i am excited to share that all of the new work i've been making for my solo show is up on nahcotta's website as of today. the show officially opens on friday night, 12/3, from 5-8pm, and it will be up for the month of december. i will be at the opening and would love to see you if you're in the neighborhood.
i don't tend to post much particularly personal stuff on this blog, as a rule, because i am a pretty shy person. but i have a few things to say about this show and the work i made for it. this past summer i was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and have experienced a rapid onset of symptoms, including vision problems and fine motor issues in my dominant hand. (it's been a little bit of a problem for a person whose primary tools include super fine tipped pens!) it's been a pretty scary and frustrating time. i started monthly chemotherapy treatment for it in july, and am also doing MS injectable drugs every other night. the work for this show has been the result of me trying to figure out what i can do with these new challenges. pen work has been tricky + frustrating for me recently, but i found (very happily) that i could work really well with slow and steady pressure doing these elaborate papercuts. it has opened up a whole new exciting road for me - i am able to work larger, which has been a goal for me anyway, and it gives me a nice freedom with my work. i've been inspired to make work that i feel so good about, and that's been a gift i think i really needed. also, my move up to mount desert island this fall has had a big impact on this body of work, too. this work, in a nutshell, is about making peace with what is, loving my beautiful surroundings, asking for help, and finding community.
(the other nice thing i did for this work is to have it all framed professionally with lovely gray driftwood-ish frames and nice matting. i love the way it all turned out.)
thanks so much for reading here, and for your nice comments about the work i've been posting over the past month. i really appreciate that you come here.