Monday, December 2, 2013

Installation Art Inspo

My artwork inspired by India has taken on many new forms and media. A major goal and motivation behind going to India was to learn how to transform an experience into a body of artwork. I am proud to say that this goal has already been accomplished.

I am currently planning a third solo exhibition that I plan to include work from both previous shows and several more works. I really want to play with creative hanging and installation techniques.

Here are some artists and projects that inspired me and may help me make some hanging decisions.

‘This Exhibition Is an Accusation’: The Grammar of Display According to Lina Bo Bardi

John Dahlsen Environmental Art

Govinda Prasad Sah Azad (see photo)

Kate MccGwire (see photo)

A Sun of Thread: 84 Miles of String Suspended at MIA by HOT TEA

What unique display methods do you find appealing? Why?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Laura Gable

20″x24″, Oil
Laura Gable
Laura Gable creates absolutely gorgeous paintings using vibrant colors.  I visited her studio while in Kennewick, Washington a couple summers ago and fell in love with her paintings.  She uses scratch board, and book arts as well.  To learn more about Laura's work be sure to check out her website

Though my recent work is not this colorful, I would like to create some work inspired by nature and plan to use some similar color schemes (check out my art blog to track my new work).

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Amy Jurelovic

amy jurekovic, mixed media, self-portrait
Amy's art and style have always been outstanding.  She was a student at the University of Wyoming the same time I was and since has continued to create art in a variety of mediums including painting, mixed media, and tattooing.  Her style is edgy and beautiful.  to see more of her work, check out her website.

Her mixed media paintings certainly serve as inspiration for my book arts style and upcycling work.
Check out my blog to see more of my work.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Riki Klages

Interesting juxtapositions of nature and man-made 
(though I am not sure that is the concept Riki was going for in her paintings).

My last semester at the University of Wyoming I had a chance to get to know Ricki more.  In my watercolor class I learned that she is a master when it comes to understanding, creating and mixing colors.  She is well versed not only in technical aspects of oil paints but watercolors as well.

Check out my blog to see some of my watercolors.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Diana Baumbach

Evidence (1 & 2), Diana Baumbach, 2010
Diana Baumbach is one of the 2D Foundations professors at the University of Wyoming.  She was my supervisor for a gallery internship and has taught classes such as Critical Art Theory, where students discuss contemporary and even controversial topics in the field of art.

Her work tends to be tedious and repetitive.  These works were created by punching many tiny holes through white paper.  Diana's work always inspires my repetitious nature such as creating 230 nooses as well as the use of an achromatic color palate also from my Make it Plain series. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lisa Call

Lisa Call is a textile artist who I have been following for some time now.  Here is an interview about her work.
My favorite quote in the interview was in response to "what was the moment when you first realized you are capable of creating an art career for yourself?"

Lisa responded "when I started thinking big and not hiding."  I can relate to this and see this type of thinking as wonderful wisdom to young and emerging artists.  In addition to thinking bug, I think you just need to go for it and big (for where you are at in your career) things will happen.  One of the problems with art disappearing from schools and our culture is the way people view it.  We no longer see it as a valid profession.  If people could learn to see it as what it is,a business and something that is incredibly valuable to our society, I think more people would see it as a valid job and would actively seek it as a profession.  When people are constant y told that they will fail and be poor, it makes it extremely difficult to give it all you have.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Joseph Herscher

Kinetic artist Joseph Herscher is the creator of an incredible contraptions designed to turn the page on his newspaper.

This piece of kinetic art gets better every time I watch it work.