return to collage

A couple of weeks ago I attended a collage workshop at Light Work in Syracuse, NY with artist Suné Woods. I had seen the event on Facebook and immediately signed up. One of my big goals this year was to re-focus on my own art practice and I saw this workshop as an opportunity to actually MAKE SOMETHING. The first half of the workshop was an artist talk with Suné in her exhibition and then a presentation where she shared with us artists that influenced her. This all lead up to us sitting around a table covered in magazines, glue, and scissors. I was in heaven! Seriously, what better way to spend a day?

As I stood by the edge of the table glancing over the stack of magazines I spotted a space-themed National Geographic and lunged for it! The three collages above are the pieces I made during the workshop. I worked fast. I tried not to “think too much.” I am super pleased with the results.

This exercise was exactly the kick in the butt I needed! I feel refreshed. I feel inspired.

After returning to Rochester after my blissful collage workshop experience I was invited to Visual Studies Workshop for – wait for it – a collage workshop with their Project Space artist Nancy Topolski. It’s like the universe was trying to tell me something. Above is the collage I made at VSW. This was a very different process. We only used black and white photocopies, and we had access to a photocopier so you could enlarge or shrink images as you wished. I made this in about 15mins. Again, like the collages I made in Suné’s workshop, I wanted to focus more on how I was reacting to what I was making and not on the thinking about what I should make.

Get ready folks! You’ll be seeing more collages from me soon.

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woman to watch

Woman to Watch 2016

In case you missed my announcement on Facebook, Twitter, and InstagramI was the first Woman to Watch of 2016!

I was interviewed by Leah Shaw of the Democrat & Chronicle. We chatted a lot about how I’ve reached this point in my career and how passionate I am about the local art scene here in ROC – I’m glad I was able to share my experience and also some fun facts about me:

Future goals: My long-term goals include pursuing a doctorate and eventually starting a family (maybe not in that order). I also grew up in the Adirondacks and it’s always been a goal to climb all 46 high peaks. Having just turned 30, I’m now committed to becoming a ’46er’ by the time I’m 35. Plenty of time.

SUPER PUMPED to share more about my 46er plans this year! Stay tuned. It’s funny re-reading this goals quote thinking back on my 30th birthday post. Ha! So, I do have some goals.

PhotoFinish 5K – Team VSW – We Did It!

TeamVSW (2015)

PhotoFinish 5K (2015)

YAY, we did it! This past weekend Team VSW ran in the PhotoFinish 5K. We raised $2,165 (goal was $1,500) to support VSW – THANK YOU to everyone who donated!

I was happy to run to support my Alma Mater AND this was my second 5K! With the Lilac Run & PhotoFinish under my belt, which one should I sign-up for next?


Top photo from VSW’s Instagram which of course I had to #regram!

Team t-shirts were hand-printed by Hey Buddy! – you’ll remember his handiwork from when he printed my Collaborator totes!

PhotoFinish 5K – Team VSW

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A few months ago I started running! I know, right? My first ever 5K was the Lilac Run and it was an AMAZING experience. I’m excited to say I’ve caught the “running bug” and have signed up for my next 5K: the PhotoFinish 5K!

I’m running in this particular 5K to help support VSW! Our goal is to raise $1,500 – help us out? You can donate any amount: $5, $10, $20 – it all adds up.

CLICK TO DONATE – THANK YOU!

fall in nyc – 2014

Fall in NYC, Fall 2014

This past September I drove down to NYC for the NY Art Book Fair & Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference (CABC) presented by Printed Matter. This was my third year attending both the fair & conference (2012 | 2011). I honestly didn’t spend as much time at the fair as I have previously: 1. because I am broke and 2. I was only there for a couple of days and I wanted to visit my baby brother who is currently living in Manhattan on a co-op from RIT.

My favorite session this year at the CABC was on Saturday, “The Re-Materialization of the Art Book: Contemporary Livres d’Artistes“. Sheelagh Bevan (Morgan Library), Jenni Quilter (NYU), & Maddy Rosenberg (Central Booking) all spoke about various examples of how the livre d’artiste has evolved into a collaboration opportunity between visual artists & writers. I walked away from this session with a ton of notes – but one word I had written in bold with stars around it in my notebook, and that was the name Iliazd. Bevan’s talk about Poésie de mots inconnus, Iliazd, & the Lettrist debate really piqued my interest! Over the last few months I have been reading up on Iliazd and I’m excited to say I’m currently obsessed. His work is fascinating – I’ll obsess more in a future blog post.

Back to the fair. Yes, that is a picture of an Artist Book Vending Machine! Fun, right?

That selfie with my brother is with one of Dan Graham’s pieces at the Met. I can’t go to NYC without visiting the Met! This was one of Graham’s smaller pieces indoors – we also went up onto the roof to see his Roof Garden commission Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout. Apparently I didn’t take any photos from the roof – or, I just can’t find them right now. I can’t believe I didn’t take a single picture!

I spent Saturday night and most of Sunday hanging out with my brother. Sunday, before I drove back up to ROC, we took a walk on the High Line – my FAVE place in NYC. I really lucked out that weekend, the weather was beautiful.

Now, I’m back in ROC and in the middle of a winter snowstorm. I’m not looking forward to digging out my car tomorrow morning. Maybe I’ll snowshoe to work.

drawing my fingers off

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I recently renewed my ILSSA membership and yesterday just so happened to be the annual Festival to Plead for Skills. This year I decided to focus on drawing for my skill. I have been working away at my #365iterations project and I wanted to challenge myself to do more. These drawings are all small and I spend roughly 15-45mins per piece – sometimes a little longer depending on my mood.

For the Festival to Plead for Skills I spent HOURS on a VERY LARGE drawing. I’m going to set it up to photograph tomorrow and will share the photo over here ASAP.


image via ILSSA co-operators. AS MANY HOURS AS IT TAKES!!!