Unity of Opposites

From Zea Mays Printmaking’s website:

It all started with a quote (which will be revealed at the opening reception)

Two artists, one from Zea Mays Printmaking and another from the Peregrine Press (Portland, ME), created prints inspired by the quote. Once completed, the two prints were sent to another three artists from each of the organizing studios, those six prints to 19 other artists until 75 artists had responded to each other over the course of five months. Each new “generation” of artists made their original print inspired by anything from the previous generation’s pieces, be it a subject matter, mood, color, the quality of a line, or a combination of many aspects of the pieces.

The final 75 prints will be exhibited at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, MA. from October 4 – 30, 2016 with a reception on October 14, 5-8 PM and again at the Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery at Maine College of Art in Portland, ME. from February 1 – March 4, 2017 with a reception on February 3, 5-8 PM.

10.09.201610.09.2016 studio at The Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

10.09.201610.09.2016 Hoosac Tunnel

10.08.201610.08.2016 Always stuffing stuff that can be stuffed.




I started my 2 week residency at The Studios at MASS MoCA last Friday.

Silent Auction

can’t win ’em all

01.23.2016 Meant to make yogurt ended up with a light cheese.






A gentle reminder that Take A Seat! opens this Wednesday January 27, 5-7 PM.

Take A Seat!

University Museum of Contemporary Art

UMASS Amherst

January 28 – February 28, 2016

Opening Reception – January 27, 5-7 PM

Fundraising Party and Silent Auction – February 28, 5-7:30 PM



100 Ways to Consider Time

01.17.2016 Day 64 – Marilyn Arsem at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


On the day I went to see Marilyn Arsem at the MFA she was building a wooden self perpetuating clock.  While she worked at the desk she would ask for a volunteer to sit in the chair next to her. The volunteer would read from a book on John Harrison, his clocks, and the invention of his marine chronometer. The completed pendulum hung on the wall behind her.

The setting for the piece was in a white cube gallery seated in the Contemporary Art Wing of the MFA. One knows they are in a museum. But it was a different experience when you entered the gallery that Arsem has been inhabiting for the last couple of months.The minimal set up of a desk, two chairs, and a floor lamp were pushed to the back corner of the space across from where one entered. Even though it was sparse I thought it felt cozy watching and listening to the two performers under the floor lamp working on their tasks. My brain may have forgotten where I was exactly for a little bit.

Arsem is doing a different performance every day of her 100 days at the MFA. When she is not able to be physically present a recording of her voice plays in the space. The clock construction is the only performance that has spilled over into multiple days due to the 140 steps it takes to build the clock. The book changes for each day the clock is worked on.

“I consider performance art as both a context and a process. It is a dialogue with time, materials, physical space,and other people. It is an opportunity to engage in embodied thinking and make use of all my senses. I use performance to challenge my assumptions, to ask questions, to examine ideas through different lenses, to test my limits, to explore new realities, to experiment with processes whose outcomes I can’t always predict, and to take risks in a context that is framed and contained within real life.” – Marily Arsem (artist statement)


-I learnt that graphite (particularly HB or softer) is used as a lubricant in wooden clocks.

-I love being read out loud to and watching people build things.


Flora and Fauna for a Home (restraint)


Flora and Fauna for a Home (restraint)


The University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s UMCA (University Museum of Contemporary Art) has turned 40. Take A Seat! is and exhibition and silent auction of chairs modified by local artists and designers to benefit the museum and its programing.

“Flora and Fauna for a Home (restraint)” is the chair that I did. You can see it this month at the Northampton branch of the UMASS 5 College Credit Union. The show at UMCA is January 27 – February 28, 2016.



Gifts Galore


04.28.2014 from BZ

04.29.2014 in my neighbor’s driveway

04.29.2014 at work with JV

04.29.2014 Big E’s

04.30.2014 flannel scrap butt wipes, all part of new nesting impulses

05.01.2014 plate prepping

05.03.2014 A World of Glass I could have stayed in there all day

05.04.2014 Window at Feeding Tube Records


I got to see the Nick Cave show at the ICA in Boston just before it closed, whew. The sound suits, as always, were amazing. I can’t believe how tall some of them are growing.

I hadn’t seen the pieces from the “Rescue” series before. The dogs on their plush chairs in their ornate grottos nearly did me in. I have been in those spaces, I will grow old and be in those spaces. They scratch at a place in my brain that is so funny and dead sincere.


Josh and I went for our 20 week ultrasound to see how the baby is doing. The technician called it a little stinker because it would not let her get a good look at their face.  Much like its parents.

Ultrasounds live and in person of babies are wild. I have seen so many pictures from ultrasounds I naively thought that it would be a cut and dry affair. The image kept morphing and body parts would appear and then recede into darkness, the spine would rise up at the top of the uterus and slide away. Sometimes the image was so cute and sometimes it was terrifying. Are you suppose to say terrifying? The baby would hide its face against the placenta or its hand would swish from its face to its feet. Its heart was the thing I could see the best.