Love Letters

These drawings were created during my August 2012, Millay Colony Artist Residency. The intent of this body of work was to explore calligraphy and letterforms that would resemble crochet and knitting patterns. As a young girl, I spent countless hours re-writing my school notes into a variety of configurations and handwritten letterforms. This progressed during my teenage years to doodling names of music groups that I loved and making a conscious effort to create what I knew would one day have to become my signature.

Soon after I fell in love with knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching, but was actively discouraged from getting too deeply into knitting and crocheting by my ophthalmologist mother who told me that not only would I ruin my eyes with this new interest, but that knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching were not what modern women did anymore. I still love knitting and crocheting, but now, I mainly knit and crochet to mentally prepare to paint and draw. I am currently working on several different chapters of works that will comprise this larger series titled: Modern Love, of which “Love Letters” is one chapter.

 

Afterglow

I mostly always paint at night and into the early morning hours. During the daytime hours, I go through the motions of being there, but my mind is somewhere else or wanting to be somewhere else. I never paint between the hours of 7am to 4pm. These are school hours, work hours….and for long as I can remember, have I looked forward to nightime and my perfect companion, solitude.

 

Two Strangers

The earliest incarnation of what I thought could be considered original art were created when I was a young teenager, before I had any thought or inclination that I would want to become an “Artist”. I scribbled drawings and sketches of the logos, song titles, song passages and names of my favorite rock bands on various notebooks and on the cover of our kraft paper covered textbooks. As my classmates talked to each other, flirted with each other and gossiped, I tried to kill time and dreamt of going home to draw and listen to The Clash, U2, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, the Eagles, Ultravox, Spandau Ballet, Roxy Music, Haircut 100, etc.

In 2003, I wanted to find a reason to fool around with these new sumie brush marker pens that I had discovered at an art supply store. I didn’t want to initiate or commit to anything serious with the markers, as I just wanted to experiment, explore and have fun. I decided to make drawings based on short phrases and quotes that I had copied and compiled from from various songs, movies, books, magazine articles and from real life. My mother thinks this umbrella series, Modern Love is some sort of expose on my love life. She doesn’t understand that my true love is, always has been and always will be my love of making art and of trying to figure out what it all means along the way.

 

The Museum of Innocence

During the time that I had been working on a series of silver gel pen drawings titled, “Love Letters”, I had finished reading the hardcover novel, “The Museum of Innocence” by Orhan Pamuk.  I thought quite a bit about the contents of the book and wondered if the book illuminated or enhanced my life in any way.

I spent 532 pages learning how memories could be revived and how the protagonist found meaning through an S & M relationship.  The novel did illuminate my life, but in the form of my becoming an Artist and through the act of physically altering the book.  I decided to hammer the novel shut after having it rebound in black cloth.  I simplified a silver gel pen drawing from my “Love Letters” series and created a new nail head studded cover design for the front and back cover design.  The book became a coffin, with a story that needed to be put to rest and buried.

 

The Space Between

Many Artists have painted clouds and many have painted clouds with much more skill and precision than I am interested in attempting or pursuing.  Much of my work is very planned out, precise and time consuming, so with this series I felt like I needed a break. “The Space in Between” is a bridge series to progressing my larger umbrella series, Modern Love.

Love Letters I

Ink on Paper
9 × 12 inches
2012

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Love Letters II

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2012

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Love Letters III

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Love Letters IV

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Love Letters V

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Love Letters VI

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Love Letters VII

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Love Letters XI

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Love Letters XII

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Love Letters XIII

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Love Letters XIV

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Love Letters XV

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Love Letters XVI

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Love Letters XVII

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Love Letters XVIII

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Love Letters XIX

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Love Letters XX

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Love Letters XXI

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Afterglow I

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16 × 20 inches
2011

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Afterglow II

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Afterglow III

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Afterglow IV

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Two Strangers I

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4 3/4 x 7 inches
2003

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Two Strangers II

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Two Strangers III

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Two Strangers IV

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Two Strangers V

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Two Strangers VI

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Two Strangers VII

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Two Strangers VIII

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Two Strangers IX

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Two Strangers X

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Two Strangers XI

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Two Strangers XII

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Two Strangers XIII

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Two Strangers XIV

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Two Strangers XV

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Two Strangers XVI

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Two Strangers XVII

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Two Strangers XVIII

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Two Stragers XIX

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Two Strangers XX

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2003

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The Museum of Innocence I (front)

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9.5 x 6.5 x 1.75 inches
2015

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The Museum of Innocence I (back)

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9.5 x 6.5 x 1.75 inches
2015

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The Space Between I

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22 x 38 inches
2015

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The Space Between II

18 x 24 inches
2015

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The Space Between V

16 x 20 inches
2015

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