Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dinky Drawings (no Shrinky)

Want to know how to say a funny moustache in Italian? You know you do: i buffi baffi. Now, please, use that in a sentence. Or as a personal mission statement. I don't care.

I'm getting ready to go teach in Rome for a semester, so I'm trying to learn Italian. I've also been making some tiny drawings while I'm printing pages for the artists' book I'm making. My printer is slow and my computer is small, so when I print, my computer hangs up for what seems like at least six hours. I print a lot, so I started working on little drawings in the down time. These are at Gallery Joe, and the one called "Sensitive" is going to be in their summer group show.

Bigger versions of these pieces are on my website on the drawings page.

My book project is coming along very well, if I do say so myself, and I've finally managed to make an etching that I really love! Gallery Joe set me up with James Stroud from Center Street Studio and he made me a fabulous tool that's letting me make tiny tiny marks- it's a sewing needle stuck in to a piece of wood, and it's genius. I just got back the first proof of my etching and it looks really great- I can't wait to get it finished.

In other news, I was a finalist for the Pew Fellowships in the Arts this year. Pretty cool! The artists who won this year are super geniusy, so I was in good company. Big ups, as my friend Carolyn would say, to Rob Matthews, Daniel Heyman, Anthony Campuzano and Nami Yamomoto! (Carolyn is very street because she's a pHD candidate at Penn.)