A universal theme: “Just Sins”

Posted Jan 12, 2015Tagged

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I just finished my first multi-piece wall installation based on the classic 7 Deadly Sins: Lust, Sloth, Gluttony, Greed, Envy, Wrath, and Pride. I was asked to be in the Collage 2015 group exhibit by N. Penney Denning, another artist whom I respect, and wanted to create a small cohesive body of work with only 6-10 pieces that would hold together, and have each piece work on their own.

After researching other artists’ approaches on this topic (many using scantily-clad women), the idea of a taking a more personal approach formed. Since the battle to be my best self is WITH myself, the idea came to create environments for my own hands to be the characters in each of the seven “Just Sins” dramas. For example, one of my personal issues with Pride is it acts both as a positive motivator and gets in the way of doing authentic work. If I am working toward a goal of external praise, it throws off my creative center of gravity to OUTSIDE myself. So the idea of using an artificial metallic hand to extend my natural reach came.


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Posted MAY 12, 2017

I’m looking forward to seeing the Venice Biennale in Italy next week! After dreaming of visiting this city with streets of water, and historical magic, I’m looking forward to being inspired by artists’ work from around the world.

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“Happy Together”

POSTED APR 14, 2014

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The Cultural Arts Center hosts “Happy Together,” an exhibition on the nature of love and relationships, curated by Adam Brouillette and Meghan Kwast. 50 invited artists exhibit work created especially for the event and theme. Reception May 24, 2014, Saturday 6-11 pm…  [EXHIBIT INFO]