It's been a busy year, so I'm going to update my blog and fill everyone in on where I have been. This summer I took Tom Bartel's two week session "The Fragmented Figure." At the beautiful Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, (www.penland.org), this was my second time participating in Penland's work study program and I had the opportunity to experience their big annual auction.
The demos focused on hand building figures in multiple pieces. I still being influenced by my recent trip to South Africa decided to reference images from anti-segregation rallies. The most successful of the three pieces I made is the below, "The Rock that Beats Paper."
Although this session brought growth in a physical sense to my work, I still felt dissatisfied pursing political subjects. I returned to New Orleans just in time to loose power for a week to Hurricane Issac. When the power was restored I found an email from Penland, inviting me to come back for the Fall Concentration, Surface Safari, with Jenny Mendes and Shoko Teruyama. Two weeks later I found myself once again heading north for a dream team session.
An image I found on the way home from Tom Bartel's class which humerou
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