I coordinated a workshop for Gowanus Studio Space members called Grant Writing for Artists which was led by Andrea Petrini. It’s all a part of my effort to give the studio quality programming that deals directly with the business of being an artist. Andrea is an expert on the subject, being both an accomplished artist and grant writer on the individual and organizational levels. Overall, we all were shocked at how logical the process is; personally, it is hard to think of so many of my regular activities as being worthy of funding. I’d never think of putting a stipend for myself in the budget, for instance. This starvation mentality is from years of doubting my creative output’s value while dealing with the overall scepticism or apathy the world generally seems to be filled with. How amazing it is to consider that organizations are genuinely interested in supporting our work! I came away determined and renewed. Andrea will be giving another workshop in June for GSS members, then we may schedule in a few for …
I have a few ideas bouncing around in the conceptual space I have titled Monstress Mid-Living. I am not giving much in terms of details at this point, but here are some shots of an initial prototype for a pop-up book that will also inform an immersive interactive piece. It’s very rough (10 minutes of cutting), but I am working out how to reproduce a non-obnoxious shrug.
I have lived, played, or worked in Visual Communication in some way for nearly 30 years, since the days I discovered I had to draw in order to stay sane. I have been through the waves of self-development and technological change and now that I teach these skills to others, I am always looking for ways to give the most high-impact lessons at the right time. Now, as I find myself drawn to physical computing and other modalities, I have to regroup and figure out how to show my students how to engage as beginners. Once I started teaching at the college level, I taught straight-up web design for a number of years–it taught me process, code, order, and clarity. Now that web design has been tamed rather a lot, I am anxious to find another compelling way into the conundrum of how to show students what is truly possible without overwhelming them from the start. The rub is this: how can I awaken my students to all that is possible without immediately lashing them to the …
I am developing and curating a pop-up show in May/June 2016 at the Gowanus Studio Space called False Dichotomy: Printmaking / High Technology. The show centers on fine art printmaking that intersects, depends upon, and even conquers high technology. I am recruiting artists who use data, sensors, alternate processes, wearables, and other technologies to produce multiples, texts, and other sorts of editions. I will also be producing a catalog with an essay or two from significant sources, but those details are most certainly in the works as I am calling in a lot of good karma in the community.
First, here are 20 key pieces to understanding my body of work: If you care to dive deeper, I have a full collection of work below. Monstress Products Printmaking Drawing/Illustration Photography: Polaroid Work Performance and Installations
This is the vision I originally developed for the City Tech Printmaking Club, and now that we have officers, it is starting to become a reality! Of course, I am just an advisor–what the students make of all of this is up to them. Every student at City Tech should know we exist. Events, demos, classes, shows…the whole community needs to know us as a force for good. Printmaking is about generosity, democracy, opportunity, and making something with what seems tone nothing. Let’s make our own equipment, be scrappy, fight the good fight! This club is about empowerment through personal visual communication. Printmaking taught me problem solving, gave me a history of protest, propaganda, and commerce to draw from as I made my art. Let’s get excited about the potential involved in a few simple items, some ingenuity, and a lot of elbow grease. Let’s build presses, screens, tools! Let’s find all we need on the cheap, or from stuff being thrown away! No dependence upon others! Let’s make some art. Yes, we are in a design program, and we have plenty to learn in …
Springing from the fields of package design and conceptual art, Monstress Activities addresses modern worries and hopes in a humorous, thought-provoking way. This box set of 5 different products combine into one distinctly joyful and fun proposal for a different perspective on life. Arts in Education Artist Book Grant Funded by a National Endowment of the Arts Project Grant Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York Medium: Screenprint, Plate Lithography, Diecut Completed: 2000
I drew these for someone with whom I thought I was in love. She was moving to the New York to be closer to me and some other friends, and she was bringing her pets. When she told me she had finally decided to come, I drew these in one fevered evening straight onto copy paper I had stolen from work and sent them the next day. This was how I pitched woo. Ah, youth! These are intended to be trifold brochures.
I created Lil Bird – a short, neurotic antihero of a canary – at the end of a chaotic period. I had no money at the time, so I just used scrap paper from the recycling bin and churned out dozens and dozens of these bits and made a few zines out of them.
This is a book recounting a sad story from my childhood, using no words. Medium: Linocut Case Bound Book, 10 pages Dimensions: 10″ x8.5″ Completed: 1995