Pop | New Ballet Pieces

Hello all. I hope everyone is recovering from a joyful holiday season. During our break, we found ourselves doing a bit of decompressing. (Mainly because all of us were sick at some point!)  Once I recovered and got my arty juices flowing again, I spent my time cleaning my studio, researching, and starting on some new work. 

So, on to the new work…our kids are in a couple of different activities. My “studio” time consists of sitting in lobbies or my car waiting for both of our girls to finish their workouts or dance sessions. (Welcome to an artist’s “real life!”) For some reason, the lobby of the ballet studio is super inspiring to me. After sitting and waiting for my daughter to finish her dance class a couple of weeks ago, I decided to embark on a dance project. I’ve loved watching ballet for
years and I even photographed for a ballet company in Orlando, Florida
while I was in photo school. On stage, it’s so beautiful! But behind
stage, it’s a totally different beast. I find myself consistently being
drawn into the juxtaposition of the beautiful against the rough and
unrefined and ballet features that juxtaposition brilliantly. There’s a
very formal presentation on stage, but then there’s the fantastic
backstage grit and grime. 

While I’m playing the part of patient mom, I’m going to be creating. My goal is to introduce an image a week for the next 8 weeks. I have two already, one for each of the weeks we’ve been to the studio in January. Take a look at what I’ve done and check back to see what I’ve been able to create during my creative waits…

Thanks for stopping in…



Pop | New Pieces

I’ve finally let myself go. Not let myself go physically, although I definitely have some room for improvement [smiley face], but finally I’ve let go of the concept that I am a “photographer” and I am really starting to embrace the idea that I am an artist that plays with photography. To many, that may sound a bit strange…aren’t they the same thing after all? Actually, to me they are not. To identify myself as a photographer, I am rejecting the experimental side of my artistic practice. It’s to turn a blind eye to my current work of having others photograph on my behalf for my conceptual art projects. It’s to turn a blind eye to my other body of work where I’m appropriating historic and vernacular images and using those images to create pop art. So here I am, an artists that works with photography…and a bunch of other stuff too.

Here are a few new images I’ve been working with. I’ve found this process to be so fun and exciting that I’ve been creating a new piece almost every day! I love the research I’ve been conducting and I also love the fun playful nature of the images.