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.)

Nitpickers, April 2nd extended to June 1st

Mar 27th, 2008 by vanessa | 0

Nitckpickers at Legion Arts | CSPS in Cedar Rapids.


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.


Sep 17th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

dsc00526.jpgIn the basement of the old International Center at the University of Iowa. Car headlining painted, burned, printed, and weathered. Clouds form when the dewpoint of water is reached in the presence of condensation. The Atmosphere is a dynamic system consisting of many types of clouds. At the same time, minerals occur naturally through geological processes. The site of “Cumulus” is warm and moist with a concrete echo that travels through the adjacent rooms.

(Re)Searching Translatability

Sep 17th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

dsc06124.jpgInstallation focusing on the relationships created by smell, food, fungus, and scale. The baked objects, containing flour / detergent / yeast / soap / ramen noodles, are hybrid experiments referencing mad science. They are treated as specimen, dissected, documented, and meticulously labeled to become abject microcosmic dissections. Much like a visual haiku, half a loaf of bread is positioned next to a gigantic fungus.

Various dimensions

Jun 18th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

milkcartonresized.jpgRe-assembled from the architectonic designs of milk cartons after they were printed on different surfaces, such as knitted wool or shop rags. With minimalist fascination, by the angles and planes of intersection, the cartons are translated into two-dimensional prints and sculpted objects. The removal from the carton’s function for consumption, its transference onto cloth and its three- dimensional reconfiguration out of other material, refers to some sort of intimacy, mythology, and Joseph Beuys-like aesthetic.

Wonderbread Prints

Jun 16th, 2007 by vanessa | 0

img_0417.jpgI am interested in the organic flow of thoughts and how one contemplation, during mental meanderings, weaves itself into another. I see my practice analogous to the act of having a conversation where participants start with one subject and meander to another in a creative, free, and organic way. It is similar to the German author W.G. Sebald whose stories undulate through seemingly disparate fictions, facts, memories, and narrative. Within the last two years my work has traversed through bread, fungus, fiber, lint rollers, dust mites, and so on. I glean, record, expose, map, in order to investigate the materiality of things.

Special thanks to jendanderson at printeresting.org for mentioning the prints in her post, January 14th, 2008! http://printeresting.org/2009/01/14/wonder-bread-prints

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.