Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Sketches

Yesterday was the first time in a long while that when I sat down to do some sketching, it came easily.  Usually when I walk into my studio (knowing how important sketching is to a studio practice) I block out thirty minutes to an hour to do some sketching.  Honestly, it is always the post painful thing for me to do- silly things happen and I never feel it truly pay off.  However, yesterday was a great day.    An hour turned into six hours too quickly. It was fun.  It was easy. AND I really like the outcome.  All the new sketches are over on my website for you guys to see as well as uploaded sketchbook pages.

For now, I am off to try again. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cory Imig

I recently came across Cory Imig's work after a professor told me that I should look her up during one of my recent critiques.  The last few weeks I have found myself coming back to her website over and over again because I think that it is just genius what she has done with documenting people's stories and how she deals with time-based ideas.

For her documentation of time, she has installed all of these minimalist-esque prop situations up in a small space.  Trapping balloons under various material weights, she tracks the process of the balloon's increasing compression.

All to say, I really like you Cory.  You can check out her website here.

For her documentation of people's stories she sent letters out to other Imigs who live in the United States and asked them to send a letter back to her telling a little bit about themselves.  I am always amazed when you reach out to people, how much they will gladly and sincerely share.  At the end, she honored these stories and people and had a whole installation/exhibition and invited all of the Imigs!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WWD: SCADstyle Commission

There's an article online at Women's Wear Daily about the SCADstyle event that featured my work seen below.  The work consisted of six 72" x 72" handwoven tablecloths with planted life growing from below.  You can read the article here

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Untitled (Structure that Eats)

Lately, I have been very interested in variations on change and how to subtly depict those changes.  A friend pointed me out to this sculptural piece that is being exhibited through April 21 as part of Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New at the MoMA.  In Giovanni Anselmo’s Untitled (Structure that Eats) from 1968, a head of lettuce is pinned between two blocks of granite and held together by a copper wire. As the lettuce wilts, one of the blocks begins to fall. 


[Giovanni Anselmo. Untitled (Structure that Eats). 1968. Granite, copper wire, lettuce, and sawdust. The Sonnabend Collection. Photographs by Talia Kwartler.]

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Transformative Home

A Transformative Home: solo exhibition by Frances Russell

Artist Statement Excerpt: "A Transformative Home presents planted life as a surrogate for human form through photography, sculpture, textiles, drawing, and installation.  Placing anthropomorphic piles of dirt and seed in the visual landscape is a way for me to engage in a conversation about the life and the temporary environments we create, occupy, and share with other living things.”  


1522 Bull Street 
Savannah, GA

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


I have got some new work up over on my website.  Check it out and let me know if you would like to be a part of the stories! More will be added soon.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Frauke Wilken

Frauke Wilken, a German artist with a focus on sculpture, creates objects that deal with the boundary between inner and outer worlds.  There is an uncertainty whether whatever is on the inside of these objects are still or are in motion.  There is a grotesqueness to each one of these sculptures and a call of attention to certain orifices.  Each one of his objects create a tension between fragility and strength, security and bondage, as well as growth and decay.  I stumbled upon Frauke while researching a few months ago for my own work.  The absurdity of her objects is an inspiration to me.   I can see the links between womb and cellular structure, present in my own work, in the sketches and ideation that can be seen throughout her work.  Like always, you can check out more of Wilken's work at her website.