I will be exhibiting my prints along with hand made holiday cards and hand made books!
Ten other artists will be participating, showing hand made jewelry, paintings, accessories, and ceramics! Drinks and snacks provided, and lots of gift opportunities! Support local artists and give something totally unique this holiday!
I'll be participating in a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) show sponsored by Art Outlet. Dia de los Muertos is a time to celebrate and remember our ancestors and friends past, and a happy reminder of our own mortality, a chance to live each day fuller!
Where: Almaz Restaurant
1212 U Street, Washington, DC 20050
1/2 block from U Street metro stop
When: Oct 31 & Nov 1
7:30pm - midnight-ish
Who: Featuring live altars and Dia de los Muertos themed artwork by local artists
Live music from American Skinner (folk rock), Highballers (country),
and DJ Uncle Eric, (electronica)
Make a Sugar Skull with artist Heather Schmaedeke
Dress in costume if you want and be sure to bring an offering to one of the live altars! Drinks available at the restaurant bar, so bring a friend, it should be a rollicking good time!
Please come and bring a friend! Redeem has edgy denim and urban chic clothing for guys and gals, and unique accessories too! Mimosas and Hot Toddies will be served alongside munchies in honor of two very successful years of business! If you haven't checked out Redeem, this is the perfect opportunity!
My artwork is based on personal memories and experiences that effect greater society and myself. By illustrating these memories in the form of wood engravings, events in my past have surfaced and my emotions surrounding the event have become definitive. Because my artwork is narrative, it is best expressed through a printmaking medium whose historical foundations were originally illustrative.
My prints depict memorable events in my life using self-portraiture paired with an animal image representative of a feeling, emotion or occasionally another being. I assign each emotion an animalistic form to better identify and clarify my own feelings, as well as to emote a visceral human reaction. By replacing a human sentiment with a creature, which is believed to have no realm of cognitive emotion, an interesting juxtaposition presents itself. I elevate the beast to a higher status by allowing it to be the emotion. The selection process of the animal is based on my own intuition, although general stereotypes and facts about the animal influence my decision.
By creating a personal narrative using my own image and that of an animal, my feelings surrounding an event become clearer. The small-scale black and white wood engravings, whose inherent illustrative qualities allude to storytelling, prove to be the best mediums to express myself.