Friday, February 27, 2015

nothing holding...


I am really excited about my show. WHICH OPENS NEXT FRIDAY!!!  Even though it is a small space it feels good.

This work is so new and such a shift for me that I am looking forward to seeing it on a wall in a gallery and getting some feedback.  I do not know if I have ever shown such "still figuring it out" work before and it feels exhilarating and scary and wonderful.  I hope that I am happy with how it turns out and hope that I get everything done.

(image from scary moment where I decided to smear graphite powder all over a drawing I had spent over a month on. It was terrifying but hopefully the end result is good.)

It will be so strange to have all this new work out of my studio for a month and me with "nothing" to do.  I am hoping to tie up some loose end pieces. Ones that have never been met to completion so that...
when the work returns I can totally dive into this new direction without anything holding me back. That is something I really look forward to.

I will try to share some install pictures next week. Ack.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

f*****


I remember how essential this blog was to me for years. I still think and save things all the time to post here. But sadly life has become so full and overwhelmed with life that this has become something that I long for but not something I often get to.
My son has had 8 snow days. My husband and I both work, we have NO local family.
My job is highly complicated by the insane amount of snow here in Boston.


I just spent 2 hours typing a VERY thorough tutorial for my photography class at UMASS Boston as due to the snow days I will not have seen them for 3 of the first 4 weeks of the semester.
and I have a show that goes up in less then 2 weeks and I have no frames yet and 2 pieces yet to be finished.
So I am happily living a life that is full but I am also totally f****
So I am sorry I am not here. But I have faith that someday I will be again. I am so busy because I am trying to push my life in a certain direction which requires me to take on more then I really want and more then I really should but that I have faith will be worth it.

But I am happy in my studio.  Happy with my work. And excited to exhibit. Which are all wonderful.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

in transition...

My show is coming, I am stressed and so busy and need to be drawing right now instead of typing but...here is the press release!




March 4 - March 29, 2015
First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 2015, 5:00–7:30 pm

IN THE MEMBERS' GALLERY

As an artist I have always utilized my daily life as muse; my work inevitably reflects this. After spending years on a body of work, I felt as if I had nowhere left to go. I found myself alone in my studio, in a new city, with a young child, a changing relationship with my parents as they age and I mature, and a vastly different partner as he met a new stage in his life. I turned my eyes away from those relationships that had so long inspired me, toward the objects that surrounded me. The objects were real, solid, reliable, less malleable, less fleeting, tangible markers of this moment in life. The pile of trucks my son left on the floor was less ephemeral then the fact that my son was changing at an unfathomable speed. The dirty blanket on the couch was reliably there while my partner was often on his own journey without me. The beauty of the sunlight on the plants, that I never seemed to have time to water, made me remember why I had plants in the first place. The objects became what located me in my state of transition.

Not only was I transitioning in my subject but my medium as well. I began to be satisfied with just the photograph or the tonal variations in my thread drawings instead of needing overly developed mixed media works. I gave myself permission to strip down, simplify, explore and accept all of this, looking at the objects for grounding and allowing the experimentation of medium to play out. I have arrived at a place that is unfamiliar, totally terrifying and absolutely wonderful.

The photographs are a return to my first way of "seeing." In these diptychs I create a visual relationship between one space that represents someone coming to the end of life while the other is at the beginning. My graphite drawings allow me to zoom in on the importance of these small, possibly insignificant objects, focusing on their texture, tones and detail, abstracting their meaning and role while simultaneously elevating them. Through this work I replicate the process of the darkroom via my technique of drawing with projection & enlargement, mirroring the process of silver halide printing and the use of a grain focuser, the tool which brings a negative to clarity, and using process to develop the tonal variations important to the image. Lastly, the embroidered work is from a series of houseplants, using the houseplant, the object, as a metaphor for a psychological state. At what moments do our plants need to be watered and when do they flourish? What does an overly dirty floor or overflowing sink signify in our life? How do we listen to what these objects are trying to tell us?

All of these works, though finished individually, are the infancy stage of an idea, an artist and a process that is unfinished and in transition

Joetta Maue-The Table, his house
Joetta Maue
The table, his house
Archival print
11 x 11 inches
2014
Joetta Maue, Detail of Found Joetta Maue-Detail of found
Joetta Maue
Details of found
Graphite drawing
22 x 30 inches
2015
Joetta Maue, The basket, her house
Joetta Maue
The basket, her house
Archival print
11 x 11 inches
2014

I hope to see some of you!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

blur, amazing, time


Where am I? In a blur of the new year. I feel like for most of is it is a bit of a blur after the holidays and getting back into the swing of normal. But it seems like an especially long journey for me this year... but for all good reasons.  Today is my first entire studio day in MY studio since Christmas week.  Wow time flies.

