Changes and a new project

i apologize for being so silent here for so long. so much has happened in my personal life and in America's national life and i have had a hard time kicking the melancholy that threatens to set in. for those of you following me on FaceBook and Instagram know already that i am preparing for a move out of my studio. that will take place next week, at the end of the month. i am sad to be leaving the space in which i have grown so much and in which i created many new works, but i am also looking forward to a new chapter in my life. my family is moving into a bigger home and i will have a small room to use as a studio. while i am sad to be leaving behind a community in the Wareham studio, i hope to stay in touch and also to build a new community in Brookline. i am already meeting other artists in my neighborhood and looking forward to what those connections and relationships will bring about.

while packing and prepping for our move, i am thinking and planning in my head and in my sketchbook for a new project that will take place in January/February 2017. i am extremely excited for this project, as it draws on my love of dance, movement, music and art. i am collaborating on this new project with Fernadina Chan, a choreographer and friend i met through my ballet class. we have received a grant from the Boston Center for the Arts to use their space and create a new performance piece. you can read more about the project here. i am really excited about all the possibilities this project holds. really, it could go anywhere! i am particularly looking forward to creating a space for the dancers to move and interact with and a space that will transport the audience.

to prepare myself, i've been listening to Stravinsky's Elegy for viola as it might be part of the music for the performance. i've been listening with my eyes closed and putting pen to paper and allowing my hand move where it will with the music. afterwards, i fill in various spaces on the page with colours. here are some pages from my sketchbook that are the results of this experiment.

this one was actually drawn with my eyes open, just so i could see what my hand would do if my eyes were open. the lines are much more even and self-conscious i think.

this one was actually drawn with my eyes open, just so i could see what my hand would do if my eyes were open. the lines are much more even and self-conscious i think.

why am i doing this? i'm hoping to loosen up my mind a bit and marrying my mark making with music. i'm hoping this will help me as i think about creating a space for movement.

U2 + Oliver Jeffers

i always love a good collaboration between artists i admire, but this collaboration has got to be one of the tops.  i grew up listening to U2 and what gets me always about them is that they never fail to deliver.  how is that possible?  i wonder about that as a creative person.  i sometimes feel like one day i will run out of things to express.  i wrote a post about Oliver Jeffers some time ago (you can find that here) - i am a huge fan of his books.  what i love about him is that he has such a unique voice and he is so fluent with it.  fluency of voice is something artists and writers are constantly striving for.  i think both U2 and Oliver Jeffers have that in common - that ability to express themselves in voices that are unmistakably their own.

and of course, it helps that this song is about Nelson Mandela and is the soundtrack for the movie about his life.  i loved reading his biography, Long Walk To Freedom.  this song is nominated for the oscars - along with "Let It Go".  i haven't told my girls yet that i will be rooting for "Ordinary Love" instead. ;)

What I am listening to lately

so i've been sort of on a roll with my writing. i have started working on a new story. some days, the words come to me so fast and i'm barely able to keep up.  don't you just love it when it's like that? when what you want to say is crystal clear and sharp.  but i know there are those other days, when it is agony sitting before the computer, wondering what on earth i am trying to say.  so, while i'm on a roll, i'm going to take advantage of it. 

and while i am writing, i have been listening to this music:



 "Noble Heart" is my favorite song right now on PHOX's album, Confetti. go to their website and you can hear lots more great music! oh, and another reason to love them - they are a local Madison band. :)