Friday, November 26, 2010

New Neckpiece

I have a new piece finished! I haven't titled it yet, but here it is! Each section is made with copper, and has enamel inside with a stone set in each.

I will have more new pieces to post in the next couple of weeks! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Interview on PBS Arizona Art Beat

This week on PBS , Arizona Art Beat did a story about Small Metals - Big Ideas, an exhibition at Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, AZ featuring metal work by ASU graduate students, faculty and graduate alumni. They interviewed Becky McDonah, and a few of the ASU graduate students (including myself) about the exhibition and our work. They also filmed us working in the studio.

Hosted by Ted Simons, here is what Arizona Art Beat says about the segment:

"We explore an exhibit featuring the work of metal artists from Arizona State University’s School of Art. It’s a diverse collection of thought-provoking and, at times, humorous works created using a variety of techniques. We’ll visit the gallery, but we’ll also take you into the studios and minds of the artists. Small Metals – Big Ideas is this week’s focus for our ongoing series, Arizona ArtBeat on Horizon."

Click on the PBS Horizon website if you want to see it!

Monday, November 8, 2010

All Souls Procession

Over the weekend I went to the All Souls Procession in Tucson. It is an annual event that is inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos. Here is a desciption of the history from

The All Souls Procession is perhaps one of the most important, inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America today. The Procession had its beginnings in 1990 with a ritualistic performance piece created by local artist Susan Johnson, who was grieving the passing of her father. Inspired by Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos holiday, Johnson felt she should honor her father in celebration and creativity. The performance was very well received and many artists were inspired to continue growing the Procession into its modern incarnation.

Today we find ourselves organizing over 20,000 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a two-mile long human-powered procession that ends in the finalizing action of burning a large urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed. Inside the event are myriads of installation art, altars, performers, and creatives of all kinds collaborating for almost half the year to prepare their offerings to this amazing event. The All Souls Procession, and now the entire All Souls Weekend, is a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones who have passed.

The lovely Alisha!

Giant jellyfish floating in the sky!

Love it!

Sorry for all the blurry photos! It was hard getting images of a moving procession with no flash! :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Small Metals - Big Ideas

Exhibition coming up this Thursday!

Small Metals - Big Ideas
Night Gallery, at Tempe Marketplace
2000 Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ

There is an opening reception Thursday Nov. 4 from 6-9 pm,
as well as on Friday Nov. 5 from 6-9 pm.

This exhibition features ASU Metals graduate students, alumni and faculty.
(I will have a few pieces in there)

The exhibition will be showing through Nov. 28.
Hope to see you there!