Susan R. Kirshenbaum

art and life - both the cherries and the pits

What's YOUR Story?

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At the reception (unconsciously) dressed similarly to the old black and white photo to my right.

Beside the vitrine at the Barbie on the Cusp exhibition reception April 2019 (SF, CA). The vertical photo is the perfect Barbie size!

Beside the vitrine at the Barbie on the Cusp exhibition reception April 2019 (SF, CA). The vertical photo is the perfect Barbie size!

The art book version of the story laid out for reading with a “write your own” notebook next to it.

This is the left entry side wall of the installation rounding the corner with drawings, props, and dolls.

This is another view of the left entry side wall of the installation.

At the reception, there was a video playing of me reading the story.

At the reception Fred and Laurette show off their books.

SIGHTINGS IN MEXICO

Mexican ceramic inspiration with genitals, unlike Barbie and her friends.

Researching while traveling in Mexico City in April 2019…Barbie seemed to be everywhere I looked!

Researching while traveling in Mexico City…

NYC ART FAIR + BARBIE

Here are a couple of pieces (two different artists) which I saw in May 2019 at the NYC Art Fair. I think they are kindred spirits to my own Barbie art and storytelling. These artists certainly have stories to tell!

Artist: Jemison Faust, “Are You Saying Yes to the Dress #4”

Artist: Jemison Faust, “Are You Saying Yes to the Dress #4”

Artist: Leonore Anthony, “Trophy Wives”

Artist: Leonore Anthony, “Trophy Wives”

THE IMPETUS

My latest art residency consisted of a six-week stint with Black and White Projects at Pacific Felt Factory in San Francisco. I’d love to do more residencies like this! I had a nice little chunk of space to work in and work with right here in SF. I had someone there to choose which project on my list to tackle and that same person to offer suggestions along the way. I was looking for this input as I sometimes feel like I’m working in a vacuum without other artists around sharing space and ideas. My project started out as “A Doll’s House” and developed into “Barbie on the Cusp” (see www.cherrypits.net/portfolio).

Since I already have established my recurring themes I wanted to continue to build on them: feminism, the female form, body love, self-love, personal histories and story-telling, human liberation and expression, censorship, multiple layers and streams of communication, costumes, nudity, the gesture, strong personalities, vivid colors, bold women, our shared humanity, nature as the body and other juxtapositions, plus all that is sensuous without necessarily being sexual.

EXPANSION - YOUR STORIES

As I dug deeper into this project and discussed it with friends, I heard stories that I wanted to add to my story. Now I invite you to think about how Barbie affected you. I would like to include a variety of stories (all kinds!) in one of my next Barbie books. I will not include your name and I will lightly edit stories.

Please email me your stories to: srkirshenbaum@gmail.com

THE RESIDENCY PROJECT

The residency took me down some old art paths that felt new. Digging into my personal history I became focused on the Barbie game I played as a 13-year old. What that would look like as an art project was tough to work out. I don’t have a collection of Barbies, so I put out a call for them and yes - I still need more!

I started by writing and drawing the story digitally. But once I got a box-full of Barbies and had collected an assortment of Barbie-related materials I began visualizing the gallery installation. I had the luxury of space on several walls and a floor - to convert into my Barbieland. I wanted to combine all types of things into an installation that spun off of the basement Barbie game that I played with my 13-year old girlfriends growing up in Pittsburgh in the 60s. And I wanted to illustrate why that tale is still relevant (and not a cliche) today. Barbie has been a popular art and fashion theme for decades, but there’s still a lot of substance there to explore.

THE INSTALLATION

Installation art is something I haven’t done in a long time, if ever to this extent. I was thinking about a class from my distant past in video and performance art at SFAI with Howard Fried and Karen Finley. Right after that I had a one-person show which included a performance piece. So I referenced these distant experiences, but I got so excited about the story aspect that I developed a story book in three formats:

  • A small square printed version in an edition of six (Chatbooks)

  • An 8.5 x 11 version ink-jet printed and accordion-folded for display in the center of the exhibition

  • A video of me reading the story

Book jacket of my first limited edition “Barbie on the Cusp” produced in April 2019.

