While passing through Tennessee at the end of June I stopped by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. There I was lucky enough to see both my friend Amy Masters (who will be there as a resident artist for one year!) and some Ann Coddington Rast work up close and in person. Ann Coddington Rast is one of my hair art heroes, and I was so pleased to finally see her work. I was also in awe of the wall of tiny baskets produced by her students!
If you find Art:21 a little “low energy” (as my public speaking teacher would say), you might instead prefer this lovely five minute bio of John Baldessari, narrated by Tom Waits. If you’re in the DC area, don’t miss the Hirshorn exhibit Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950, which features some of the work Baldessari created following the “cremation” of the paintings he made between 1953 and 1966.
Moving to the DC metro area (note: without every having visited) has been such an eye opening experience. The amount of amazing art, architecture, and visual stimuli I am exposed to on a regular basis is a little mind-blowing. In the desert I had (unfortunately) became immune to my surroundings, traveling with glazed eyes between my house and campus. Now my eyes are filled with epic monuments and stately architecture and design—centuries of national hubris expressed through art. The result is so awe-inspiring it might make a patriot out of me yet.
I want my own art to reflect my new surroundings, but first I have to process everything I am seeing.
The recent acquisitions to my personal print collection following the SGCI 2014 conference includes this tiny gem from Kathryn Polk titled “This is Not a Pie.” KPolk is one of my all-time favorite printmakers (and, in my book, the Number One Badass Lady Lithographer). I finally summoned the courage to introduce myself to her on the last day of the conference, and discovered that she is one of the nicest ladies and a very humble artist. She was more than willing to give me her time and we had a great little conversation about lithography, in which she gave me some really sound advice and encouragement.