Galaxies, Utopias and other Ecosystems

Jul 6th, 2008 by vanessa | 0

Alongside recent installations that were very physical and collaborative, I’ve set aside a few hours each week to work privately in my studio on these prints. Layers of silkscreen and digital images appropriated from ongoing installations are collaged into made-up landscapes. I thoroughly enjoyed writing my MFA thesis and the research for the document has inspired these works. (Related: Mel Andringa, gallery owner of CSPS | Legion Arts , called Plot “Marsattacksfragonard” as the many details and colors remind him of Jean-Honore Fragonard’s rococo paintings , mixed with sci-fi and black comedy.)

Estonia: Impact 5

Nov 16th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

tallinn_bunny_combined1.jpgIn October 07 I was invited to participate on an International collaborative project and present at “Impact 5,” a biennial print conference held in a different country each year. I spent 8 days in Tallinn, Estonia and worked on a collaboration that was then presented to the public as an installation.

Fungus and other Shadowy Growths

Oct 21st, 2007 by vanessa | 0

funguscloseup.jpg Etherial images with references to Japanese decorative landscape paintings as well as malignant growths. I found that car headlining works very well as a maleable surface to hover between a soft print and a sculpture. Images are melted into the fiber via a heat gun. Nature vs. Artifice: Innocent, beautiful, fantastical, and idyllic worlds. Packaged nature for human consumption while teetering on kitsch and visual indulgence. In the middle two prints a slow accretion toward a black shape occurs-a massing of string among hundreds of pins.

Performance: Knitting on Paper

Sep 25th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

img_2220.JPGMonotrace on a sheet of clear plastic. A knitting mistakes included to create a stretched, torn, and worn fiber mesh feel. Drawing a line is simply the documentation of a performance. The knitted structure is two feet wide and approximately five feet tall. Here, the prints or virtual fiber mesh growths organically as sections are added through time.

Documentation / Studies

Sep 17th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

watercolor021.jpgAn eclectic array of drawings executed in conjunction with the multimedia projects. The drawings are studies of objects, that resulted from my research, and function as a way for their documentation. I focus on the quietude and direct hand-eye coordination when engaging in these pencil or watercolor drawings. More to come as I continue to scan them in. The trompe loeil renderings, especially, allow me to dissect and conceptualize the ideas, images, and things I work with.

Drawing: Pancakes

Jun 16th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

scan61.jpg Alongside the installation, that used dried pancakes to mimic tree fungus, I also drew the yellow, flat, disks. I documented the various stages of the pancakes via detailed sketches leading me to further investigations on food; drawing parallels to scientific research and centrifugal forces. In the United States pancakes are known to be thick, round, and dry. In England they are thin, slightly oiled and taste best rolled up with sugar in the middle. In Egypt they are eaten as a snack, folded in half, deep-fried and soaked in sugar. The creation of a pancake has fascinated me since childhood as I watched my mother make Pfannkuchen.

Collecting and Mapping Residue: Lint Roller Portraits

Jun 13th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

o8.jpgWhenever used, the sticky roll traces its environment and creates an index. It accumulates what washing machines or vacuums have neglected and partakes in the cycle of personal cleanliness. The lint roller’s function, to collect and transfer detritus, is what interest me in them. Perhaps this series is ultimately overshadowed by my other work but ranks amongst my favorite projects conceptually.