Other elements of the installation included a game board of sorts on the floor, littered with headless dolls in positions that indicated sex and violence , some surrounded by body outlines, all surrounded by hazard tape.

Small headless Barbie doll children crawled up the walls and were rudely taped down. Little piles of dolls on the floor below. Paper mounted around the walls are short-pose life drawings of a model (Tami Tsark) in underwear and odd outfits with props including her interacting with Barbies.

DIGITAL VS. MANUAL

I started the drawing process in my comfort zone, on my iPad (the source for the first book) but I soon moved to drawing on the paper on the walls. This was all about getting out of my comfort zone. I want to draw directly onto the walls next time!

A chapter divider page in the book of the model in gloves, hat, and underwear with Barbies.

A chapter divider page in the book of the model in gloves, hat, and underwear with Barbies.

Here I’m drawing my model, Tami, at the residency studio. Working with short poses as always, but going non-digital this time.

INSPIRING OTHER ARTISTS

Friends at the reception. Liz (center) made this intricate paper Barbie gown out of art paper she bought from me at another show!

A NEW DIRECTION

Here a new piece of work: “Pairs: Pink Twins” produced in May 2019.

Inspired by the photos I took of piles of Barbies during my show and my constant picture-taking in the SF Botanical Garden I began a new series of side-by-side photos.

REMINDER TO SEND BARBIE STORIES! SRKIRSHENBAUM@GMAIL.COM

WHAT’S NEXT?

I’ll be away for awhile - in Spain. I’ll be returning in August. Meantime I will post images and updates here and on FB, Instagram, and Patreon.





Colorful, Delicious Mexico, Part 1

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Found composition in the market.

Found composition in the market.

PART ONE

ART SEEN/SCENE

In March my husband Jack and I flew to Mexico City and Oaxaca for a week each. Wow, what a great trip. We saw and did so much that I just decided this has to be a two-part blog.

The weather was lovely - mostly dry and warm. There was a bit of a heat wave. (What place in the world isn’t having unusual weather?) And it’s a rather high elevation - 3-6ooo feet up - so that took getting used to.

We went to several art galleries and collections, small and large museums, various interesting shops, fabulous markets, and we walked and walked. All the while we were snacking on mangoes and sidewalk treats. Having lunch/dinner at 3pm meant that we had to lie down for a siesta in our B&Bs. Sometimes that would end up being the end of another very dense day.

Art in Mexico is political! It often refers back to peoples’ roots and Mexican history - there’s a lot of symbolism, skulls and skeletons, snakes and other animals, guns…

A huge contemporary art exhibit by xxx at Jumex in Mexico City.

A huge contemporary art exhibit by xxx at Jumex in Mexico City.

An art installation in a courtyard in Oaxaca brings together ancient functional tools with contemporary art installation.

An art installation in a courtyard in Oaxaca brings together ancient functional tools with contemporary art installation.

Lots of collaborative works shown in the contemporary art museum in Oaxaca.

Lots of collaborative works shown in the contemporary art museum in Oaxaca.

One of my favorite paintings by Oaxaco-born artist Rufino Tamayo. Seen in Museo Jumex.

One of my favorite paintings by Oaxaco-born artist Rufino Tamayo. Seen in Museo Jumex.

Contemporary yet so tribal in feel…All made of labels! This piece was a fav of mine in the Museum of Crafts in Mexico City.

Contemporary yet so tribal in feel…All made of labels! This piece was a fav of mine in the Museum of Crafts in Mexico City.

A tiny portion of a huge collaborative quilt shown in the contemporary art museum in Oaxaca.

A tiny portion of a huge collaborative quilt shown in the contemporary art museum in Oaxaca.

TATTOOS & PIERCINGS

Back in the SF Bay Area I now see people’s tattoos and piercings in a different light. Throughout Mexico I observed the ancient and contemporary art and artifacts made by and about the indigenous populations. Tattoos and piercings are a popular look in Mexican cities and it fits right in… (see below).