The residency, the residency it was amazing, just what I needed, a wonderful community, time, conversation, space, amazing. I am still totally unfurling all the experiences and relationships that I made there and probably will be for a long time to come.  As a mama to a little person these magical spaces are rare and hard to make work but... once again I was reminded of how essential they are to the soul of an artist and maker.    Truly the best part, besides the obvious time to make work, was the conversation. Having good, smart discourse about art for hours and hours was like water to a drying plant.  I sucked it up and felt like I was coming alive again,

All magic ends and reality returns but right now my reality is bursting at the seams with stuff. Good stuff that I want to share about here. Good art seen, good things read, good things happening but they all fill my days so quick the time is gone like a flash or I am distracted by cuddles with the little person.

But in short....

I have been looking at lots of lines.
Went to an excellent crit group that I am excited about. The crit of my new drawings gave me so much to think about.
Trying to figure out what I need to finish and frame for my show in March.
Trying not to forget to ship my art this month to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and...
Buying way to much graphite and drawing supplies at the art store.
Deciding what I need to spend time researching.
Wishing I could fit in a visit to the city, ya know my old home.
Getting ready to teach.
mama.
job.
wife.

so you see my time dilemma:)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

slow progress.

  

I have been working, working, working.  I thought that I would write more while I was here but honestly I have been unwilling to give up the studio time.


It has been beyond luxurious to be in the studio all day, all night, all morning. I was in the studio building for over 15 hours yesterday and I was SO happy. It makes me a bit bummed to know I only have one day left.  


I am so happy with the progress I have made and happy to have the hours I have left to do more. I feel grateful to get this head start on the work above for my show in March. But it also does what I knew it would-  really make me question my life choices and how I can be living each day more closely to this day.  I do not know how it is possible but man am I thinking about it.
 

I am feeling excited about going home and processing all this work, all these conversations and all the amazing presentations I have seen. I have been so into being in the studio there has been no time to process- so now that it is all coming to an end I am looking forward to what will germinate out of this experience.



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I am not dead, it was just the hoidays and now I am at arrowmont...

 

Let's not even talk about the blur of month that just happened. Let's talk about now.  I am amazingly and thankfully at Arrowmont in Tennessee for a week. Wow did I need it. Do I need it.
 

At first it was a bit overwhelming, Galtinburg is weird.  But then once we all met, got settled in the studios. I was like yes, yes, yes!


I had no what I was going to work on as I have almost finished the 2 pieces that I have been working on for like 5 months. So I did not want to bring those. And then I am in such a weird plac ein my studio...  then miraculously I ended up being offered a show at the project space at Kingston Gallery.  I had opted for a later big show as I wanted time to develop the work. But the project space is perfect. Its small, intimate and no pressure. So all of a sudden I had a deadline. JUST what I needed.
 
  



So I came up with this drawing to turn into another plant piece. I have decided on it being a series of 3. The previous one being the dried out plants, This one which is inbetween and eventually a lush healthy one. Hopefully that will be the trajectory of my life too.
  

and a new drawing. I am so excited about these drawings. I have not been this into something I have been doing in awhile and in a larger installation I feel like they are a bridge between my photography and textiles which is awesome too.
 

Being in the studio all day every day again is amazing and also makes me want to cry as that is no longer my privilege.  So along with a lot of work there has also been a lot of great conversation with the other artists and  a lot of thinking and reflection on my life.







Wednesday, December 10, 2014

stained lace



A new drawing of stained lace that I am loving so much.  I am in to a new one this week. I am really excited about it as a series that connects all my work.

happening, growing, working on....


Fiber Sculpture at the ICA


Giving up some studio hours to go to this show  at the ICA but I am getting the feeling that if I do not go today I will miss it which would be a travesty so...

I am looking forward to seeing and creating my own opinion around it as everyone has shared there opinion with me.  So you will get my opinion too. I am getting excited just thinking about it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

typed musings.


I saw one of these lovely pieces in a book while browsing (aka taking a mini escape from my family) in our local bookstore and I loved them. I am not someone who knows all that much about Joan Mitchell's work- though her paintings are amazing they are not my style. BUT these tprewriter works are lovely and unexpected.




The organic drawing style, aggressive to subtle use of color and poetic musings. Just my style.  I did a series of typewriter drawings, that I have always loved, a long time ago and it makes me want to pull out my funky old thing out again.

This quote from Joan Didion is also awesome...