on pins & needles

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Between teaching my think360ARTS gigs, classes in the studio, and creating works for my up-coming show at Plinth Gallery which opens on April 1st, I am keeping very busy!  We even managed to squeeze in an 8th Birthday party for Mia, my studio assistant, Andrea’s, little one.  Mia was practically born at the studio, Andrea was at February 2008’s First Friday, helping me like she always did and does, VERY pregnant, Mia was born 2 days later, and mother and child both attended and assisted in March’s First Friday!  Andrea and Mia have been with me ever since, both are part of the heart of the studio and very important people in my creative life and family!

All this craziness  kind of puts one on pins & needles many things poking and prodding, making sure they are not forgotten.  Every once in a while I let my mind wander to sidelines, like hmm what should I title this upcoming show?  I’m thinking: On Pins & Needles.

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Pins - vintage hat pins, are an element of my Pin Head pieces, which really just started as an aesthetic . . . but in reality, they are a by product of my life and maybe also a symbol of reactions to my work at times. The pins, which embellish hand made little pin cushions can certainly remain just an esthetic, an element of function. However, these pins can also be a metaphorical element, speaking of the poking and prodding, the uncomfortable pricks of life. I am aware that my work brings an uncomfortable reaction to some viewers . . . I acknowledge this, but firmly stand by my reply that it is not something I am pursuing and that there really is nothing malice or dooming behind the creation of my work.  At the very most, I would say some pieces are a little melancholy. I always describe my works as simply being honest with our feelings some are happier than others, but all are valid life experiences, and as such, should be cherished.
One of the most common questions is why have you cut off their arms?  The truth is I never cut them off I just didn’t give them arms, and I didn’t because the pieces felt complete without them.  To me, these armless figures have a strength because of the lack of arms, it makes their torso and legs all the stronger, they are rooted, and balanced much more without arms than they would be with them.  Arms would simply make them dolls.

There’s a month and a half left to finish this new work for my show at Plinth, I’m really excited to show this new body of work, all slip cast and altered pieces!  Stay tuned for peeks here and there and please mark your calendars for Plinth’s opening on April 1st!!