Here’s a contemporary painting shown in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

Here’s a contemporary painting shown in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

EXPRESSIVE FIGURINES

As a figurative artist, I love human figures, and the works I saw on this last trip are some of the most expressive I’ve ever seen. Maybe I was studying them more than usual. Checking to see what their facial expressions and their hands were doing as well as their clothing, accessories, and if obvious - their bodies and genitals.

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STORYTELLING

A book?!? This particular display was an inspiration for my current work in the show “Barbie on the Cusp” - I created a book that opens out to 12.75 feet.

A book?!? This particular display was an inspiration for my current work in the show “Barbie on the Cusp” - I created a book that opens out to 12.75 feet.

Ancient writing and illustration tells us how they lived.

Ancient writing and illustration tells us how they lived.

Ancient painting tools

Ancient painting tools

Another story-telling vehicle carved out of sandstone.

Another story-telling vehicle carved out of sandstone.

Did I leave my iPhone behind at the museum?

Did I leave my iPhone behind at the museum?

THE DUALITY THEME

Good/evil, life/death, you name it, your counterpart is right there

Good/evil, life/death, you name it, your counterpart is right there

ADORABLE ANIMAL VESSELS

They are so cute!

They are so cute!

WALL ART: GRAFFITI, PAINT COLORS, POSTERS & SIGNS

A portion of a large wall in a great palette!

A portion of a large wall in a great palette!

A little of everything

A little of everything

Yummy peeling posters

Yummy peeling posters

Lovely calligraphic graffiti wall (1)

Lovely calligraphic graffiti wall (1)

Lovely calligraphic graffiti wall (2)

Lovely calligraphic graffiti wall (2)

Rounding the corner

Rounding the corner

Two mouths / wall

Just a restaurant sign…but more

Just a restaurant sign…but more

Hazard paint, grafitti and DISCO posters!

Hazard paint, grafitti and DISCO posters!

Emotional wall stencils

Emotional wall stencils

Love the (unintended) collaborative aspect of multiple graffiti artists

Love the (unintended) collaborative aspect of multiple graffiti artists

Politics and stencils on a wall - don’t know who Barcenas is…

Politics and stencils on a wall - don’t know who Barcenas is…

Covered moto + graffiti art wall outside of the market

Covered moto + graffiti art wall outside of the market

Old paint layers / wall

Old paint layers / wall

Graffiti and art mixed composition

Graffiti and art mixed composition

HEADS & SKULLS

An ornamental carved jaw bone painted silver! Most ceremonial objects like these were buried in the crypts.

An ornamental carved jaw bone painted silver! Most ceremonial objects like these were buried in the crypts.

The theme of the jaguar swallowing a man/soldier/conquistador is prevalent. This one is special with its abalone shell scales.

The theme of the jaguar swallowing a man/soldier/conquistador is prevalent. This one is special with its abalone shell scales.

Ancient gem-encrusted skulls make for some lovely art.

Ancient gem-encrusted skulls make for some lovely art.

STRONG PRINTMAKING EVERYWHERE

On the free tour of printmakers’ studios, this fellow was a fascinating speaker and artist.

On the free tour of printmakers’ studios, this fellow was a fascinating speaker and artist.

Little and big printing presses seemed to be everywhere in Oaxaca.

Little and big printing presses seemed to be everywhere in Oaxaca.

MAGNIFICENT MARKETS

I admit I love her ribboned braids (right), although they were a common sight in this very Indian market outside of the city of Oaxaca with people cooking meat on open flames in the middle.

This fellow surprised me: An older man with a manual typewriter in a Oaxaca City market, writing a letter for a customer.

The outdoor area where the antiques are spread out has graffitied walls behind it.

…AND CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE

Jumex, one of several contemporary art museums in Mexico City.

Jumex, one of several contemporary art museums in Mexico City.

