The next few months are going to be busy. A good busy so no complaints here. Making lists, organizing artworks, preparing shipments, and massaging the brain are on the agenda. As a forty-two-year-old woman, I’ve learned that creative moments can be strengthened through positive environments and networks. Eliminating mental and physical clutter enhances and strengthens new opportunities. Clarity is truly a beautiful thing.
First on deck is the Position Vision Manner exhibit at the Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute in China. Recently, the curator requested written artwork descriptions for the audio tour. An important element to bridge cultures by providing a context of creation to strengthen connections. For example West: “My art investigates diverse cultures and relationships between manmade and natural environments. Fascinated by flight or disorientation, I merge together disparate experiences to create new narratives. Silver Dura-Lar sheets sized 20×27 inches were brought to a gun range in America. Using a Mossberg 500 shotgun as a vehicle of mark making, the film was placed on a target 7 yards away. The artwork records how patterns of power and inequality can be spread through distance, speed, and the repurpose of intention.”
Next month is an exhibit at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana. On April 4th participated in a conference call with curators and docents discussing the artwork’s inspiration. The talk provided insight and curiosity into process. I was thankful for the thoughtful questions and eagerness to share. The works were packed and dropped off at Norton Fine Arts Handling to ensure safe travels.
May 20th will be the Common Ground: A Celebration of Our National Parks exhibit at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. A video art installation will be on display showcasing Yosemite’s Falls with audio from an auction selling Native American objects. Ensuring technical smoothness has been my goal. The exhibit highlights the centennial of the Organic Art of 1916 establishing the National Park Service. Respecting its true history will help protect against the commoditization of our natural world.
In June, three works will on its way for the Blue Marble exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. From the Museum’s website: “The term ‘Blue Marble’ refers to the spectacular color image of planet Earth taken with NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer.” Colorplan sheets were shot with a Mossberg 500 shotgun to record the fragility of our planet. How to display them with raised parts of paper was the question. A trip to San Francisco’s City Picture Frame provided answers.
Deep breathe here and exhale. Busy prepping is a sign of living. Existence is good but thriving is much better. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Onwards to the next adventure!