Working on this series of boxes, their folding and unfolding of something hidden, I keep thinking about a story I read about a guy who, as a child, found he was able to take in small moments of human kindness and keep them - he said they functioned like “a secret fortress inside his heart” which would protect all that was gentle and perfect inside him from the chaos of his life at the time. This reminded me so much of how art making has been for me. At some level, it’s always been a way to protect that tenderness and delicacy of my child self, really since I could first hold a crayon. It functions in many more ways now, but this initial role, of building and holding a fortress for that which is delicate and fragile and loving, of making some place secret and safe folded into the confines of every day reality has never really left, and I find it expresses itself more clearly in some work than others.
Alleyway paste up, Cincinnati. Pic by @danielleschiano
“The Art of Breastfeeding: Modern Narratives of Motherhood” just opened in Brooklyn last night. Details: “The Art of Breastfeeding” at MF Gallery (213 Bond St. between Baltic and Butler streets in Gowanus). Opening receptoin March 10, 7–10 pm. By appointment through April 22. Free. @breastfeedingart
Jewel box miniatures (this one still in progress). There are a few themes that constantly re-appear in my work in different forms and one of them has to do with the sense of wonder and mystery that we get when peering into the tiny and the delicate. This project is filling me with memories from childhood of that hushed sense of stillness that comes when opening doorways and drawers to explore things that you’re not sure if you’re allowed to be exploring.
More from Braddock Tiles: "We’re selling our Swoon designed screen printed tiles this month!! They look great as works of art or installed as an accent. They are left unglazed and have a lovely matte feeling to them. We’re a small crew over at Braddock Tiles and we’re only able to produce a few of these a year, so catch them on our website before the month is over (link to site in bio). We’re a non-profit project and all revenue goes back to our work creating job readiness programming for local youth. Check out our tiles next Friday when we’ll be offering screen printed demos at the Braddock Carnegie Library and selling them right out of the shop! 5-9pm @swoonhq @braddocklibrary
In awe of the young folks who stood up for their lives today, demanding change, refusing to let their schools get turned into prisons, and calling out for us to protect kids not guns. Y’all are the future, and you have so many of your fellow citizens standing behind you. Here’s to the next phase, March 24th
Remnants from Prague. When i was 17 I became an AFS exchange student in Prague. I was from Daytona Beach Florida and had seen almost nothing of the world. Prague was just a half a dozen years out from behind the Iron Curtain and so it was indeed another world to me. That was, to this day, one of the most magical experiences of my life, not to mention my gratitude for the family who took in some random straggly teenager for a year. Prague taught me so many things, the first being that cities are some of our greatest collective works of art. It was a special honor be able to be asked to participate in an exhibition at the National Library back in 2012, and make some paste ups around the city. Pic of the remnant by @poodlemunch
Starting fresh. It’s finally happening! I’ve started making elements for a stop animation! I’ve been wanting to make an animated film for a long time, since I was 19 in fact, but back then I found I was way too restless. I needed to be out in the world wrestling with the big questions. Slowly over the last couple of years though, a series of life events have started to pull my attention inward, and with that I’ve craved some quiet time making a tiny world of my own. Who knows how far I’ll get, but I’m happy to be at the drawing board (or, the cutting mat, or whatever).
Two of the most supportive folks I know, Jaime and Steve from @bkstreetart are now in need of a little love from us. Head over to @springbreakartshow to find the art auction set up to fight NY’s destructive cycle of evictions, and to help these two keep doing what they do.
Cut paper portrait reflected in mirror, layered with an image broken Spanish tile from an abandoned palace on the outskirts of Barcelona. This piece is one of my Heliotrope Prints, an ongoing series of affordable artworks created to help fund the work of @theheliotropefoundation. Find it through the link in my bio today.
My new tile designs are available to order though Braddock Tiles for the month of March only! If you’re interested in hand made tile created with youth who are receiving skills building and work readiness training in Braddock, PA, contact the folks over at @braddocktiles soon! All proceeds go toward keeping their awesome program going. www.braddocktiles.org