It's national coming out day y'all. . Here's the thing you don't know the first time you do... you get to keep on doing it. . Like when you get your hair cut with a new stylist or in a surprisingly casual conversation with the check out person at the grocery store. . Sometimes in those casual encounters I catch myself thinking maybe I don't need to roll this out… and then I think: (1) that I live in a world where I get to be out and that respect needs to be shown to those who did not have the privilege to be themselves and (2) when you put a face and a kindness with an unknown, that unknown becomes much harder to hate. . #nationalcomingoutday #equality #hrc #rainbow
In the Very Next Moment - D, ink on paper, 9x9.
Weekends are for making. Making art, making food, making decisions, making things happen...
The other day I was thinking about the tool I use the most. Here it is, steel on steel. In both the laboratory and in the studio, I use razor blades quite a bit. Thanks King Camp Gillette for your 1904 patent. While I am glad for your razor blades, I’m not quite a fan of your brand of Utopian Socialism, where all industry should be taken over by a single corporation (Looking at you Amazon).
The final piece, as yet unnamed. And now, I’d like to introduce to you John, who commissioned me for this piece, and Ali, his girlfriend, who made all of the decisions and was the point person for communication. John and Ali were simply wonderful to work with - and excellent communicators! They have not yet named the piece, which is hanging in their dining room in Washington, D.C. Swipe to see Ali's feedback on the process. . Thanks John! Thanks Ali!
Here it is! The last hyperlapse from this commission process. And with it, I’d like to tell you about the last step in the process - framing. I offer two options: . 1. I send you the piece unframed, and when it arrives on your doorstep, you take it to a local framer. 2. I send the piece to Framebridge, and you decide which frame you like - they even have a digital preview, so you can get a feel for how your new piece of art will look. Then they frame it and ship it to you, and it arrives on your doorstep ready to frame. . Stay tuned for the final piece tomorrow!
Finding the Fiction in Non-Fiction, 40x48in, $495 . And, back to the series! Let’s talk about naming. It can work in one of three ways - four if you count randomly opening a dictionary and pointing, though I do not practice or recommend this. No one wants a piece of art named Blouse (least favorite word of mine EVER). Anyway! I digress. Back to the ways naming can work: 1. I name the piece. 2. We riff back and forth and collaborate on a name, together. 3. Or my personal favorite: I hand the piece off the client and they sit with it in their space and name what it is to them. . My clients for this commission chose the third option and I can’t wait to hear what they have decided on!
Friday introductions! I’m Steph, a biologist who spends her week working on understanding the cellular, developmental and regenerative biology of the planarian flatworm using miscorscopy (light and electron). I’m also an artist who spends her weekends making art, largely about relationships and the commonalities of thought processes and or the intersection of art and science. I have a dog, three chickens and a garden. This is a lot to juggle. But lets be real a second, okay? Because the internet is REAL good at telling people unrealistic stories, where we show a curated version of life. . Here’s the reality: I CANNOT do all of this. There’s just not enough time in the week to do art and science and eat and sleep and, like, keep myself clean. So I’d like to introduce my secret weapon that bends time for me. @linda.misiura (swipe!) takes most of the images you see here and writes or LARGELY edits (yay English and Communication degrees) most of the posts you find here (but not this one!). She made my website via her one-woman business @rubyreddesignstudio and pretty much manages all art related things for me that aren’t just MAKING art. She prints and irons and photographs and ships and organizes shows. She IS my art business. And soon, my wife. Lucky doesn’t cover it.
Another hyperlapse, from round 2! The second round of pieces were all much more similar to each other than the first, yet still unique. After a few days of deliberation, my client drafted an email to me, asking me to choose between #3 from the first round, and one from round two. After sleeping on that email, they decided that they would be disappointed if it wasn’t #3 from round 1 that ended up on their wall. An excellent way to make a choice! Only one more piece to reveal, before the final - stay tuned.