Thursday, December 29, 2011




Gallery A3 will be celebrating its' 10 year anniversary in January with a group show. I was a member of the gallery in 2004 and will be apart of the show with 49 other former and current members.

Here is a nice article that tells more about the gallery and its' history.

The show opens Jan. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the monthly art walk and continues through Jan. 28. Gallery A3’s hours are Wednesday through Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m.

Gallery A3
28 Amity Street
1 D
Amherst, MA 01002


'Under a table you have the possibility to test your own absence. The realization that life is taking its course, even without you, is an intense human experience; it shows the finiteness of personality.' - Mark Manders


Samoa will not have a December 30, 2011
It is jumping forward in time to realign itself.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Phone Book 3 (see below)


11.09.2011 Ben Hersey at the Bookmill

pre-drawing club

11.09.2011 Tumble Cat at the Bookmill


I have been thinking about the work of Aaron Storck and Nathalie Djurberg a lot lately.


Artists and Arts Organizations and Free Schoolers, and community members and...... I think it would be good to get a copy of Phone Book 3 for your reference library. This lovely directory (more than directory really) contains essays and information that helps guide one when looking to connect with independent art spaces, programming, and projects from across the US. It is available in hard copy and pdf.


"PHONEBOOK 3 is a directory of independent art spaces, programming, and projects throughout the United States and a collection of critical essays and practical information written by the people who run them. PHONEBOOK 3 includes artist-run spaces, public programming, unconventional residencies, alternative schools, and community resources; all of the projects that form and support art ecologies across the nation, as well as historical documents marking their past. Featuring essays and documents from Group Material, Renny Pritikin, Susan Sakash, FEAST Brooklyn, Ox-bow, Faheem Majed, Chances Dances, Paul Durica, Dara Greenwald, Amy Franceschini, Pilot TV, Jon Brumit and Sarah Wagner, PLAND, Andy Sturdevant, Robby Herbst and more."

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Exchange, watercolor, 2011 12" x 16"

Balloons, watercolor, 2011, 16" x 12"

Pet, watercolor, 2011, 30" x 22"

Toss, watercolor, 2011, 22" x 30"

Sit, watercolor, 2011, 30" x 22"

watercolor, 2011, 16" x 12"

watercolor winter task
I like hot press and watercolor with honey in it
human form winter work


Nancy Hill: Glazed Tart, oil on canvas

Thursday, December 08, 2011 through Saturday, December 31, 2011

Northampton Center for the Arts
17 New South Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Opening reception
Friday, December 9, 5-7pm.

I have a small sculpture in Jane Lund's annual invitational exhibit called "Sweet!"

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Open Studio Time (read below)

Welcome to studio 3-32



selection of buttons

December 2, 3, and 4 is the 25th annual Open Studio at Cottage Street Studios. Joshua Vrysen and I will have our studio open this weekend along with many other great artists who are in the building.

Joshua and my studio is #3-32 located on the third floor "C" side. This year I will be selling fabric and buttons (see pictures above) along with some stuffed guys shadow boxes and drawings. Joshua will have books and drawings for sale. I will also be showing the video "come over, come over" 2010 and portable doll fort 2007 - 2011.

25th Anniversary Cottage Street Studios

One Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
Friday, Dec. 2
12pm – 5pm
Saturday Dec. 3rd 10am – 5pm
Sunday Dec. 4th 12 - 5


I am excited to be apart of the Alchemy Initiative 2012 coloring calendar. They will be selling it during their annual Handmade Holiday Festival.

Artists for the 12 months are:
Mary Jo Murphy, Melanie Mowinski, Maggie Mailer, Sophie Lee, Caitlynn Jeon, Rebecca Weinman, Laurie May Coyle, Dave Huckins, Angela Zammarelli, Jared Snider, Marianne Petit, and Diane Firtell.

Designed by Ellie Kresicher

I got to do September.


Alchemy Initiative builds community by providing a forum for food and farming, art and music, health and healing and sustainable living. We aspire to educate and engage our community to communicate, collaborate and create.

Alchemy Initiative
40 Melville Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 236-9600

Thursday, November 10, 2011

for real 10.28.2011


rest 10.08.2011
MCAD art sale 2011


I am embroidering like a mad person, that is were my words are for now.


"alpha male covered in diamond dust"

Sunday, October 16, 2011

at work 10.14.2011 (or Melanie is a good sport)

back and forth with Alicia Renadette (back to me) 10/??/2011

Burns and some chorus members (and Josh) 10.01.2011

Fester's Quest 10.09.2011

Mirko Martin's Noir 10.14.2011

Friday, September 30, 2011


09.21.2011 (page for a book project organized by Emily Smith and Alex Moore)

09.28.2011 (Estonian mitten)


Saturday October 1, 2011 there will be town wide open studios here in Easthampton, MA organized by Easthampton City Arts.

Joshua and I will be in the studio from 10am - 3pm. Our studio is #3-32 located in the 1 Cottage Street Studios building.

A list of participating studios can be found here.


I Will Swallow It closes this Friday, October 7th. If you are in the Springfield, MA area and have time please take a trip over to Springfield College's William Blizard Gallery.


