Last weekend I went to Baltimore to deinstall this show that I had at the 4 Hour Day Lutherie in Baltimore. The show was basically a re-cap of much of the work I made in my first year of grad school.
From left to right on the wall,
I had my Body Land Memory quilt squares (see them here).
These were followed by my most recent pieces, which were explorations with laser cutting mirrors - in two photographs, I cut out the figure in mirror and from the plexi frame and puzzle-pieced them together to create a mirrored figure. The bigger mirrored piece is in the style of a traditional quilt square called the Texas Star, created with two photos of myself in the land pieced together, one with clear acrylic and one with mirrored.
I also had my proposals for how to care for mountains affected by Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, which were part of my Thinking Like A Mountain Zine, and some pillow versions of the Body Land Memories.
It felt really good to have the opportunity to put all this work together that I had been making in the studio, and to really get it to a finished state. Especially while in school, I think it can be easy to nearly finish something, get critiques on it and then just move on to the next thing. Much of this work was basically finished but not necessarily ready to hang. Having this show gave me that push to fully finish everything! I am also really happy with the pillows - something I hadn’t been planning to do but realized were the perfect fit for the extra Body Land Memory squares.
I’m super grateful to Tyler at the Lutherie for being so accommodating and running such a beautiful space with his dad. Also thanks to Hannah for helping me install and de-install!!