I am very excited to announce my solo exhibition, Invasive Species, at Carneal Simmons Gallery this spring. I hope you can join me for the opening reception April 7, 5:30-8pm. For the past six months I worked furiously in the studio to prepare over twelve new porcelain installations for this show. If you follow me on social media you may have seen snapshots of work in progress but I can't wait to unveil the entire exhibition. New experiments include black porcelain, a large-scale mobile with 1,200 porcelain pieces, and experiments with translucency and color.
Marian Lefeld and Arienne Lepretre discuss Marian's recent work.
As artists, we spend most of our time alone in the studio with nothing but our tools and our thoughts. Inviting others in who know our language, are interested in the process and can deliver constructive criticism is a way to stand outside ourselves and see our work with fresh eyes.
This summer I was invited to be a part of a studio critique group with Marian Lefeld, Anna Membreno, and Arienne Lepretre. Once every few weeks a member of our group hosts a critique session in their studio to discuss current work and ideas. The experience has been invaluable to me as an artist and it has energized my studio practice, invited me to entertain other directions for my work, and given me practice speaking about my current work and process. The conversation always begins with the artwork and unfolds into professional practices, current issues in the Dallas creative community, and advice on everything from helpful apps to accounting. Most recently, we invited John Spriggins to be a guest at the critique to add a new voice to our group. I look forward to these visits and I’m eager to see how this group of powerful, supported women navigates the Dallas art scene.
There is always coffee and snacks!
I have a bit of pesky surgery coming up that will keep me from doing heavy lifting in the studio so I’m trying to plan ahead. I really love the Galaxy series that I have been working on and, since I can’t work on the wheel after next week, I’m making as many disks as possible now. Each piece is thrown as a flat plate on the potter’s wheel and then trimmed to clean up the back. So far I have fifty blanks to work with and half of the are already in the kiln! Soon it will be glaze-time.
I have a grouping of galaxies on display right now at the Carneal Simmons Gallery. I hope you can make it to the summer show to see them in person.
Trump Yourself, will be on display at 500X Gallery, 500 Exposition Ave, Dallas Texas from May 6 through May 28, 2017. The opening reception is Saturday, May 6 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Gallery hours are Saturday-Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Trump Yourself is a constructed environment that involves a seven-foot cloud sculpture, sixty feather boas, five pounds of imitation gold leaf flakes and Communist choir music. Audience members are invited to “Trump themselves” by walking through a shower of feather boas coated in gold flakes. Here are a few images of the piece in progress.