Ode to the Bramble Cay Melomys, first mammal rendered extinct by humans and their nonsense. Rising seas are responsible for the disappearance of this mosaic-tailed cutie A moment of silence for this little one.
Growing up a curly brunette in a society that worships straight-haired blondes can pose some real challenges to your self esteem. Watching celebrities like Keri Russell and Mila Kunis happily surrendering their differences to blend in with the archetypal Hollywood stars, and flipping through the only fashion spreads featuring women with hair like mine in over-the-top “ethnic” couture shoots. Being different, standing out, the constant fear of GIANT HAIR, all lent to the feeling of being “other.” And if my skin was darker, I can only imagine how magnified that feeling would become.
But, for as much as I wished for magically straight hair, when it came down to taming my curls- it always felt disingenuous. Like giving up my trademark. Hair is as much an identifiable trait of personality as is the clothes we choose. Couple that cute, little piece of baggage that I’ve been lugging around with my current feelings about this moment in history… AS. A. WOMAN… and I decided it was time to celebrate that gorgeous otherness. Scream it loud. We DECIDED to worship a white, European ideal, so we can also DECIDE to worship the more sculptural beauty of “natural” hair, as well.
My idea started with sketches, but I quickly realized that they needed to be much bigger- like the hair and the women they represent.
Curly heads, get ready. I mean, after all, aren’t curls works of art on their very own?? Lots of drawing to do, but they are in progress. Stay tuned.
Hey! I’m doing THIS next Sunday, the 22nd. I am slotted to draw from 4:15-5:15. It’s such a neat way to see different processes and connect with art in a new way. Plus, all the works created will be available for purchase for $50!! All proceeds going to support the Hera Gallery. And did I mention that it’s at a brewery?
Just when I’ve managed to really wedge myself into my own little, comfort box, a client will come along and dangle a unique opportunity and out I come. This was one of those projects.
Dr. Anna Vishart, lover of art and orchids, was looking for an interesting way to both deal with the succession of glass doors and windows throughout her new office, and bring a bit of design into the space (her new office was designed by my own talented mom). So, we landed on the idea of these beauties blooming as you walk through her practice. Their lines work to soften the sleek, modernness and act as a calming breath when we all, inevitably get a bit tense in the dentist’s chair. Take a walk through here, or better yet, stop by in person to stand among them.
After a long absence…
I’m back. And I’ve been busy. One of the projects I’ve been working on is for one of my absolute favorite organizations in divine Providence, Southside Community Land Trust. They create tiny farms all throughout the city, teaching folks how to grow and take their goods to market. Their annual fundraiser, Harvesting Hope is tomorrow night and I have four drawings that will be auctioned off to help them keep up this green work. Each drawing is one of four pollinators: monarchs and swallowtails, hummingbird, bumble and honey bees, and blue and sunbirds. Little creatures that help feed us. And it just so happens that they are all breathtakingly beautiful, so how could I not draw them?? The best news is that you can bid online…here. Take a look and at the very least learn a little about SCLT.