Here’s a lovely glass building - it is an award-winning greenhouse in the Botanical Garden in Oaxaca.

Here’s a lovely glass building - it is an award-winning greenhouse in the Botanical Garden in Oaxaca.

BOLD COLOR, TEXTURE, PATTERN

Everywhere in the Historic District of Oaxaca there’s gorgeous, rich color - in the wall paint and added bonus of attractive graffiti art.

Everywhere in the Historic District of Oaxaca there’s gorgeous, rich color - in the wall paint and added bonus of attractive graffiti art.

Frida Kahlo’s Azul House (museum) is indeed the color of so much in Mexico, and so often seen in the strong combination with reds, yellows, oranges, and salmon pinks.

Frida Kahlo’s Azul House (museum) is indeed the color of so much in Mexico, and so often seen in the strong combination with reds, yellows, oranges, and salmon pinks.

Candy cane stripes make this a stand-out food stall in the market outside of Oaxaca.

Candy cane stripes make this a stand-out food stall in the market outside of Oaxaca.

STRANGE SITINGS

Loved looking up at the “junk trees” (non-indigenous) in bloom everywhere in March. So funny to catch sight of all the shoes in this tree (enlarge the image so you can see).

In a groovy, tiny Oaxacan cafe and mezcal bar, this art piece was on the shelf next to us.

In a groovy, tiny Oaxacan cafe and mezcal bar, this art piece was on the shelf next to us.

FRIDA, DIEGO, & TROTSKY

Love this image of Frida dead center. A highlight of our trip was the xxxx where most of the walls including the stairwells are filled with Diego’s ultra political murals.

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Back at Frida’s house (I was a never a fan before this trip - but I am now!) is her painting studio just as she left it.

Back at Frida’s house (I was a never a fan before this trip - but I am now!) is her painting studio just as she left it.

This is the urn (left) where her ashes are kept on display in her bedroom.

This is the urn (left) where her ashes are kept on display in her bedroom.

Frida’s death. I have two photos that relate top it directly. Because she was a tragic heroine, like a fairy tale.

And this is her death mask.

And this is her death mask.

Diego…I had so many favorite murals I wanted to show you all, but this one (below) seems most apt to our times about the moneyed class.

It’s still all about Wall Street.

It’s still all about Wall Street.

It’s an orgy. About gluttony, I think. Note the soldiers always in the back.

It’s an orgy. About gluttony, I think. Note the soldiers always in the back.

And Trotsky…lived with Frida and Diego for two years then he got a house and that’s where he was murdered with an ice ax. Right in his office, by a Stalinist. Another fascinating little museum not far from Casa Azul.

His desk where he was murdered while trying to record his story.

His desk where he was murdered while trying to record his story.

PRETTY, UNUSUAL, & TASTEY

Shrimp cocktail! A funky fun place near the market with great food and drinks. Very local.

Shrimp cocktail! A funky fun place near the market with great food and drinks. Very local.

Why did this place come up as the very best ice cream in Oaxaca? After a long dark search we found the ice cream shop. It turns out it’s made of soy milk in this super strange process. Not good at all!

Why did this place come up as the very best ice cream in Oaxaca? After a long dark search we found the ice cream shop. It turns out it’s made of soy milk in this super strange process. Not good at all!

Three of these moles are the real deal and the rest are more like stews. But so fun to try to them all!

Three of these moles are the real deal and the rest are more like stews. But so fun to try to them all!

Purple food! This was a splurge restaurant (La Casa) and the dish was very good despite how pretty it is. That’s purple potato puree.

Purple food! This was a splurge restaurant (La Casa) and the dish was very good despite how pretty it is. That’s purple potato puree.

Our daily favorites. Fresh, ripe, cut perfectly…

Our daily favorites. Fresh, ripe, cut perfectly…

The best soup I’ve had and one of my very fav dishes in Mexico. It’s ice-cold and lime-tangy with perfectly cooked shrimp. I could eat this every day.

