Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Vessel for Art in Process event on Sustainability
Hosted by The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

Front/Inside View
Back/Outside View

Inside/Underside View

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Annual Student Exhibition [My MFA Thesis show]

In two months my cohort and I will have completed our MFA degrees and our thesis work will be seen in the Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) at PAFA. Now that my proposal has been officially accepted, I'm so excited to talk about the work as it will be rather than in terms of "if". 

I proposed to create a large installation in the stairwell of the gallery from the first floor up to the second floor. The diagrams below are what I submitted to outline my proposal; the colors shown are purely to identify the structure and layering.



The stairwell is 15' across at the widest point, and our security manager advised me to allow for an 8' height clearance above guests' heads. All the anchor points (red dots) are at the same level- along the second floor railing. The segments will hang with monofilament attached to toggles, which fit in the grommets placed along the material.

Below is the lowest layer while it was in progress:



Here is a quick test run for the logistics in hanging the material. The piece got a little twisted when we put it in place, and should also be spread out taut. The finished material is a few feet larger in length and width to fill the space a bit more.



Here is the second layer while it was in progress:


I'm officially half-way finished! It may actually come together after all... (ha!)

Friday, November 21, 2014

How to Make A Chair for Douglas Adams

Here is a series of pieces I created in response to a published text: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams. As one of my favorite books/series of all time, I had enormous fun making these pieces. I used typography and color as key aspects to create a visual equivalent of the source material.

"It is said that despite its many glaring (and occasionally fatal) inaccuracies, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy itself has outsold the Encyclopedia Galactica because it is slightly cheaper, and because it has the words "DON'T PANIC" in large, friendly letters on the cover."


Telekom


Interplanetary Guest Basket


Interplanetary Guest Basket detail


Interplanetary Guest Basket back



Architekt


Architekt detail


Architekt detail




Friday, September 5, 2014

Residuum I [an Installation]


At the end of last semester I created an installation called Residuum I in which each surface of the space is completely covered in plastic bags. Melting recycled/found/reused bags together into tapestries I wrapped each wall, floor, ceiling, and door creating a 17'x10'x7' room made of plastic. Each surface was an exploration of technique, color, and material. The majority of the surfaces were constructed entirely from plastic bags and tape. One surface held discarded prints on acetate and another featured reused aluminum flashing.

More/Less long wall

Yellow end wall
Floor detail at More/Less and Yellow walls

Green long wall

White end wall

White wall, Door, More/Less wall

Door detail with Ceiling

Ceiling
Ceiling and White end wall

Ceiling detail


The space became warmer, darker, and felt smaller with the plastic coverings. The floor remained sticky from spray adhesive so that when my class was in the space for the duration of my 30 minute critique, we became very aware of the sounds our feet made as they stuck and re-stuck to parts of the floor. Having lowered the ceiling to 7' (from it's actual height of about 12') we could look through holes in my plastic ceiling and see the building behind it as well as the light cast from above.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Squirrelly

Here's a new drawing I just finished of a weird little squirrel.

I saw this silhouette of a squirrel in a Pennsylvania Dutch painting at the Barnes Foundation. Since photography and sketching aren't allowed, I went straight back to my studio and drew what I saw as quickly as possible. The features turned into my own derpy version of the squirrel's face and claws.