MFA- First Term Summary

MFA- First Term Summary

As we wrap up for winter break, here’s a little look back at my first term at grad school. I’ve never been great at keeping a sketchbook. Rather, I’ve got bookmarks, word docs, and powerpoints; a notebook here, a sketchbook there.  I’ve got articles, photos and found objects stashed, taped, and folded up…  I get ideas and write them down. I make a plan, order supplies, then get to the studio and just start working with what’s there; I forget about that last idea as I merge into another. I get feedback from tutors, critique groups and peers. I go to the library and check out books; photograph, scan and print.  I try to go to all the staff talks and art lectures (but I’ll catch up on youtube, the ones that I’ve I missed.) I am familiarising myself with London galleries and museums, French philosophers and theorists; trying to make up for the 12 years I haven’t been in art school. I’m not terribly organised or much of a planner.  I go with the flow, until I take action. I am open but anxious; realistically optimistic; fantastically fatalistic; completely sure, yet totally insecure.  And that about summarises term one.

Art exhibition at Thuyskamer

Art exhibition at Thuyskamer

Hilde Atalanta and Monica Perez Vega

Opening party: June 25th 16.00 – 19.00

I’ll have six new pieces showing at Thuyskamer alongside artist, Hilde Atalanta from 25 June- 25 November 2017.

Thuyskamer is a gorgeous little concept shop and cafe in the heart of Amsterdam. Located at Nieuwe Nieuwstraat 26, it is just steps away from Dam square.

At the opening party, we’ll also have a ‘Make Scene’ stamping corner, where guests are invited to make a postcard with the Amsterdam Make a Scene stamp kit. Should be a lot of fun.

Slade School of Fine Art

Slade School of Fine Art

Thrilled to finally pursue my MFA beginning September 2017.

“At the Slade School of Fine Art we approach the practice of contemporary art and the history and theories that inform it in an experimental, research-oriented and imaginative way. An art school with a world leading reputation, the Slade makes a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art both nationally and internationally.”

I feel very lucky to have found a home to explore all my crazy ideas.  I look forward to learning, playing and building my community here in London.

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Hiraeth Magazine Podcast

Hiraeth Magazine Podcast

Have you heard about my latest project?  Together, with a group of artists and writers in Amsterdam, I started a magazine about home and migration.  I was inspired to do something in reaction to the refugee crisis and the growing xenophobia in my homeland and adopted lands.  I wanted to create an outlet for voices of migration, seeing as how nearly every person in my life is a migrant and has a story.

With the magazine, I launched the podcast and we have debuted our first episode!

Here is the link to our blog and podcast stream.

Podcast Episode 1: Meet the Team, Part I

Digital Collages

Digital Collages

I’ve been trying to clean up my photos and get digitally organized.  In doing so, I rediscovered some digital collages I did about a year ago.  I remember playing around with this- taking bits and pieces from my paintings and manipulating them into these collages.  Then I left them, thinking it was just for fun, not really anything worth sharing.  However, in rediscovering them, I think I kind of like them!  What do you think?

Migrants, digital collage, 2015

 

Three Poppies, digital collage, 2015