Sunday, March 27, 2016


Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Diane Rehm Show


Radio Lab

On Being

This American Life

How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

Death, Sex and Money


Spilled Milk

Modern Love

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Slate Culture Gabfest

Post #10, March 27

This semester, Spring 2016, I am posting specific information each week so as to parallel the postings of my senior students. Each week students are required to post three inspiration images, new work and a reading/writing response. 

#1 of 3
Maya Lin installation at Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. 
Folding the Chesapeake

#2 of 3
Maya Lin from Design Boom. Link here.

with an interest in human intervention in the landscape, american artist maya lin considers the earth’s disappearing natural features for her ‘bodies of water’ series. working together with a map company, lin has created a series of seascape sculptures that visualize detailed, underwater topographic information of the red, black and caspian seas. rendered in stratified plywood layers and balancing carefully on pedestals, the large-scale works depict the seas’ scaled volumes as a three-dimensional mass, suggesting that there is more to these natural landscapes than typically meets the eye.

#3 of 3

It was one of the most bitterly disputed public monuments in American history. Only 21 when her design for the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial was chosen in 1981, Maya Lin has never shied away from controversy. Her starkly simple slash of polished black granite inscribed with the 57,661 names of those who died in Vietnam was viciously attacked as “dishonorable,” “a scar,” and “a black hole,” but Lin remained committed to her vision, and the Memorial, a moving tribute to sacrifice and quiet heroism, was built as planned. Since then, Lin has completed a succession of eloquent, startlingly original monuments and sculptures that confront vital American social issues. Freida Lee Mock’s Academy Award® winning feature documentary follows a decade in the life of this visionary artist. Source is PBS, Documentaries with a point of view. Link here.

The drawing Maya Lin submitted for the call to public art for Vietnam Memorial.

New Work:
Still stitching on this red piece. 

Post #9, March 20

This semester, Spring 2016, I am posting specific information each week so as to parallel the postings of my senior students. Each week students are required to post three inspiration images, new work and a reading/writing response. 


#1 of 3
National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. 
Photo of label appears below the art work. 

#2 of 3
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

#3 of 3
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Louise Bourgeois Exhibit

New Work:
Approx. 1.5 x 2 inch area of stitching - red thread on red felt. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Post 8 (Inspiration/Research and New Work)

I am keeping up with my senior students this semester. Posting weekly research and new work. 

Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artefacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.  
Tangible heritage includes buildings and historic places, monuments, artifacts, etc., which are considered worthy of preservation for the future.  These include objects significant to the archaeology, architecture, science or technology of a specific culture.  
Objects are important to the study of human history because they provide a concrete basis for ideas, and can validate them.  Their preservation demonstrates recognition of the necessity of the past and of the things that tell its story.  Preserved objects also validate memories; and the actuality of the object, as opposed to a reproduction or surrogate, draws people in and gives them a literal way of touching the past.  This unfortunately poses a danger as places and things are damaged by the hands of tourists, the light required to display them, and other risks of making an object known and available.  
The reality of this risk reinforces the fact that all artifacts are in a constant state of chemical transformation, so that what is considered to be preserved is actually changing – it is never as it once was. Similarly changing is the value each generation may place on the past and on the artifacts that link it to the past.
Source link here. 

Material Culture/Objects, Daniel Waugh, University of Washington
This essay explores ways to use material objects in the study of history. “Material objects” include items with physical substance. They are primarily shaped or produced by human action, Image of Cointhough objects created by nature can also play an important role in the history of human societies. For example, a coin is the product of human action. An animal horn is not, but it takes on meaning for humans if used as a drinking cup or a decorative or ritual object. Historical sources analyzed as text or images—for example, a legal charter on a piece of parchment or a religious painting—are also material objects, perhaps significant symbolically. The physical existence of a religious image in a dark cave as a “work of art” provides evidence of the piety of an artist or a sponsor. In some societies, before widespread literacy, the content of a legal document may have been less important than its existence as visible “proof” of a claim. Continue to read by going to this link

Looking at Artifacts, Thinking About History, Steven Lubar and Kathleen Kendrick
But they are also important to us as a way to approach the past. Museum Director Elaine Gurian suggests that artifacts provide us a way into history. "Objects, in their tangibility," she writes, "provide a variety of stakeholders with an opportunity to debate the meaning and control of their memories." Artifacts are the touchstones that bring memories and meanings to life. They make history real. Moreover, it is a reality that can and should be viewed from different perspectives. When museums choose not to enshrine and isolate an artifact but instead open it up to new interpretations and different points of view, they provide opportunities to challenge and enhance our understanding of the past. Look at the artifacts on this web site, and around you, as reminders of the complexity of the past. To fully appreciate the complexity of artifacts—and of history—we must not only acknowledge their multiple and conflicting meanings, but embrace them. 
Above is an excerpt. Link to to read more.

Stitching a new piece. Felt, ink and thread.

Finished the silk thread stitching on this piece inspired by maps. Felt, cotton and silk thread. Not sure what my next move is so will let this piece sit for a bit. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Field/Ground, Ice Cube Gallery, 2015

Cornelia Konrads (post #7, inspiration 3 of 3)

Scorched Lemons
Website link here

Saigon, Vietnam (post #7, inspiration 2 of 3)

Source link here. 

Amelia Eldridge, Artist (Post #7, Inspiration 1 of 3)

I ask my senior fine art students to make weekly postings on their blog. I told my students I would do the same. I jumped in at post #5 (a few posts back).

Amelia received her BFA from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida
Link here to Amelia's website.