The title betrays itself: I’m in the final stretch of my program, paddling wildly upstream yet miraculously gaining ground despite the resistance built into this time of the year. I’ve already given my thesis proposal (different from defense); the tone and tenor of my practice is starting to settle into a mission statement instead of a crazy quilt. I’ve even started making thesis work: Depersonalization as Escape Behavior is the first in a series that reflects on the internalization of mental health made external, titled The Psychodynamic Sequence. And it’s only coming quicker after that: a performance in March at our annual Open Studio Night, with Commencement following in May.

To reflect all this chaos (and, to my gratitude, solidification), the portfolio’s undergone a big update. Not only has my latest project been uploaded, but so has – for the first time in two years! – my artist statement and contact information, as well as a lovely new portrait in my biography. (Thank you, Rik Sferra.) New to the website is my growing arts writing portfolio, which I’ve been chipping away on over the past two years and will be growing in the next months. So many lovely things to share with you all; I hope you find them enjoyable, especially as I start preparing myself to step out of this cocoon and into a wider artistic world.

New work!

Why dress up what’s being presented: I’ve uploaded new work in the portfolio, which shows the breadth of discovery I’ve been undergoing this year. I’ll probably have a more thoughtful post on this later, but for now, you can see that I’m going beyond painting and into all sorts of weird twists and turns – sound work, performance, and explorations into alternative narrative. It also explains the little radio that keeps on popping up across platforms; Public Service Confessional is the newest of my works and, perhaps, the most exciting to me even a month after its presentation. I’ll write on it more in-depth later, but the blurb I have on its project page speaks well for itself at present.

Non-sequitur: the Big Cartel shop has been burning up with orders! Thank you to everyone who’s made a purchase to my humble little corner of the Internet thus far, and please feel free to pass along thoughts, delights, pleasures, etc. to your friends, my e-mail box, or wherever you may seem fit. It’s been such a wonderful experience to see what’s beloved and what isn’t thus far, and I hope that everyone’s purchases live up to their wildest dreams and delights. There’s something about selling work that puts a little spring in your step, so thank you very much for putting it there.

Less business and more pleasure next post – I’m thinking that I need to talk talismans again.

New year, new blog.

Hi, everyone! Behold, my Christmas gift to myself: a portfolio facelift and a server move. (I know, I know: my heart’s racing too as I tell you of such scintillating news.) Although the last iteration of my portfolio was very lovely, with a semester of graduate school in the books and it felt like a new look might behoove this new chapter in my life. You know, like getting a haircut after a bad break-up or something, except instead of haircut it’s “new CSS” and we can go ahead and replace “bad break-up” with “wonderful yet challenging whirlwind of transformation after transformation.” (Not to get all uncharacteristically jubilant and starry-eyed about the entire production, but I rather like graduate school. Let that go on the record.)

Sadly, all blog posts from Ye Olde Studio Blog are not here, but I don’t think it’s necessarily for the worst. It’s only been within the past few months that I actually know what I want to talk about here, so it’s a bit of a celebration of clarity that I have this new, cleaner, tidier version of my content for the internet to enjoy. That’s really what this facelift is about: a tighter, denser, more controlled packaging of my practice as I start to pare down my foci. As anyone who has ever walked into my studio or has been in a critique of my work can attest, this is something I need to work on in the new year. Having a new canvas for the opportunity makes it all the easier.

So cheers – here’s to 2015. I’m excited to share it with you in all sorts of ways.