It’s been 10 month since my accident. I am happy to report that I am now walking 40 minutes each day with my pup Olive, doing my PT exercises, and working out at the gym three times a week. My daily studio practice is as rigorous as always. To see the newest sculptures, please check out my Endangered Series located under the Collections tab.
I have so much to be grateful for, but I am living my daily life with an underlying sadness and heart break due to the Pandemic, divisive politics, the disappearance of a huge number of our animals and habitats, global warming, and the deterioration of our culture’s values. Each day I consciously attempt to stay above the turbulent waves.
In the last stanza of this poem, Robert Bly, poet extraordinaire, aptly captured the sentiment .
It’s been 4 months since my accident and I am pleased to report that I am making great progress. I am able to walk totally unassisted and can easily do stairs. This great news means I have been able to climb up to my studio and create new sculptures. The first sculpture to be completed is an Endangered Starry Night Toad. I am currently working on an Endangered Red Wolf. Images of both pieces are forth coming.
A new challenge occurred a few months ago. On March 11th, a freak accident resulted in a displaced femur, fractured acetabulum and pelvis. After three operations and a two-week hospital stay, I was sent home with a wheelchair, walker, and physical therapy exercises. The directive is to keep weight off my right leg for 3 months followed by out-patient physical therapy to learn to walk again. I should see positive results at the 6-month mark and be good as new in a year. Needless to say, this has been a major setback. My studio is located on the 2nd floor of my home. Extensive stair climbing won’t happen for quite a while. My make-shift studio is now on my dining room table. I’ve had to redirect my art making process from sculpture to 2-D work. The good news is that my creative juices are once again flowing. My new studio routine includes Alchemy research, journaling, and drawing. I am receiving many insights along this healing path and remain optimistic for the future.
I am excited to be exhibiting a grouping of my sculptures at Form & Concept Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s a wonderful gallery with a friendly, astute, energetic staff and talented group of artists. I look forward to visiting the gallery once again the end of April.
I am excited to have Dr. Dora Apel’s article on my art work included in the hard copy of Essay’d 3 // 30 Detroit Artists. The Book Signing and Launch Party takes place on January 10 from 6-8pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
I am delighted to have my Stone Teapot included in Morgan Contemporary’s Teapots!12 exhibition. The teapot is primarily constructed of stones and fossils collected on the shores of Lake Huron. The inside contains a surprise glint of geodes tucked away at the bottom of the vessel.
I am honored to have Threshold #7 included in Detroit Artists Market Biennial All Media Exhibition: Terrain. The exhibition was juried by painter extraordinaire, Jim Nawara and features work by 40 talented Detroit artists. It opens April 27-May 26.
Teapots!11th Invitational @ Morgan Contemporary in Pittsburgh runs from April 7-June 10th. This year I created “PinePot” from primarily pine branches and pine cones. The handle on the lid is a prehistoric bison tooth. The various sizes of pine cones were collected from many places…Michigan, Florida, and Connecticut. I have utilized whole pine cones, pine cone cross sections for the lid and individual parts of pine cones for the lid and foot of the pot. The inside is covered with pine needles from Florida. I wrapped small bundles of pine needles and then wove them together to create pine needle mats. (14″x13″x8″)
I am honored to have received a Pat Williams Award for my mixed media sculpture, Otter at the opening of New Fibers 2016. The exhibition opened October 26-December 7 at University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University. Many thanks to the Fiber Arts Network of Michigan for sponsoring this terrific show.
I am excited to have a small body of work included in BIG Sculpture @ The Factory in Highland Park, MI opening on September 16th- October 22nd. I will be presenting a lecture on my work on October 2nd at 2pm. The exhibition features work from over 50 artists.
On March 8th my husband, Harry and I adopted a 5 month old rescue husky and toy poodle puppy! I had been yearning for a studio companion for a while. Now I have Olive. We still have some training issues facing us but we are all up to the task. Olive is very smart, affectionate, and eager to please. Check out her mismatched eyes; one is blue and the other is blue and brown. Very special indeed!
Guide is a power animal or guardian spirit. “In shamanic cultures, it is believed that when we are born, the spirit of at least one animal volunteers itself to protect and guide us throughout our life–this is our power animal. When a person is consciously aware of his or her power animal, it is possible to communicate with it directly and ask them for help and guidance within a shamanic journey. ” (Sandra Ingerman, Shamanic Journeying, A Beginner’s Guide)
Soul Shell Teapot is in Teapots! 9th Invitational at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. The exhibition runs from April 10th-June13th. That’s my teapot on the invitation…second from the left on the top row! It should be a great show. I will be at the April 10th opening. Stop by and check out the show if you are in the area.