This month I am one of 4 artists in residence at the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. They host residents, interns, classes and beautiful studios for paper-based arts and ceramics. I'll be working in their light-filled printmaking studio. This residency is an opportunity to unplug from daily responsibilities in order to dig into a project, and it will also give me access to a printing press for the first time since moving back to Louisiana.
In my time here, I'll be reconciling old and new work. In my oldest published portfolio, I created monotypes from scenes of Louisiana pageants (mardi gras, debutante balls, etc). In contrast, my newest portfolios contain colorful silkscreen books and abstract cyanotype images. My goal in my month at Women's Studio Workshop is to reconcile the concepts and techniques that created both.
The original work was motivated by a raw frustration and resistance, while the zines were created out of a sense of hope, curiosity and possibility. I'll be experimenting with combining color and black-and-white, political and joyful, tradition and evolution, 2-D print and 3-D shape. Wish me luck! I'll post updates weekly.
Also, I've been known to send drawings to people who write me letters:
Women’s Studio Workshop
P.O. Box 489
Rosendale, NY 12472