The best soup I’ve had and one of my very fav dishes in Mexico. It’s ice-cold and lime-tangy with perfectly cooked shrimp. I could eat this every day.

We tried a lot of excellent local craft beers. This one has a great label although the style is not my favorite variety.

We tried a lot of excellent local craft beers. This one has a great label although the style is not my favorite variety.

How many times we walked past these offerings until at last we went for the mezcal. Thousands of local varieties and mezcal tasting rooms - like Napa/Sonoma. A boon to the economy.

How many times we walked past these offerings until at last we went for the mezcal. Thousands of local varieties and mezcal tasting rooms - like Napa/Sonoma. A boon to the economy.

THE WEAVING VILLAGE - A DEMO

At the Jacobo family of weavers in the village where it’s all about weaving, xxx, mama does the dyeing and spinning demo.

At the Jacobo family of weavers in the village where it’s all about weaving, xxx, mama does the dyeing and spinning demo.

Shades of pink to red come from dyes that are derived from a little beetle in the ladybug family called cochinella. It thrives on cacti in Mexico and was an original source of wealth in the “new world”.

Shades of pink to red come from dyes that are derived from a little beetle in the ladybug family called cochinella. It thrives on cacti in Mexico and was an original source of wealth in the “new world”.

Here are more of the ingredients of these natural dyes. Interestingly, although the traditions are ancient, the Zapotecs (who each speak a different dialect, from village to village) make these gorgeous rugs and are continuously developing new natural dyes and colors.

Here are more of the ingredients of these natural dyes. Interestingly, although the traditions are ancient, the Zapotecs (who each speak a different dialect, from village to village) make these gorgeous rugs and are continuously developing new natural dyes and colors.

LAST (BUT NOT LEAST) ART RESIDENCY WITH BLACK & WHITE PROJECTS AT PACIFIC FELT FACTORY

“BARBIE ON THE CUSP” - Barbie! Oh, where does SHE fit in?

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I created a storybook, which I also read aloud on video, and did an installation with my dolls, some costume props, and life drawings done on the spot. Everything is different from my usual work.

This image is from a market in Mexico - a wedding cake topper?

This is the project that I pitched and now I’m in the midst of my Art Residency with Black and White Projects at Pacific Felt Factory in SF. I took two weeks off in the middle of ALL this, and went to Mexico where I obsessed over Barbie the entire trip (without making any real progress). My iPad died. And I am self-identified as an iPad artist.
But for now - if you want to see what I’m working on in this mostly analog project installation show, and you live in the SF Bay Area, come to PACIFIC FELT FACTORY this Saturday, 4/13 from 3-5pm.

We’ll talk Barbie. You might even tell me your own personal Barbie story.

The name of the show is “Barbie on the Cusp”. Details:

“BARBIE ON THE CUSP”

BWP ART RESIDENCY PROJECT

BY SUSAN R. KIRSHENBAUM

DATE: SATURDAY 4/13

FROM: 3-5PM

(REFRESHMENTS SERVED)

LOCATION: 20TH ST BTW YORK & BRYANT, IN THE MISSION IN SF

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SFWA SOLO SHOW & ART TALK (SHOWS & TELLS ALL)

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Excerpted from: ART TALK FEBRUARY 23, 2019

“WOMEN IN SILK: NOT WHAT YOU THINK” AND “LIFE SQUARED” AT SFWA

I gave an art talk on 2/23/19 at SFWA Artist Salon Gallery. The exhibition closes soon - see it through March 1, 2019.

WHY I DO WHAT I DO

What drives me to create this work? When I was younger, I thought the world was progressive, moving forward, never backward.

Maybe four years old doing what makes me happiest. Sitting at the window drawing.

Now I’m both astonished and delighted that at long last there is another wave of increased awareness about the ongoing exclusion and mistreatment of women.

As a young person growing up in the 60s through the 80s I watched and participated in a wave of progress in human rights. Not knowing better, I believed that political and social change are continuous and progressive.

Drawing on the front stoop in Pittsburgh, PA, around 1961.

