Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fall in Love With Art 2015

So in my last blog post I wrote a little about getting dis-engaged. I decided to sell my ring and use the proceeds to fund a fun photo shoot at Vavoom Pinups to promote my February open studio.

In spite of everything, I am still a romantic at heart. Valentine's Day has a certain allure. I once again found myself inspired to have another special event. What can I say? I look forward to it each year, and so do my Barbies.

Last year, Nikki was dating 3 guys. This year she chose to settle down with one of them. His name is Darren.

Fall in Love With Art 2015


Fall in Love With Art 2015


Fall in Love With Art 2015



Fall in Love With Art 2015


Fall in Love With Art 2015


Midge and Ken are still together.  They are both enjoying the new art in the gallery's collection.

Fall in Love With Art 2015


Fall in Love With Art 2015


Fall in Love With Art 2015


Fall in Love With Art 2015


Fall in Love With Art 2015




All the mini artwork in the gallery is available for purchase exclusively at my studio. Maybe I will see you there.


Fall In Love With Art
410 S. Michigan
Studio 632F
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, February 13th, 2015
5 - 9 p.m.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Requiem for a Wedding Dress

If you've been following this blog for a while, you probably know that this is the time of year when I do a retrospective post about all the shows I've seen and all the art I've made over the past 360-something days. But I'm not doing that this year. It's been too disappointing. And I don't just mean disappointing because I didn't sell nearly as many books as I had hoped, or because my solo shows weren't as well attended as I wanted them to be, or because I keep losing e-mail list subscribers, or even because nobody came to save two of my paintings from being chopped up by a big dude with an axe. All of those things taken together are quite disappointing.

But the greatest disappointment of all, perhaps the single greatest disappointment in my life so far, happened two weeks ago with the end of my very, very long engagement.


pissed off ex-bride


All I could see was negative space around everything, a space where our relationship used to be but is no longer. Over the past two weeks I have cycled through periods of devastation, anger, and hopefulness about the possibility of falling in love with someone new.

The first thing that made my anger and devastation subside was making the decision to destroy my first wedding dress.


wedding dress sketch 1
A sketch of my wedding dress, circa 2002


That's right, I had more than one. That's what happens when you're engaged for 13 years. I bought my first dress with my employee discount when I worked at Nordstrom in 2002. It was on the clearance rack in the juniors department. It went out of style a few years later and I decided to get another dress. Meanwhile, it had become a big sparkly albatross in my closet.

So I contacted my friend the Axe Man, Allen Vandever, about destroying my wedding dress at the December Rescue or Destroy event at Fulton Market Kitchen. Allen said he thought it would be a very powerful piece. He said he could put the dress on a mannequin. I liked the idea. As the week went on, I kept listening to music. It was the only thing that helped me. I had thought about having No Doubt's "Simple Kind of Life" playing while Allen Destroyed the dress. And then I rediscovered a song I had wanted to cover anyway, "Peter Gunn" by Sarah Vaughan. So I rehearsed it and sent  Allen a video of myself singing it. Allen came up with a brilliant idea: I would wear the dress and he would cut it off me while I sang. I loved the idea, but was worried there could be a wardrobe malfunction.

Then I thought about my third wedding dress. (See what happens when you have too much time to plan these things?) It's really a slinky white evening gown, and I bought it because I had planned to perform a special song during the reception. I realized that I could wear it underneath the big poofy dress. I decided that I would call my performance "Requiem for a Wedding Dress."  It was probably the craziest thing I have ever done. It was also the single most cathartic experience I have ever had.

You can see the performance here:

video

*Big thanks to my friend Kevin Mitchell Nelson for filling in at the last minute when the house band got sick and wasn't able to perform. Also, I would like to thank my friends who came to see the performance. I appreciate your support.


Frozen Bride
digital photograph
2011
12" x 18"



The time has come for the Frozen Bride to thaw.
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