This beautiful wild bird was my teacher for almost a month, coming to me at death's door, inviting me to remember a long-forgotten language buried deep within my body. He flew across the entire room for the first time on the day of the eclipse, showing me that he was ready to go back to the shore and sea. After releasing him, I became a student of the wind so I would always be able to feel and hear the healing of his wings.
Exhibition times at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids MI for the show Here + Now, where three of my brooches are part of Janet Bond's Abandoned Margins exhibition, have been extended until May 14, so there is still time to see this extensive collection.
From the exhibition website:
"Here + Now, a series of solo exhibitions, performances and community events curated by UICA Exhibitions Curator, Heather Duffy, extends the opportunity presented by US IS THEM to emerging and mid-career African American visual artists, spoken word artists, curators, and performance artists. Here + Now includes newly created solo shows and a guest-curated group exhibition, as well as community events and educational programs.
Guest Curator, Janice Bond
Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body
Jan 27, 2017 – May 14, 2017
Janice Bond is a curator, interdisciplinary artist, and cultural producer specializing in arts and culture. As a visual/multimedia artist, her original paintings, installations, and collective soundscapes focus on multidimensional human perspectives and identity, sacred geometry, sound frequencies, and indigenous fractal patterns found in various cultures and urban landscapes. In 2014, Bond opened Gallery ONI, a contemporary art gallery and cultural space located in Chicago, Illinois dedicated to promoting the work of women artists of color. As featured guest curator for Here + Now, Bond will present a new iteration of Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, which debuted at Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery in early 2016."
In between wedding band orders, collaboration projects, getting images ready for potential inclusion in a book, custom automaton orders and making work for an upcoming opening, I fire up my kiln and sneak in some enameling as much as possible
Almost 30 family members came from all corners of the world for a week-long reunion here on St John recently. Some of us, like me, did not have to travel very far. It was a very happy week connecting with my beautiful family.
When I find the West Indian top shells on my morning beach walks, I like to relocate them to a spot just back from the beach where the hermit crabs assemble--these shells are always gone when I come the next day so I know that a hermit crab has upgraded to a new home. On the beach today, along with the shells for the hermit crabs was one for me, a ring.
Two of my enameled mechanical pendants are nestled in amongst this fine assortment.
Two of my mechanical pieces can be seen in the Enamelist Society's biennial international Alchemy 3 exhibition. They are lying between the work of two of my favorite enamelists--Amy Roper Lyons and Harlan Butt. The ladies checking out the exhibition here are new friends and talented enamelists themselves. This exhibit of over 60 enameled works of art including jewelry, wall art, vessels and clothing is traveling to several galleries throughout the next few months--The Worcester Center for Crafts, The NH League of Craftsmen and the McGowan Fine Art Gallery. Check it out if you are in the New England area, it is well worth the trip. If you cannot attend, the exhibition catalog is available for sale here