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There is this local photgraphy contest that I participated in last year. it's called the Essence Of Bellingham Photo Competition. I thought I would enter it again this year. To simplify the selection process for myself I searched through images only from January - April of 2017. I had over 40 images that struck me in one way or another, and then selected my 10 submissions from that. The focus theme was neighborhoods. I had luckily had a few treks into the York Neighborhood that seemed to be a good fit. Since I live in the country now I observed what brought me into the city these last months. I love the quirk, eclectic charm of Bellingham, WA
I recently submitted these three collages to a gallery's juried call for art - the theme is "Wild Cut"
In the past I have gotten really nervous when submitting art, not sure why.
personal sabotage? intimidated? fear of the competition?
a fellow artist once said to me... don't sweat it, just enter,don't fuss too much, and let it go. there will always be calls for art, and the worst that they can say is no. however, if they say yes - your efforts are rewarded by having exposure at a gallery. the wish of every artist.
and so, in the spirit of not over thinking it...
I entered with this artist statement:
When I began to collage I used scissors. I believe that doing so was an assertion of control. Once comfortable in the medium I started to tear. I found that tearing offered a freedom, and an unexpected expression. Scissors lost their place. Over time my collage work became a narrative of my day to day. I was the victim of bullying this year. Coming to the other side of that experience I found I could not tear. I was compelled to use scissors. I found the exacting of scissor use very reassuring. I also found the work I produced to example an inner strength and resolve that I needed to know at the time.
( I’ve got this. I’ve got my back.At my heart’s core – I am strong. You can’t mess with me)
( he was not having anything to do with my version of the circumstance)
( the consequence of all of this could land me homeless )
Excited to share that Lenny's Bike Shop in Ferndale, WA has a gallery wall that is now hosting these three collages!! Since my son is into cycling I like that my work is hanging it that environment. My work is currently being curated by an enthusiastic student named Jody - from WWU - it's impossible as an artist to know and process and or have time to submit to all the potential places to hang their art. I am delighted that Jody has taken a particular interest in my work. I am looking forward to working with him.
1. and then she cried
3. zippered up
I snapped a few photo's of Goldsmith Designer Sacha Bliese's studio when we first met.
I then had the wonderful opportunity to see Sacha creating while on Bellingham's April Art Walk.
plus a few captures of the studio:
Sacha and her studio mate and partner/painter Nathan Lough were both in active create mode that evening.
Sacha was really taken by several of my narrative images and purchased them from me to use for her marketing. I like the authentic in action tone of these.
I especially like this shot:
Sacha And Nathan are both part of a small collective of artists/studio's that are in the Studios Above The BAAY
Another artist in the building was the lovely block printer Jesse Larsen.
(Block Print by Jesse Larsen)
suffice to say that this was one of those first spring evenings where the temperature and the stretch of brightness into the end of the day confuses you, and you start a crazy ambitious task of making in the kitchen at like 7. On this particular evening I made a nettle pesto, a chocolate cream for one, a batch of stove top granola and because i was starving I also made these asian cabbage rolls. I amused myself and took images of all that I made, but the cabbage rolls really photographed well so I thought i'd have today's blog post be about them. I am not trying to make this space become a cooking/recipe space. I just think the photo narrative works in this circumstance.
I could not get enough of my back door being wide open ( flies are not in full force yet ) and laughingly, I took two very similar images of this little blue vase obviously because of the way the light was shining through it. I crack myself up.
And then, to have the entire evening be sent off with a visual kiss from the universe - there was this remarkable sunset. With clouds outlined in golden light. Gorgeous.
I had so many dishes to do - it wasn't even funny.
asian cabbage roll recipe
asian cabbage rolls - these were amazing. preheat oven 400 degrees. rinse 8 cabbage leaves and boil for 3 minutes. transfer to a bowl of ice water, remove then dry. in a skillet heat 1 T of oil, 1 teas of garlic and ginger - fresh grated ginger, add 1 shredded carrot and 1 shredded zucchini - add 4 fried eggs ( i did those separately ) add 1/4 cup green onion. lay out cabbage leaf add veggie/egg mixture and roll - brush with oil - bake for 25 minutes. top with soy sauce, toasted sesame seeds and more green onion. note: i steamed mine vs baking.
Photography = a never ending opportunity to capture visual celebrations.