Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Shrinking my world

It's always good to try new things. Honing a skill is the perfect reason to give myself permission to be a little messy, a little careless, a little off topic. Since my next series is "All About the Crown," I plan to shrink my world and enter the realm of the jeweler. Much easier said than done.

Linked In
1 1/2" x 7 1/2"

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Holding Pattern, a work in progress.

Holding Pattern is in the Strands exhibit in the Carnegie Gallery at our own award-winning  Columbus Metropolitan Library along with many fine works by the artists of Creative Arts of Women (CAW)

My work doesn’t often lend itself to themed exhibitions but I was drawn to create a piece for Strands in support of the Hair Theater Fund:  

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For me, a strand is a thread of conversation. It is a woven pattern of memories. It is a wisp-thin filament that stitches together fragile moments. It is the last, tacit connection as seed falls from tree, leaving behind the stem, once nurturing and strong. Holding Pattern is a testament to the power of tacit connections and a witness for memories too often relegated to the back of the drawer.

Holding Pattern
Cotton loop-woven potholders, copper wire, Sunset Maple seed stems
63" x 72"





Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rose Mallow Series, Winter's Toll

Exhibited in CAW's PAPERazzi Exhibition at MadLab in Columbus, Ohio and juried into the 67th Ohio Annual, Zanesville Museum ofArt, Zanesville, OH

 Winter's Toll
Vellum, copper wire, Honeylocust thorns, Hickory shells
27" x 16" x 6"


Rose Mallow Series, Hail Mary

It is important to contemplate the mysteries 
and remember that
 when action fails, there is only prayer
  beads that don't slide 
smoothly through these fingers 

In May, 2011, I was proud to exhibit this piece as well as Sycamore Series, Halo with Mother Artists at Work at the Concourse Gallery in Upper Arlington, Ohio. You can read a review of the exhibit here.

  Rose Mallow Series, Hail Mary
Copper mesh, wire, wood, Honeylocust thorns,
and plastic glow-in-the-dark figurines
12' x 6' x 2'


Rural Routes (not your traditional landscape) Exhibition featuring works by Claire E Smith and Catherine Bell Smith

This exhibition at the Ohio Art League Gallery with Claire E. Smith took place last April. The show consisted of lithographs, drawings, and three large sculptures.  The series of lithographs and the sculpture "Black Angus" are the creations of Claire Smith and can be viewed here. The drawings, Sentinels of Route 68, and the sculptures, Reliquaries and Watershed are mine. The opening was Thursday, April 7 and it was packed with friends and family from Columbus, Cleveland, Wausau, and Chicago. Their support was overwhelming.

 Sentinels on Route 68 I, II, III, IV
 Charcoal on rag paper
   53" x 24"


Hardware cloth, screen, steel, fountain grass seeds
3' x 10' x 14'
Reliquaries (detail)
Reliquaries (detail)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Milkweed Series

Longhorns (Chocolate Pecans & Caramel)
Chocolate box, paper, mesh and milkweed seeds
15" x 12"
a submission for Eat, Drink and be Merry

Rural Routes (not your traditional landscape)

An installation about impressions, memory, distances, and place and the route that connects them.
 Watershed (detail)
4' x 8' x 35'
Fountain grass, wire mesh, steel columns

In April, I am privileged to exhibit at the Ohio Art League Gallery with Claire E. Smith. The show will consist of lithographs, drawings and three large sculptures creating the installation, Rural Routes (not your traditional landscape). The opening is Thursday, April 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The location is 1552 North High Street Columbus, OH 43201-1121.The exhibition will run from April 7 through April 29.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rural Routes, Mystery Tour

The Rural Routes Series is inspired by the long, repeated trips along 71 between Columbus and Cleveland. Driving at high speed through a landscape in order to arrive at a destination only allows glimpses of the whole picture. Memory strings those images together, shifting size, losing detail, overlapping structures, collapsing distances. A thread develops and the countryside that separated two places becomes the route that connects two homes. And what you call home begins to include those spaces between.

Mystery Tour, Route 161
 Charcoal, copper wire and hickory nut shells
 1-14, 13" x 8"  15-20, 6" x 6"
November 2010