Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Woman's Body & The House

The House/Home is an extension of the woman's body. Woman are usually the caregivers of the home, we cook, clean, decorate and raise our children there. Usually spending many more hours in the house then our partners/husbands do. So as I grow older, I've thrown caution to the wind and what was a suggestion of the woman's figure before (pregnant bellies, breasts and curves) have become more obvious and playful. Sometimes bosoms appear in the front of my 3D house contructions, other times they are hidden else where on these wooden house constructions. I encourage viewers to move around the houses, becoming active participants in looking at these Luscious Houses. This is like the game of "Hide & Seek."

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Altered Books - Houses Popping Up

Working on my artist book for the upcoming exhibit at MAP in  Eastworks, Easthampton. I'm having fun combining a box book with a small house construction. They speak to each other, the title is "Trashy Novel" Altered Books, curated by John Landino opened this weekend, April 9 with a performance and warm reception. 
Trashy Novel, Mixed Media on wood construction

Monday, February 22, 2016

Costa Rica with My Sister

Toucan on our balcony Hotel Parador, Manuel Antonio
It been a long time since I visited Costa Rica, over 25 years. It's beauty still enchants me and I rediscovered it's gifts with my sister who lived there for a time...
Annie & Amos at Manuel Antonio Nat'l Park
On our balcony Manuel Antonio

Some of the highlights were discovering Arenal Volcano with it's cascading hot springs with waterfalls and tropical surroundings. Also we rediscovered the beauty of Manuel Antonio and the beach in the National Park with it's jungle down to the water.The founders of Costa Rica in their infinite wisdom, made a rule that you could not develop within 150 meters of the beach, so the jungle comes right down to the water, as well as the wildlife. One of our favorite places to visit was the "Doctor's Beach" in Manuel Antonio National Park, where white headed capucin monkeys visited at our blanket and on our balcony. There was a blue rope over the road to our AirBnb for the breakfast and dinner run. The howler monkeys also scampered across our roof to the fruit trees in the back yard. How's that for nature at your doorstep?

My sister and our dear friend Amos Bien, started the oldest and purest Rain Forest Preserve Rara Avis over 30 years ago in northern Costa Rica which has a spectacular waterfall. This is a tour for the adventurous spirit with over 300 different varieties of birds in this virgin rain forest.

Annie at Manuel Antonio
Amos & Me
Footprints on the beach, Doctor's Beach Manuel Antonio