I thought with the women’s movement that our progress was leaping ahead and my generation would at last achieve equality - that the world would not judge us by our bodies and treat us like second-class citizens. I was wrong. Now I know this is not so. But I see now that the old cliché one step forward two steps back is apt for much of life and obvious in our political climate. This is why resilience is so important.

The fight is still on and there is renewed energy. I continue to play my part through my art.

At Miami Art Basel in 2017 wearing one of my handmade art dresses.

THE FEATURED SERIES

Three years ago I began this new phase of life as a full-time visual artist. I realized "It's never too late to do what you really care about - and it's important for me to create lively, provocative art".

The work on these walls (in the SFWA Artist Gallery exhibition) represents three series over several years. The first was the Silk Scroll series of seven scrolls (White and Color Block).

The Laundry Gallery: First exhibit of all of the Silk Scroll Series

“Red Hair Curly and Straight” white silk scroll - I have thing about hair…

“Red Kimono” from Color Block Silk Scroll Series (created at the same time as the White Silk Scroll Series).

“Reaching” from the Color Block Silk Scroll Series

Next came the site-specific series of five “Banderas” (flags in Spanish) .

Troll House Reception 2017

And most recently I produced the Life Squared series of small works on paper in shadowboxes, often they are collages and/or mirrored images.

One of the walls in the show at SFWA

One of the walls in the show at SFWA

A FEMINIST FIGURATIVE ARTIST

All of my work is purely figurative and unashamedly feminist. It’s about women, reclaiming our bodies, being proud and self possessed. It’s straightforward yet open to interpretation. My drawings are brisk, bold, gestural works made from short poses. I’m inspired by my models.

Here’s the graffiti I shot in Spain before it became a layer in the collage to the right.

Here’s the graffiti I shot in Spain before it became a layer in the collage to the right.

Left side of a planned diptych collage - not in print yet

Digital collage: produced in 2 unique editions: a metal print and a print on paper in a shadowbox.

Right side of a diptych collage - not in print yet

Golden Gate Bridge up close and a collage layer.

Golden Gate Bridge up close and a collage layer.

I often make multiple versions from one original. I choose the best of the bunch or there may be several editions that spring from the initial drawing. This is one way that I make the most of the digital drawing process and my need to experiment and see my options.

Every February I watch for the first signs of spring in Golden Gate Park (SF) such as the magnolia trees in bloom. Nature is often a theme in my work.

Every February I watch for the first signs of spring in Golden Gate Park (SF) such as the magnolia trees in bloom. Nature is often a theme in my work.

Original version without magnolia tree

Version as a single figure collage

Version as a single figure collage

Collage version with magnolia tree

This version becomes a pattern collage

Version as a single figure collage

Original drawing before multiplying

Original drawing before multiplying

Original drawing before multiplying

Two titles: “Head Butting” and “Let’s Put our Heads Together”

My Valentines day 2019 image

“Leafy Dreams” collage is a popular piece in the show

“Skeletons” - an example of multiple images also in the show

INTO YOUNG ADULTHOOD

That’s me teaching in 1978 at Ivy School of Professional Art.

The impetus for being an artist goes way back. I’ve always drawn people. From paper dolls to life drawing, my singular interest and focus is figurative. And I enjoy using all sorts of mark-making materials. I think I’ve tried just about every tool and technique out there. In fact the first art class I ever taught was called Marks on Paper to teach freshman art students about the many ways of using of art supplies and found materials.

Weekend at Kala making silkscreen prints in 2017 - I still like to explore all methods and mediums. My work sometimes looks like it was silkscreened.

GOING DIGITAL

As a creative director for many years I built campaign after campaign with teams of creatives. I conceived ideas and explored what words, images, and designs had the greatest impact. But I was not hands-on nor a techi.

I came around to using professional digital drawing tools for practical reasons. Without hauling around a car-load of art supplies I could switch from one tool or medium to another instantly. These are called “digital originals”. My process is the same for each piece, since I always start by drawing a live model.

