Today I had the pleasure of talking with Deborah Kapoor about my art and process. Our recorded conversation will be used in her college art class in the section called “Layering with Paint: Home/Addressing the Personal to Global.”
This was a first for me, talking about my creative process and how I use art to examine the stories I’ve inherited and the stories I’m passing down about who I am and where I come from. I’m so grateful to be included in Deborah’s line up of Seattle artists that she is interviewing for her class.
Just posted my Winter/Spring 2020 Newsletter which provided the following list of upcoming art shows and film screenings. If you’re interested in subscribing, click here to view it and select “Subscribe” in the top/left corner. (I send out 2-3 newsletters a year).
Upcoming Art Exhibits:
THE CLOUD ROOM
“Showing Signs of Wear”
March 2020 Opening Reception & Artist Talk: March 12, 6-9pm Capitol Hill Art Walk * This gorgeous space includes a bar,
so this will be a 21+ event.
ART XCHANGE GALLERY
“Sense Us 2020”
Juried Group Show
March-April 2020 Opening Reception: March 5, 5-8pm Second Reception: April 2, 5-8pm Pioneer Square Art Walk
As a kid, I found it comforting to think about how wildly the universe had to conspire just so I could be here. I would lie in bed and think about all the serendipitous moments that had to happen just so my Tanzanian father and South Korean mother could meet, halfway around the world, and have me. I would think about the epic stories of love, betrayal, sacrifice, migration, survival ~ all the random encounters and deliberate life choices extending back generations that had to happen just so my parents could meet and have me.
And as I got older, made friends and met their families, I realized that everyone has stories that are epic in scope ~ even if their families have lived in the same town for generations.
Every one of us is the embodiment of the life stories of our parents, our grandparents, our ancestors. We carry their stories forward with us, whether we’re conscious of them or not. But make no mistake ~ we are all here because of these stories.
Making art is how I make sense of these stories I’ve inherited about who I am and where I come from…and the stories I’m now passing down. As a mother, I feel compelled to think about where I stand in this flow of cultural inheritance and legacy. These paintings reflect the internal and external landscapes that have been traversed just to reach this point where our paths could cross in this gallery, in this city, at this moment in time…
It’s been a full and busy year!! I am 13 shows down…and now with Fall in full swing, I have 4 more to go. If you’re in Seattle between now and the end of the year, here’s hoping you can make it to one of these openings! Would LOVE to see you there!🙂
“Envisioning a Brighter Future”
King Street Station
303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104 – 4th floor Opening Reception: Thurs, Nov. 7 from 5-7pm Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk
Exhibit hours: Tue-Sat, 10-6
Exhibit ends: January 11, 2020
“The Paths We Travel”
Columbia City Gallery
4864 Rainier Ave S., Seattle WA 98118 Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 16 from 5-7pm
Exhibit ends: January 5, 2020
NW Mystics 2019: Women of the Pacific Northwest
Center on Contemporary Art (COCA) Gallery
114 Third Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104 Opening Reception: Thur., Dec 5 from 5-8pm Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk
Exhibit ends: December 21, 2019
All Around Town: Celebrating Our City
2019 Winter Art Show
Windermere Mount Baker
4919 S Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98118 Opening Reception: Thurs, Dec 5 from 5:30-8pm
Exhibit hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat & Sun 10-4
Show will be up thru Feb 2020
I’m excited to be showing my work at Proletariat Pizza for the next couple of months!! Last year, Sandra the manager found me on Instagram. She reached out and asked if I would be interested in showing my work at her restaurant. The aesthetic, the vibe, the expansive wall space–not to mention, the pie! It was an easy YES!!!
This week, Tom and I installed 24 pieces — including 4 new pieces fresh off the easel. All paintings are for sale. My art, on these walls, looks fantastic!
“The Truth Has No Borders” is a multimedia piece that integrates 40 years of writing, photography, music, film, and art into a single cohesive, immersive installation.
It was originally created to exhibit in a shipping container for COCA’s 30-day Storefronts [UN]contained Residency in 2016. Lately, I’ve been feeling the need to revisit this project, and fully realize my vision. But I’ve been struggling with how to convey the impact of this piece in grant/exhibition applications.
I shot this test video on-site when I only had the first two layers of paper panels up (I wanted to see how the projection & sound worked in the space.) The final installation had 7 layers of paper panels. But my dream is to FILL the room with floor-to-ceiling encaustic paper panels — a layered paper screen embedded with images of my Mom’s Korean family, that are illuminated by the projected moving imagery of my Dad’s Chagga family on Kilimanjaro.
When I brought this dilemma to Larry Calkins, he suggested building a model of the project to film. Brilliant!! And so my diorama project begins…(projection and sound to follow).
This 24″x 24″ painting has undergone a surprising number of transformations before finally settling on the Broadstairs piece currently exhibiting at Northwest Encaustics. As one of the more epic #NoPanelLeftBehind pieces, I decided to trace Broadstairs back to its origins, and offer snapshots of its evolution over the past 2 years…
March 13, 2017
Most of my pieces begin with writing…whether it be part of a journal entry, passage from a book, lyric, poem. The base layers here also includes wood glue burn, yellow india ink, and several clear coats of encaustic medium.
March 13, 2017
School’s out, which means my studio assistant is on hand to scrape back the layers. Always happy to let the kid loose on my paintings. I consider this a good return on my investment.😉