Friday, December 28, 2012


It has been a super busy month for me.  I am in the process of cleaning out my apartment since I will most likely be moving out by the end of February or April.  I have been working a ton at TJs to make a dent in my loans.   And I have been trying to make big life changing decisions. scares me but this little birds gotta fly!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Taking Down Chicago's 12 at the Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago's Twelve at the Garfield Park Conservatory has ended after 4 months of being on display.  I took my work down last week.  Monsanto's Genetically Modified Seeds was my first adventure with outside sculpture.  When I made the piece, I was so afraid that it would fall apart or fall over.  Two days after I installed it at the Conservatory there was a super windy, rainy, thunderstorm.  I was convinced the piece would be ruined for the opening reception.  But amazingly enough it never fell over or apart.  Instead, it has been super hard to take apart now that the show is over!

Only issue was a little condensation in the corn and beets jars because the clay had not dried all the way.

Why won't you come apart?!

I have taken the pieces off the stand so that I can now display them inside on a wall.  I will have to do a good deal of scrubbing and cleaning but they should be good for display when I am done!

As for the plushies from Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables, some look just like they did the day I made them, while others are faded or rusty.  But I have my ways to fix them!

Thank you to the Garfield Park Conservatory, Sergio Gomez, the artists and the viewers!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Website!

After weeks of hard work, I have completed my new website!  Check it out!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Window Display at Roman Susan!

Yesterday I installed my artwork in the window at Roman Susan in Rogers Park, right off the Loyola train station.  It was such a fun and creative space to install in!

1224 W. Loyola Ave.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Atomic Sketch

Yesterday, Jacob and I went to Atomic Sketch at the Green Eye Lounge in Bucktown.  Artists come to make artwork and post it on the walls to sell.  It's a lot of fun!

My little chicken and Jacob's misunderstood fellow.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Golden Yolk

Golden Yolk, 14 x 14 inches, fabric and string

Inspired by the yolks from the Wormfarm Institute's Hens who were free to roam all day and eat all the bugs and greenery they could find.  You won't find a yolk like this in the grocery store no matter how "cage free" they say they are.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Yarn Egg

Made with the golden yarn I bought back in Reedsburg, Wisconsin that is the color of the egg yolks from the hens at Wormfarm.

View from the side, it comes out 6 inches from the wall.

Sewing with Eeyore.

Soulful Sewing.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dried Lotus and Egg

I finished the dried lotus and hope to do more.

Work in progress of an egg inspired piece. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wormfarm Speech at The American Academy of Art

Yesterday I gave my speech about my time as an artist-in-residence at the Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.  It was a ton of fun to share my photos and experience with everyone.  I loved seeing my teachers and fellow students.  Thank you to all who came!

I did a lot of chicken talk.

Thanks Mr. Kennedy for the photos and thank you to Lindsay Harmon and The American Academy of Art for inviting me!  And thanks to Mr. Scribner for the organic cabbage from his garden!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rooster Poster!

Thanks to an awesome fellow American Academy of Art student who made this super rad poster for my speech tomorrow!  Can't wait to find you and thank you!

Speaking at the American Academy of Art about my residency at The Wormfarm Institute

Tomorrow I will be speaking at The American Academy of Art (the college I graduated from in 2011) about my experience as an artist-in-residence at The Wormfarm Institute.  It will start at 1:05pm in the Bill L. Parks Gallery.

332 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

I can't wait to tell everyone about Honey!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dinner and Friends!

The other night our friends Andy and Abby came over for dinner.  I made Naan from scratch, Thai Curry and Coconut Butternut Squash Soup, and Daal.  It was an awesome night with great friends and food.  I love feeding people!

I always love the scraps from after making dinner.  This summer I tried to make paintings out of them but it never worked out because the actual scraps were more interesting than the paintings.  So finally I thought to make sculpture out of them and I love the result.  The sculpture is made up of a dried chili stem, zucchini stem, 2 butternut squash stems, squash seeds, and a garlic skin.  Scraps from dinner the other night!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Falcon and Me

I have been working full time at my job that pays the bills.  Finding time to make art is my new challenge with this new schedule.  So I am making a promise to myself to make something small each day until I feel ready to make something "big" again.  

I purchased a used bike from a friend back in August and have rode it everyday since.  I live in Rogers Park which is 9.6 miles from my work one way.  No matter the weather, I ride my bike and it has given me a new sense of independence and strength.  Sometimes I ride the lakeshore path.  Late at night I turn my head to check out the glowing moon over the crashing waves!

The Falcon!  We go where ever we please.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Work in Progess - Dried Lotus

There is quite a bit more to be done, but here is what I have so far.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Chicago's Twelve Panel Discussion

This past Wednesday was the Panel Discussion with 6 of the Chicago's 12 artists at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  

I was so happy to see my first outdoor sculpture, Monsanto's Genetically Modified Crops still standing strong and hopefully bringing some awareness that Monsanto exists.

I checked out my other piece, Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables.  These pieces have been up since August 9th and will be on display till December 9th.  

The panel included, from left to right, Yva Neal, N. Masani Muhammad, Victoria Fuller, myself, Jason Brammer, and Vivian Visser who is not in the photo.

It was a great discussion and I hope to do more of these in the future!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Farm Friday at Midnight Sun Farm

This may have been my last day farming at Midnight Sun Farm.  The season is winding down and there isn't quite as much to do.  Today we harvested beets, carrots and turnips.

Dill gone to seed.

Turnips!  I ate all the blemished ones that weren't ok for market....mmm.  Sweet and crunchy.

Thank you Nick and Becky for a great season at Midnight Sun Farm!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Panel Discussion: Chicago's Twelve at the Garfield Park Conservatory

Next Wednesday, October 24 at 6pm there will be a panel discussion with Chicago's Twelve (that includes me!) at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  We will be discussing our work.  This event is free to the public!

Below are the two pieces I made for the Garfield Park Conservatory that are on display through December 9th.

Monsanto's Genetically Modified Crops

Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables