In late April, Zoe Hawk, Meredith Lynn, Chris Reno and I held our M.A. show, "First Degree Burns," at the Drewelowe Gallery in Iowa City. Joyce Ho is another second year painter with us and her work was there in spirit.
A small installation of two collections I have; my mom's glasses and my baby shoes. My installation class put together a show of our own "curio cabinets" so this was my piece. Through all the moving I've done and will do, I've gotten rid of a lot of mementos, but will never relinquish these particular things.
After living here two years, I think I'm ready. They say anything grows in Iowa so I've got luck on my side. My friend Heidi Casto and I are diving in and making a garden in my backyard. While digging out the grass, though, it felt like a good opportunity to play around and do what you aren't allowed to when you have a serious yard. I transplanted the uprooted grass from the "bed" into the new "bed" and tried to create a connection between what will be the "controlled" garden to the jungle that is the ravine behind our duplex. I was also thinking about transplanting perfectly good grass for better plants, and the scraping/digging/covering I like to do in my paintings, playing off the shapes I already had and creating new ones with wood from "my kit." I'll update with better pictures as they come, and once this rain stops, we'll be able to plant and then the REAL fun will begin!
A group of us collaborated with people at the University of Iowa Hospital. We had anybody with time and the desire to make a drawing about what brings them hope. Then we made paintings based off of their drawings, collected them into a mural, and now it's hanging for all to see, at the Hospital!!