Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Visit to the Wounded General and more!

Two weeks ago, Robert and I finally made it out to see Heather's studio and her gallery, The Wounded General, out in Point Reyes Station.

It's a small space, but is doing rather well. While we were there, there was even a surprise encounter with Anne Beck, who happened to wander in!

Heather's work is influenced by 19th Century Art, narrative, wordplay, and playfulness, in paint, prints, and textiles (in addition to being a poet!) The image directly below is part of a series that she is doing in response to the Bayeux Tapestry. She described it as a woman's story of survival compared to a male story of conquest.

The Wounded General also features work from local Marin County artists, and a few familiar East Bay folks - like the Don and Era Farnsworth piece centered on the wall below:

Other works:

After a lunch at Marin Sun Farms, Robert and I popped into Gallery Route One, a space I've driven by many a time but until now had never wandered in. In their Project Space, there was an exhibition called, Disappearing Act, Our Role in Species Extinction, with works by Marie-Luise Klotz and Xander Weaver-Scull. I was very excited to see Weaver-Scull's 30 foot long accordion book, printed with stencils:

Not only a pretty cool piece, a helluva way to display it.

Every time I visit Point Reyes, I feel like I could live there happily, if I only had a paying job that could keep me in plenty of cheese from Cowgirl Creamery. Right now, it's way, way too long of a commute for me.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Work continues

Above, I finally organized the beater corner of the studio. Efficiently using the wall space around Dulcinea, check! Below, papermaking viewed from the loft.

Work continues on Future Tense.

So far, invasive plants that have been used are French broom (Genista monspessulana), pampas grass (Cortaderia jubata) and ice plant (Carpobrotus chilensis).

In addition to making the paper, printing continues.

I am enchanted by the fibers of the handmade paper viewed through the negative spaces in the printed image.

When I started this artist book, which technically was years ago, finishing seemed a faraway, near impossible task. Yet lately, it seems to be rolling along, and I am excited by the progression.