on view at the Chesterfield Public Library, Mass
During our "inspirational tidbit" at the start of class recently, I asked my students
what archetypes they resonated with that day. In the midst of a whirlwind week,
I sit and type and find it would be a useful question for me today. A moment of
deep breathing, of closing my eyes and feeling what is stirring in me, reveals
the archetypes of The Mother, The Teacher and the cycle of Death & Rebirth.
I feel a bit like a mother who's nest is emptying. I had a vision of a Robin sitting
by her nest, watching her amazing fledglings take off, just as I witness some
students I have worked with closely for many years head out into life.
The whirlwind started Saturday with an Arbor Day Celebration at the town library
with a small installation of my tree drawings and watercolors, an invasive species
talk with a local forester, and the trimming of a large old Maple on the library grounds.
I hung a collection of scratchbord panel drawings on a small wall in the library.
I very much like the beautiful architectural detail surrounding them. Also included in
the exhibition are several prints of tree drawings on scratchbord paper and watercolors. Outside, my friend Tim was busy climbing and trimming the old maple with a few spectators watching him swing effortlessly from limb to limb.
Sunday brought warm sunshine and the celebration of Beltane at a nearby farm.
It was a long day of being on the land, walking the labyrinth, visiting a peace cairn
and stone circle, and dancing the Maypole. Seven baby goats had just been born, so
they were paraded around the ritual site to bless and be blessed.
Monday was the last day of classes - final critiques all day...
Below is a collection of books from my 2-D Design class.
Nina's cool book of eyes. The large eyes are drawings of
irises close up, mounted on patterns based on animal
eyes - spiders, geckos, cuddle fish.... I love the three
dimensionality of this book.
Sarah with her water book:
Megumi with her book about Japanese aesthetics:
(It was fun to teach a Japanese student a bit about traditional Japanese book binding)
One of the pages from Megumi's book is a watercolor of Cherry Blossoms...
she missed them this year!
I love this next piece, from my Myth & Symbol class.
Victoria did a series of paper cuts based on traditional
tattoo designs. The detail is amazing and created
Detail of Victoria's piece:
Geraldo, also from Myth & Symbol, did a series of
designs exploring faces and optical illusions creating movement.
The amazing Olivia James did a series of wire sculptures at the start of our directed
study together. As the process developed, they became sculptures for the body - and
she has found a new passion for jewelry making! She painstakingly wraps wire
armatures making forms based on natural objects or ancient artifacts. Olivia is graduating, so I'm so pleased that she's found both a meaningful process and concept to carry out the door with her! Do click to see the one below in better detail.
The last few images are from the Senior Thesis Exhibition at Clark University.
Today I sat on several thesis panels, also of students who I have
worked with for many years. Its a wonderful show - rich and
varied and full. Below is an installation of small paintings
by Jessica Richland.
Detail of wall installation, Jess Richland:
Two paintings by Phoebe Cape:
My favorite of Phoebe's:
(click for detail of texture)
Quite a beautiful installation of chicken wire sculptures
covered in beeswax by Katrina Beshears - wonderful,
Idalina Abdo-Viera created an incredible paper
installation.... I was enchanted!
I am full, and tired, and ready to sink into the land. I will
have a bit of time in the morning to sit with the mosses and catch
my breath before more roving about to a retirement celebration,
and a Georgian polyphonic singing workshop on the weekend.
Goodness, how time flies when one is flying themselves....
I do look forward to tending the garden now that the snow
has finally all melted.