Loose and Simple

I am loving using walnut ink on this soft cream paper! Trying to loosen up, and not plan drawings out too much – letting the ink do what it wants. In keeping this exercise simple, I’m currently sticking with anonymous portraits of imaginary women, inspired by all the beautiful ladies I know.

These are all available for purchase in the shop, and I’ll continue putting up new work as it comes out. Thank you so much for looking!

“to bits and pieces” – solo show at CMD:P Gallery in Pioneer Square!!

Happy 2014!

{Warning – Image HEAVY!}

I’m a little late on this, but I currently have a show up at CMD:P Gallery down in Pioneer Square! The opening was last week, and I got to see lots of my favorite people, so thank you so much for making it by! If you didn’t get a chance to come see the space, the work will be up until the end of January. You can even just walk by and look through the windows!

This body of work was rather experimental – as usual it was under a time crunch, so I set parameters early: I found some amazing handmade watercolor paper at the Artists and Craftsman Supply store up in the University District – and picked up a pile of small pieces, and a few large ones. I had no idea what these were going to become, but two weeks later, and after destroying the studio, here are 12 new pieces! All done with charcoal, sumi ink, acrylic and of course, the cut-fabric flowers.

January Artwalk flyer

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“Cosmos”Dahlia sm

“Dahlia”

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Frost sm

“Frost”Fuscia sm“Fuschia”Lacquer sm

“Lacquer”Oh boy sm

“Oh Boy”Posey sm

“Posey”Russet sm

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I rang in the new year with the first flu I’ve had in years and years, up to my ears in scraps of work and small projects. I’m very happy and can’t wait to see what happens next! I hope the start to your year was beautiful, and that it only gets better –

Bitter, Sweet & Slightly Dirty – Show at the Twilight Gallery!

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I’m thrilled [and proud!] to announce that this month I will be showing work at the Twilight Gallery in West Seattle! Co-owner Tracy Cilona got a hold of me a few months back asking if I’d be interested, and after meeting her and seeing the space, I absolutely had to say yes!

“Bitter, Sweet & Slightly Dirty” is a collection of both larger flower collage-portraits and tiny, slighty-sad cute girl drawings, covering my two intensive interests from the past four years.

The show runs through the whole month of July, but the PARTY {which you should come to!} is on July 11th, from 6-9 pm. There will be busking by Whisky Bliss, tea-leaf reading by Kate Ryan, a beautiful zine display by Kook Tephlon, mandala window istallation by Sarah Barrick – all amongst the beautiful collection of wares which is the boutique bit of “Twilight Gallery & Boutique.” Go here: 4306 SW Alaska St., Seattle, WA. Oh, and there’s free parking. Whaat??

Here are some peeks at new work that is currently on the walls:

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“Bare Leg Weather”

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“Eyes to Knees”

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“Being Small”

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“Purple”

Artist Statement

My responsibility as an artist is to create work that fills an emotional need, and to inspire curiosity and reflection. I need to make visually pleasing and accessible work that also has a little edge. My intent is to create something sober, pleasing, and melancholic – and to show that sadness is necessary and in concert with joy: I am after the bittersweet. I want people to connect to the work, have an emotional reaction to it – an appreciation for the sensuality of the subject matter. I want to remind the viewer of their own imperfections, their own mortality… their own beauty.

I feel a responsibility to continue the tradition of figurative drawing, as an exercise of self-awareness, criticism and appreciation for craftsmanship. I am drawing from the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi which – to put it very simply – values imperfection, impermanence, and incompletion. I make an effort to use raw, degradable materials such as paper, charcoal and unfinished wood in my pieces to ensure that they are susceptible to the beauty that comes with age. I cherish the pencil, brush and ink because of their simplicity, versatility and sensuality. The limited palate is capable of a beautiful, rich array of grays: deep, understated, melancholy. The paper and cotton I choose to work on are both delicate and strong, textured and smooth, utilitarian and cheap. We come into contact with these things every day, and to value these materials is to work on an appreciation of the mundane – an appreciation of daily experience.

I reject the traditional figure-ground relationship, omit a horizon – even a ground line – and place my figures within a strictly 2-dimensional space. My girls are at once isolated in the center of their own universes – and interconnected to the smattering of floating, ephemeral objects by which they are surrounded. Loneliness is such a big deal to me. Everybody gets it.

I am obsessed with skin. It’s this weird complex ugly beautiful bag which contains and separates ‘us’ from everything else. Body modification – specifically modifying the skin by inking or puncturing – is to redefine and rewrite our relationship with the world. I am interested in this artificial outline with which we separate ourselves from an imaginary exterior: this outline which separates person – from flower – from insect – from star – from me – and from you.

My drawings are visual poems. Pretty, bittersweet, and slightly dirty – love poems.

 

Whoo! Okay, snapping back out of art-school mode! Seriously though, this show looks so great in the space, I am so happy with the collection of girls I have gathered into one room, and it would mean the world to me to see you there. Till then!

-S