The UJA Hamptons Trunk Show is taking place one day only, on Thursday, August 5th, and I’m so happy to have been selected as a vendor. You must be registered to shop the event. If you haven’t registered already, you can do so here: https://www.ujafedny.org/event/view/hamptons-trunk-show. Once registered, UJA will e-mail you their list of curated participating vendors and their shoppable sites. Then you can simply buy directly from the sites. A portion of the proceeds will support UJA to help those struggling in our communities so you will be shopping for good!
Nook 1. Nook 2. Nook 3. This is where you’ll find me; this is where I’ll be.
June came and went like lightning as summer does. Sculpture this month was as much about tending the outdoor nooks where I sculpt as it was about sculpting roses. Every day you’d find me sculpting roses outside in one of three garden areas I’ve cultivated around the house. While I sculpted, I observed which branches were need of staking, or what bushes were in need of a trim, or which flowers required dead heading. I sculpted flowers while observing flowers. The addition of two Adirondack chairs to our front yard under our 100+-year-old Sycamore created my third sculpting spot. I love this tree, have patted it gently when no one was looking to give it its rightful acknowledgement, but still felt it under-appreciated, so this month spent many hours sitting under it, with our golden retriever, Tucker, sculpting and looking out and looking up. My husband and I also like this new spot for morning coffee. We watch the birds feed at his feeder, which, to my husband’s chagrin, are only finches these days.
I’ve been asked more than once if I’d ever consider creating something not made of roses and expand my artistic expression beyond the form. The answer to that is perhaps someday, but likely, not someday soon! Instead of feeling stifled by the form after so many years, I find myself constantly compelled by it. As with the fresh blooms that come with spring, May proved to be a month ushering in many new artistic ideas, series and materials, as well as marketing opportunities and strategies.
My very first blog. Louise Bourgeois's Femme Maison series immediately comes to mind - a series of paintings and sculptures from the 1940's of women's bodies with houses in place of their heads, a nod (pun intended) to the many hats we can and do wear as women - that of mother, wife, employee, accountant, cleaner, tastemaker, chef, teacher, designer, gardener... I could go on. I've been wearing so many hats for so many years that I've been perpetually frustrated when donning each, thinking to myself as I rush to make a weeknight dinner that is truly nothing special but perhaps arrange it with a tiny bit of flair... If only I had the time and energy to devote myself to all-things-culinary, perhaps I could make a really scrumptious and impressive meal! And so, as I wear each hat fleetingly before quickly trading it for the next, I've been burdened by this dreadful sense of having only achieved mediocrity, never having had enough time to delve, to discover, to truly master. That same sense of longing - for time, space and the opportunity to discover - I've felt most urgently with my art; this burning need within me to create has existed for decades, its own wanting child.
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