convinced that this is the case). They are signifiers of womanhood and femininity. In extreme cases though, they are signs of masculinity and over sexualisation.

The title “Comparative Scale” makes it more clear that I am comparing each breast against the other, as well as highlighting the context in which it is presented – a public video website. The entirety of the project is up for the scrutiny of not only the class, or the person marking it but anyone who happens to find it.

The breasts themselves are objects of scrutiny for so many and so often. Delving further into this idea feels condescending and frankly a little painful.

The blurriness of the video speaks to the impossibility of the project itself. It is impossible to accurately weigh breasts without removing them. I still have mine so the results are skewed which is evidenced by being able to see my breathing in the meter of the scale. The removal of a person’s breasts is generally associated with a sex change, cancer or an aesthetic choice. Each of these carries a load of meaning that is referenced in the action but isn’t directly featured.

The finished quilt and image of the pattern

Here is the quilt in its done-ness.

Here is the pattern that I made with the notations so that after I cut it up, I could put the pieces back together again (TR, TL, BR, BL stand for Top Right, Top Left, Bottom Right, Bottom Left)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Quilt Sources

Quilt Art: International professional art quilt group
This group has a wide range of members over more than twenty years with both traditional and contemporary aesthetics.

Elizabeth Brimelow: Member of Quilt Art
The quilt at the top of her page was what I was looking at as I was sewing, trying not to be angry at the plastic for being so slippery.

Pamela Allen: Narrative Quilter
I quite enjoy her ability to tell stories within her work although I'm not sure I agree with all of her colour choices. I also really like her conscious use of 3D elements in her work beyond just fabric.

Joe Sladky's Quilt Frame and Video
This is the best explanation of how to build a quilt frame from a cute little old man! With a video!

How to Make a Crazy Quilt Fan Block

This is one of the two patterns I used to base the pattern I made off of. The other pattern was called "Circle of Life" or "Colour Wheel" from two different sources but when it came down to finding a picture of it, I was unable to. It's similar in structure but with thinner, longer blocks of colour.