Doris Salcedo

Atrabiliarios, 1992-2004, shoes, animal fibre, and surgical thread


wall [wawl]
1. any of various permanent upright constructions having a length much greater than the thickness and presenting a continuous surface except where pierced by doors, windows, etc.: used for shelter, protection, or privacy, or to subdivide interior space, to support floors, roofs, or the like, to retain earth, to fence in an area, etc.

2. Usually, walls. a rampart raised for defensive purposes.
3. an immaterial or intangible barrier, obstruction, etc., suggesting a wall: a wall of prejudice.
4. a wall-like, enclosing part, thing, mass, etc.: a wall of fire; a wall of troops.
5. an embankment to prevent flooding, as a levee or sea wall.

6. the Wall. Berlin Wall
7. the outermost film or layer of structural material protecting, surrounding, and defining the physical limits of an object: the wall of a blood cell.
8. Mining .

a. the side of a level or drift.
b.the overhanging or underlying side of a vein; a hanging wall or footwall.

street [street]
1. a public thoroughfare, usually paved, in a village, town, or city, including the sidewalk or sidewalks.

2. such a thoroughfare together with adjacent buildings, lots, etc.: Houses, lawns, and trees composed a very pleasant street.
3. the roadway of such a thoroughfare, as distinguished from the sidewalk: to cross a street.
4. a main way or thoroughfare, as distinguished from a lane, alley, or the like.
5. the inhabitants or frequenters of a street:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

09.02.2011 (watcher in petals)

09.08.2011 (small piece)

09.17.2011 soap box derby
09.10.2011 busy beaver storage rt 20


Thursday, September 08, 2011


09.02.2011 install

09.04.2011 ICA Boston

08.16.2011 mash up

08.17.2011 wunderkammer

08.27.2011 fair
08.27.2011 fair


I have a show up now at Springfield College called "I Will Swallow It". Below is the statement from the show and more information. I will post pictures and write a little more about the work in my next post.


The space that we built to protect ourselves we have decided to break it apart. It will do us good to move out of this place. We have stewed in our own juices long enough.


“I Will Swallow It” is the sixth installment in a series called “All the Trappings”. The characters involved in this body of work have been trying to find a home for themselves by constructing fortified spaces out of cardboard, textiles, collaged imagery from shopping catalogs, and found and homemade objects. The spaces end up being isolating neurotic boxes of great pleasure and disgust.

The structure “I Will Swallow It” seems to be the beginning of a change in direction for these characters. The structure seems to have been opened up and is in the process of being dismantled or maybe it is being reconfigured.

I Will Swallow It
September 6 - October 7
William Blizard Gallery*
263 Alden St.
Springfield MA 01109

Gallery reception for artist and public:
Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


My seat mate poked my lap when I was riding the train home from Chicago.
She was taken off the train in the early hours of the morning.
Not for poking my lap, but for something else.


I met the woman who was the baby that wore these 08.??.05

Made in Minnesota (I think)
handmade baby slippers
found in the trash August 2005

These baby slippers I submitted for "Art-i-facts: An Unconventional History of MCAD". The show is in conjunction with MCAD's (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) 125 anniversary. Kerry Morgan, the director of the MCAD gallery, asked alumni to submit a single object or expression that would best represent one's experience while in school.

When I moved to Minneapolis in August of 2005 it was to start the MFA program at MCAD. I had never been to Minneapolis before. Luckily I had met a really lovely woman named Megan earlier in the year in Vermont who lived in Minneapolis with her boyfriend. They were kind enough to let me sleep in there living room for a couple of weeks while I looked for a place to live. Other than Megan I didn't know anybody else in the city. I would bike around Lake Harriet for hours and then I would bike up and down the alleys looking in trash bins for stuff. I moved out to Minnesota with one suitcase so I was trying to find materials to work with in the studio and housewares. I found so much stuff. Most of it I didn't take, sometimes I would just look. I remember three trash bins from this time in particular: the wiglets/smutty book/giant Garfield head pillow, an empty dumpster except for a huge birthday party bag filled with baby sleepers and dresses, and an overflowing dumpster filled with the life items of a couple moving out of the country (where these slippers came from).

I had visited the dumpster once and didn't take anything because I was afraid it was someone's who had been evicted from their apartment and I didn't want to take what could very well still belong to someone. But I decided to go back the next day because there was so much. This time a woman came up to me in the alley so I asked her if she knew what was going on. She said that the stuff was hers and that she and her partner were (and I assume still are) musicians and had decided to move to Mexico. They couldn't take much with them so they donated some things but still had to throw so much away. She said she would be very happy for me to take as much from the pile as I wanted. At this time I still was looking for a place to live so I couldn't take too much. I took the slippers, the woman's baby book, a notebook, and a blue cotton shift with strawberries embroidered on the yoke.

These slippers I keep pinned to the wall of my studio. I have always wanted to "do something" with them but have felt funny because in some ways I feel they are not mine to do anything with.

Art-i-facts: An Unconventional History of MCAD

August 26 – September 18, 2011
MCAD Second Floor Galleries

Exhibition reception: Friday, September 9, 6-8 p.m.

2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404