My main form of art expression is through collage. I use it for my
collage series I do for art journaling and in this case for an artist
book. I am very fortunate to have 2 amazing book arts groups here in
Albuquerque where I live. One of the groups deals with a theme or topic and we make
our books using that- the book forms people choose are all their own choice. The last theme was mapping a favorite theme of
mine. I wish I could show you all the groups works- truly amazing. My
book is called Life States. This format is a triptych- I have lived in 3
states Iowa, Minnesota and now New Mexico. One panel for each state-
within the triptych are 2 small books attached. This is loosely based
on a book form of Roxanne Evans Stout's. This was hard to photograph but you can get an idea.
We have been really hot the past couple of weeks- So physical activity happens in the morning. I am winding down my participation in ICAD. So will share some more cards- I have made 51 cards so far. I have found working in a 4" x 6" size to be a lot of fun. I have some new art journaling spread but that will be for another time.
Well long time since a post. One year ago today the moving trucks with our possessions arrive at our new home in Albuquerque. What a year it has been!
The health update is OK- Ron's eyes are healed and he has the new lenses in his frames and can see clear finally! This aging thing is not easy we both have more doctor appointments than we would like but over all we are OK.
My art news is good- I entered some work in a call for entries at ReMarque Print Workshop here in Albuquerque. https://www.remarqueprintshop.com/The show is titled Unexpected Narratives and will open in Mid-July. I just completed and artist's book called Life States. This was the outcome of a three month exploration to the theme of mapping for my Book Arts Study group- I will post pictures of that next post. I also have been working on an altered passport project with my art pals. I am also participating in the I.C.A.D. ( index card a day) challenge. you do an index card either 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 everyday. There are daily themes if you want to use thoses there are weekly themes or you just do what you want. The challenge being doing one everyday for 2 months- June & July so I will have 61 cards at the end of it. It's a very large group and we share on a private FaceBook group. As of today I have 22 cards as it is the 22nd of June. I will share five of the cards here. Most have a Gelli printed background. More to come soon.
Well it was a long time once again since I posted- life happens- we both got the flu and that was intense. Some other medical stuff but it is all ok.
I have been working along on things I am in a few collaborations and I am in 2 mail art groups- so i have been doing stuff for that.
This is our first spring in New Mexico and I have to say it is wonderful. I think it was 3 weeks ago we went to the botanical gardens here and the cherry trees were blooming and daffodils and tulips and other spring bulbs- this is thrilling as in Minnesota that a some weeks off yet.
I taught 2 book forms at Libros today- that is one of the book arts groups I am in- had a delightful time - such wonderful people. Feeling very much full of gratitude- we have met so many wonderful people here.
This is a journal spread- has a monoprint background.
This is a spread I did in an old passport. There are several of these going around the world. These of late have been narrative in nature- making stories up about the person whose passport it was.
next are 2 sets of three collaborations- the group is called Neo-Exquisite Corpse. This is our version of The Exquisite Corpse- you can google the meaning of that- ours works like this- three people each make 3 starts- on one they make a a start on the top on one they make a start in the middle and on one they do a start on the bottom. Then is is mailed to the other two to finish. I love the challenge of this. You never know what the imagery will be until you get the set. Here is the first set of three.
This set was done by me and Geronimo Finn in Austria and Carol White in Cork Ireland.
As always- time seems to just zoom by. A mix of medical appointments- Ron had cataract surgery on the eye that he had surgery on in November so check ups for that- things seem to be ok there. I have had some good studio days. Finished a collaborative project with Los Libros- one of the book arts groups I am part of. We are each making a mini zine- we will get one from each person in the March meeting and make a slip case to hold them- there will be 40 different ones.
I had a moving experience yesterday(Saturday the 16th) - I may have
shared that a wonderful collage artist Valerie Roybal died here in
November- Valerie invited me to be a part of the collage group here when I first got here to
Albuquerque. There is a show of her work up at a gallery here right now
and they brought in her actual old desk and everything on it- several of
her antique cases with her collections- the collage group set up tables
right in the middle of her show and there were stacks and stacks of
her books and collage materials we were encouraged to take and make work
with. It was both a sad and a joyful afternoon. Here is a link to
Valerie's work. https://www.pinterest.com/evabudlong/valerie-roybal/?lp=tru
Here are two collages I made at that gathering.