art practice

Tours now open at Liberty Bank Building

Guess what I found out about the Liberty Bank Building? So many people are so curious about what’s inside that tours are now open to the general public!

If you’d like to see my collage portraits in the residents’ lounge, you’ll need to sign up for one of the weekly tours. Here are the available dates:

Tour groups will be small — only 14 people per visit. I’d sign up right now right now if I were you…

Workshop prep: Here comes the "Sun"

Guess what I’m going to be doing, once the fog lifts? Sealing a massive amount of wood panels — about 80 of them — for a class I’m going to teach next week.

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I’ve partnered with the Bellevue Big Picture School to create a collage project based on the book “Copper Sun,” which some of their eighth-graders have been studying. The historical novel centers a young West African girl swept up into the North American slave trade. Intense, but I’m told the students are diving into the story of a girl who’s almost exactly their age when she’s kidnapped and sold.

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So this weekend I’ll be elbow-deep in matte medium and paper, as well as the other materials I’m going to bring to class. Cross your fingers that the sunny weather holds… I need these panels to dry fast!

New work: "Denier"

You know that feeling when you take the last step on the stairs, and it turns out there is no step and your foot comes down extra hard? That unexpected jolt, tinged with chagrin? Now imagine the missing step was a friendship you thought you could rely on: how much worse would that feel?

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I’d felt that way about My Fellow Americans in general, and certain people in particular, over the past three years. Even my past seems to have been overwritten by these… interesting times in which we live.

Of course, I’ve picked up the fragments of this trust and rebuilt what I could, in a kintsugi kind of way. I can’t live with unrelenting suspicion of everyone I meet for the rest of my life. I wonder if all of us are in denial, but for very different reasons. I consider this new collage, “Denier,” a warning to myself as well as others.

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Speaking of broken trust, one of my previous works has been accepted to the upcoming exhibit “Fracture” at the Kirkland Arts Center. I appreciate that I’m not the only person thinking about cracks in what we used to think was stable.