Original - Version 1 in the “Tami Series” 2019

“Tami Series: 3x”, 2019

David Hockney made digital art and process videos famous. I too can add, test, and remove layers and lines. I can include my photography so that the work becomes a collage. I can make multiple iterations and series, like monoprints.

Sarah - original v1

“Obfuscated” - v3

“Obfuscated” v2

“Obfuscated” - v4

I edit my work, scale it, and apply my artwork to a variety of substrates, from tiny to huge, and paper to fabric and metal. It’s important to experiment.

The Laundry Gallery SF 2016 - a dialog about art at a wine tasting meetup at the gallery.

THE SCROLLS AND BANDERAS

The grand scale of these works makes the space feel alive with the figures. The fluidity of the fabric combined with the movement reflected in the drawings helps produce this life-like feeling, although the drawings are not intended to be realistic. They are meant to convey a personality and a relationship. They are not “model drawings” but more of a conversation with an individual.

A “digital original” drawing for the Banderas series.

A “digital original” drawing for the Banderas series.

This sheer series is meant to hang from the ceiling in an overlapping cluster

Production: Sewing the edges of the Banderas series

Production: Sewing the edges of the Banderas series

Production: Creating the Silk Scroll series in an upholstery studio

Production: Creating the Silk Scroll series in an upholstery studio

The “Banderas Series” at Radian Gallery in 2018

The “Banderas Series” at Radian Gallery in 2018

THE BANDERAS SERIES

When I originally created the Banderas series it was for a site-specific installation in response to my residency at the Troll house.

I needed to express and insert a strong female presence – to take up space and touch the tips of a tall person’s head – to have an impact on the young male residents of this co-work space in Pier 26.

Jack hanging the Banderas Series in a Pythagorean Triangle

Adam demonstrating the height of the Banderas

The arrangement of the five translucent banderas hanging from the ceiling creates a play of color, light, and shadow from the inside and the outside. Passersby could see this show while walking along the Embarcadero. The light filtered through the sheer chiffon and shifted the colors as they overlapped. I’d love to create a version of these pieces for an even larger space on a grander scale in a public building.

The installation at the Troll House on Pier 26

Besides light and shadow and content and form, color is a key factor in my work. I am in love with color!

From my Spanish Graffiti Series

A collage with my own textile art as a layer

From my Spanish Graffiti Series

Multiples and mirror images in a new series

COLLAGES & MIRROR IMAGES

When I create collages I combine my drawing with my photographs and painting to create a rich, layered affect. I continuously change the layers, photos, and colors until I’m satisfied. I’ve been photographing for decades, especially when traveling but now I have a place to include these images as part of a bigger picture.

Always photographing gardens you can see the flowers here.

This turned into fairy princess twins - harkening back to my youthful fantasies

This collage combines a photo of Spanish graffiti art that is also a sign for a shop.

Note that the background image matches the stance of the model.

POLITICS AND ART

Now some of my work is outright political and maybe even a little subversive, such as my “Burma Series”. This series comments on religious oppression, targeting a group of people as “the other”, and massive ousting of the Rohingya people by the Buddhist majority.

I photographed ancient temple walls in Bagan, Burma.

Aluminum dye-infused archival print, ed. 1/1 , 20 (w) x 25 (h) Burma Series

I have a series that features the struggle for Catalan Independence too. I spend a lot of time in the region and know it well, so I have conversations about the topic frequently. Most my work is not obviously political but still attempts to illicit a response.

“THIS IS MY MANIFESTO”

Backsliding, covering up, and our hard-won battles are still coming undone. Every expose is important for building a case to protect women from religious, sexual, political, social oppression, and abuse. We are all humans and we are all equal, naked, and striving to be free.

My work celebrates women.

I will see my narratives grow into gallery-size installations. In my upcoming art residency I have space to expand my scope, scale, and impact.

Catalan independence poster in Girona, Spain

“Filled with Poppies” -a California version of the collage above right.

Collage with Catalan poster changes the meaning