#MOMSwork (38 x 68" temporary installation) mixed media
#MOMSwork started with an idea: request friends to take photographs over Memorial Day weekend, 2014 while we gathered in Greensboro, NC. With permission, I collected over 50 pics of people (and pets) sporting sunglasses (the only criteria for submission). I envisioned the funny and informal moments of our weekend as a piece that could illustrate the spirit of "Clinton United" as a community. Beyond the notion of soccer as sport, I imagined capturing the different faces of "Clinton United" connected as #family...parents sharing totes of snacks and drinks with kids, siblings carrying lawn chairs from one game to the next, grandparents pushing strollers of soon-to-be soccer-playing toddlers, and friends feeling good in the company of other friends. Before I knew how to put it all together, I filed these photos as #FACEproject with visions of creating a collection of #sunglasses as one way of looking beyond the rules, regulations, and competitive nature of sports. Why art? ...because I'm not an athlete, I don't get soccer, but I get that good feeling of being with our soccer families.
Between January 2013 and December 2014, I discovered new ways of learning and growing as an artist and teacher via #ufarted. While making my final sketchbook project, REFLECTIONS I thought about a former art student, and this sparked my #ufarted research, "Color, Vision, and Art: Teaching, Learning, and Making Art with Colorblind Awareness." After I defended my Capstone project, I continued to explore the notion of how artists see the world in different ways and how I could share, extend, and build upon my research with others.
Behind the hours spent earning my Masters in Art education (#ufarted), I shared the work of parenting four amazing kids with Ken and balancing the day-to-day details of living, working, and playing. For those who ask about what I do, I sometimes struggle to find just the right words to explain how I got to where I am as an #artist and how I work at home. So, as personal as it gets, I suppose #MOMSwork is a self-study in art and a tribute to #moms (and parents, grandparents, and friends who support moms) who hardly "stay-at-home" to do the work no one else will do. I'm a work-at-home mom by choice and necessity: it's the only way I know how to make art while loving my #family.
Among the many tasks required of my job as a working artist-mother-teacher, I do lots and LOTS of laundry! And as my mind's eye wandered during the monotony of folding clothes, I ended up staring at used #dryersheets. Held captive by irregular strands of translucent white fibers within crinkly, rectangular spaces, I thought about art and how I could somehow curb my nagging thoughts about being...wasteful. Thus began my crush on #upcylceart using #dryersheets and anything else (e.g. color wires from my father-in-law's crate of work supplies, marked up lumber from a dis-assembled bunk bed, an old bathroom mirror ready for the trash, etc.) I could find to re-purpose into meaningful #art, for #arted.
How I prep #dryersheets to use as #upcycleart surface for drawing and painting.