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hair cuts

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Since starting to mess around with hair extensions and wigs in the studio, I've been reminded of these cut-out locks of hair stashed in my collage materials - I started cutting them out a while back, but never really found a use for them. But now it seems entirely appropriate. I like the loaded simplicity of them. 

assemblages on paper

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I'm hoping these 2.5D works might translate into some 3D (in the round) assemblages... at this point the paper is merely a ground on which the items collide. How can I better engage my surface? And if I'm not engaging it, why have one at all? These start to remind me of little critters...
polyurethane, hair, string, and pig intestines on 17" x 14" paper 
polyurethane, hair, fiberglass insulation, and pig intestines on 17" x 14" paper 
polyurethane, hair, string, and pig intestines on 17" x 14" paper 

VSC open studios

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Double Dose - 6' x 3' x 3' - cardboard, fiberglass insulation, & pig intestines
A lot has happened in the studio since I last posted. Last night was the final open studios for the July residents here at the Vermont Studio Center. I finally finished covering this big guy with pig intestines - and boy oh boy does my studio smell RANK. blegh!! All in all though, I'm really excited about the direction my work is starting to take - I'm very much looking forward to getting back to my studio at school and cranking up the semester. I think my work is starting to become more cohesive- but not in a limiting way. The collages are helping me to more quickly work out some conceptual ideas and, as you can probably see, the forms from the collages are starting to influence my sculpture! So fun!

Filets - 9" x 12" each - collage on paper


Glory Hole - 2' x 2' - animal hair, condoms, fiberglass insulation, rubber bands, & plaster cast of my belly button

3' x 2.5' x 2' - cardboard, fiberglass insulation, pig intestines, & animal hair



vermont studio center

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I (and 60-ish other artists from all over the world) arrived yesterday at the Vermont Studio Center for a 4-week residency. I've spent today getting settled into my studio and learning my way around the sculpture shop. I'm hoping to do some metal fabrication while I'm here since my studio is just steps away from all the welding equipment. I didn't bring much of anything with me... a bag of brown animal hair, some balloons, lots of glue sticks and not much else. I'll probably end up ordering some materials... right now I've got latex rubber and animal intestines on the brain.

And believe it or not, I didn't bring this with me! I was starting to get the insulation itch when someone who works here jokingly offered it up (he recently pulled it out of his attic and was about to throw it away)... and I seriously took him up on it! I really am going to make an effort to try new materials while I'm here, but I just can't go cold turkey!!

drooling over tim hawkinson

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Fruit, 2004
Ink-Jet Prints on Foam Core on Panel
I checked out an enormous pile of art books from the library today. I cracked open the one on Tim Hawkinson first and haven't put it down since. I'm a HUGE fan of this guy's work (as in, one of his drawings is the background of my computer screen, and has been for the past 2 years)... I've posted about him before... and I'm sure I'll be posting about him again. His work covers such a range of one amazing thing after another. Unrestrained by a particular media, his playfulness and fastidiousness are present in all he creates. I could blab about his work all day, but I'll get back to reading about it for now and instead leave you with these images, which are particularly relevant to some things I've been thinking about recently in my own work. So good. SO good. SO GOOD.
Untitled, 2003
Unique Photographs on Foamcore on Panel
5' 8"(H) x 9' 9"(W)
Totem, 2004
Unique Photographs on Foamcore on Board
10' 2"(H) x 3' 3"(W) x 2"(D)
Untitled, 2003
Unique Photographs on Foamcore on Panel
5' 8"(H) x 9' 9"(W)



ashkan honarvar

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These beautiful collages by Ashkan Honarvar remind me a lot of Wangechi Mutu's, but I think I may like these even better. His website is organized very nicely into distinct bodies of work that are definitely worth checking out. Some are a bit, ahem, "sexier" than others (yes, I can be a bit of a prude) but they're all quite striking and lovely. I particularly enjoy how he uses layering techniques to manipulate the human flesh and create new images that are gorgeously grotesque.

 "The saying goes that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. It occurs in places you least expect. Revealing its art in the human body, but also cruelly absent in the presence of deformations and scars, Ashkan Honarvar depicts an undeniable, unavoidable beauty by accepting the darker sides of human ‘nature’. The body, torn by acts of war, exploited by the sex industry or used as a tool for seeking identity, is the focal point of his work. This constitutes a search for a universal representation of the evil latent in every human, providing an opportunity for reflection. His aesthetic dissection has an intriguing macabre nature, which opens the images to interpretation." (from his website)