Happy Friday, everyone! I just wanted to share one of my non-work related projects that I recently finished.
My dear friend Shannon curated an art show at Biola to celebrate National Women’s Month. Here’s her statement about the show,
The grace to be a beginner is always the best prayer for an artist. The beginner’s humility and openness lead to exploration. Exploration leads to accomplishment. All of it begins at the beginning, with the first small and scary step.
– Julia Cameron, “the Artist’s Way”
Each of the 26 artists in this exhibition have willingly thrown themselves full force into the often scary process of creating art.
These women come from a variety of different places: you will see art from Biola staff members, current students: both art and non-art majors, and alumni who are now working professional artists. The range of work displayed is wide, but the pieces are linked by a foundation that has seen the process as more important than the product. Each artist seemed to have some sense of the unknown, but moved forward anyway.
the word process takes on a few different meanings in this show:
>>> the exploration of specific materials
>>> the exploration of a collection
>>> the exploration of a life phase or experience
I invite you to explore this space and make your own connections, hopefully becoming inspired and empowered to participate in the act of creating something yourself!
Art? You just do it. — Martin Ritt
Shan asked me to participate in this show by creating a new installation for the space. She gave me no parameters and said I could do whatever I wanted.
I had recently been toying with the idea of treating paper like fabric and I decided to work with coffee filters since even though they are paper, they have a fabric-like quality to them.
Using fabric dye, I dyed over 3,000 coffee filters starting with a fully saturated color and slowly diluting it as I went.
Each filter was organized by shade, folded, and then glued to the structure I created to house it.
I chose to put it up against a glass wall to allow natural light to shine through a bit and illuminate the piece.
These are some of my lovely friends/sister that came out for the show–how great are they??
Thanks, Shan for the chance to participate in the show.
Also, a special thanks to Taryn, Emily, Natalie, Dan, Jason, Michelle, and everyone else that helped me fold–You guys are the best!