The devil’s in the details

I am trying to work out all the details for my residency and kicking off the up coming school year for my students. So much planning and so much happening simultaneously. The devil’s in the details.

Detail from a painting I did in May. I love painting translucent things. I found this bottle at a junk shop. I love how the light reflects and refracts off the bottle. Details.

I have been reading to prepare for my residency (seriously, I don’t want to appear as totally clueless as truly I am to discuss art). Admittedly, the reading is slow going. I still have to decide on between 10-15 images to take on a thumb drive to present to all the faculty and my peers. This makes me cringe everything I think of it! Also, I have to figure out what 4 wet paintings I want to pack to show for the critique portion of the residency. This really causes the sweat to drip. I submitted my exhibition plan a few weeks ago. No turning back now.

As for teaching in the fall my room is almost ready. I still have to take in the plants and animals that reside there the other 10 months of the year. My colleague helped me prepare my classroom layout in a different way this year. I am so pleased with this new arrangement. I still have many loose ends to tie up before school starts. The seating charts, the notecards, posters, and decorations. I could go on and on. So many details.

I did make a couple of fun posters for my science class. I hope I can get them printed and in poster frames before school starts. So silly but totally aligned to the state biology standards.

That being said I am ashamed to admit I haven’t painted much lately. I have still been creating but mostly digit work. Here is a sampling of some of the my latest creations in PhotoShop. I am the must proud of the logo for the jr. Audubon Society of Clarksville, Official Pollinator Pal. So fun!

Thank you so much for following my art progress.

My best,
Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

Remember Reflect Reform In this work, I have been exploring phenomena of memory augmentation. I experimented with reflections and cinematic images by juxtaposing photographs, paint, wood, and mylar. The direction of the work includes painting intimate, reflective, observations of augmented memories.  I began by building a cabinet of curiosities as a way to form a tableau painting and experiment with different media. Inspired by the relief paintings by artist Sally Han, I built a model of a Victorian cabinet using tenets of Darwin's theory of evolution. I painted on a variety of surfaces including wood, photographs, and adding raw lumber to the pieces. In this process, I disassembled the cabinet to give autonomy to each piece. Although I diverted from the original idea of a final installation, there was an impulse to paint larger. Adding mylar was yet another way to accentuate reflection as a part of the critical dialogue with the work. The final result offers an opportunity to remember, reflect, and reform.

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