It was all my idea. “Let’s get out the tempera paints and paint the back of the garage! It’ll wash off– we can test it first!” I said. And it was so much fun no one bothered to test, until my trusting husband asked me, “Are you sure this is going to wash off?” So, this gorgeous family painting lasted only about 6 minutes tops before it was hosed down. And then scrubbed, with bathroom cleaner. Vigorously.
Luckily, I have tested how to make mandalas in my studio and they ARE temporary. Until they are photographed and then printed. And then they are gloriously permanent.
The Mandala Making Workshop is coming next Thursday, October 9th in my studio in Tampa. It’s already half-full. I’m not sure if I’ll be doing another one of these again this year, so if you are at all inclined to join in on the fun- NOW is the time.
Here is your registration form. Fill it out today!
If you need more information, check it out here.
Much love to you my friend, and remember, use washable paint on your house.
As the only woman in a house of three to five males (depending on when my stepsons are visiting), I am often subjected to hours of movies I would never choose myself. One such movie I have unfortunately had to see numerous times is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. All I can see in this film is the poor green screen effects, bad lighting, and cheap props- especially that crystal skull which looks like a piece of plastic stuffed with aluminum foil. I’m sure the storyline is sublime. But, my favorite line in the movie is by Cate Blanchett who plays the Russian Irina Spalko who “vants to know” everything the Crystal Skull has to tell her. I like to walk around the house sometimes and tell people “I vont to know!”
So… I VONT TO KNOW!
I created a survey here (it’s only 21 questions) to find out a little bit more about you and how I can SERVE you ! (hint: I’m going to start offering e-courses!)
Here is the link-a-roonie! Or, you can just fill it out in the little window below.
As a gift for completing it- I will give you a code for 40%, yes 40% off of ANYTHING in my Fine Art America shop!
And thank you, my friends. Thank you.
The exhibit, “Sweet”, by Elisa Contemporary Art, who represents me in nyc, is on in Bridgehampton this July- Aug. 4. Go out and see it if you are there! Here’s the article in Art Daily.
I cried. The art teacher at Kingswood Elementary in Brandon found and read the tbt article about me to all of her students, they emulated my work, and then wrote me the nicest letter. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, for sure!!
noun \ˈfe-tish also ˈfē-\
: a strong and unusual need or desire for something
: a need or desire for an object, body part, or activity for sexual excitement
: an object that is believed to have magical powers
I was talking to my friend and she mentioned that many of my mandalas and ideas for future works are somehow based in fetishes. Yes, it’s true. I agree. Part of the process for me as an artist involves a lot of thinking and considering the WHY behind the work. Sometimes it can get in the way of the actual making– often the work has a mind of it’s own and you can only see it’s meaning after it’s complete.
In regards to fetish (which is often erroneously used in only a sexual sense), the definition sheds some light on the work for me. A “strong and unusual need or desire for something”- yes. This is part of the paradox for me in using man-made objects in my work. For me, the mandalas are about bringing a spiritual aspect to consumerism, acquisition, and the constant state of wanting–more, more, more. I’ve been fascinated with “stuff” for years. How we covet it, how much we want, why we want it, and how much we produce! I have a love/hate relationship with things- many times in my life I’ve moved (I think around 25 times) and have either had to pack everything up, or sell it, or some combo. Once I actually reduced all of my belongings to 6 boxes. How freeing! But then, I accumulate again! At the same time, I love design and beautiful objects and see their wonderful purposefulness in our lives. Fetish, though, may be a bit different, I suppose. It’s a strong and unusual need or desire for something. How strong, I guess, is the question. I still think it relates somehow.
The other part of this definition I relate to my work is “an object that is believed to have magical powers”. As a little girl, I had a collection of rag dolls that were completely REAL. I’m sure many girls did this, but I kept up this belief for a bit longer than many of my friends. I called them my “kids”. They each had specific personalities and I took my little rag doll family very seriously. In fact, I still have Selina and Joy up in Nolan’s closet, despite their torn limbs and tattered faces. They still have magical powers up there, I know it! When I took my first photography class in college, I photographed a lot of objects and my professor made the comment that I portrayed these objects as if they had life. I still give meaning to some special things around my house- I mean, everything has an energy of some sort. Everything is connected an everything matters, to some extent. Doesn’t it?
Why am I blogging about this stuff? Because, why not? It’s part of the process. And I want to share it.
Tell me about your relationship to material objects. Do you covet or abhor? Or both? Does anything you own have magical powers?
“BE who you already are…DO what you want and HAVE anything your heart desires.”
From Denise Duffield- Thomas, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch
Words I’ve been thinking about in conjunction with my mandala series and the process:
Surprise and Spontaneity