She always gives…

        The Red Blood Queen knows no bounds; alluring, wanting, longing and giving

 

        “OPEN, SESAME” – blood Queen at the Florence Biennale

                  The Blood Queen titled “OPEN, SESAME”


love knows all

Hi everyone,

With Mandela gone our spirit must continue his work for healthy prosperity, good will and justice for everyone. We will be mourning a long time for sure. Little to big experiences all matter and make us whole and filled within each of our communities. I know I am pretty proud to be a part of mine at home in Montpelier, Vt. Let’s keep sharing the love. I have some happy news to report- I received 5th place for my installation at the Florence Biennale. 450 artists, from all over the world exhibiting all over this beautiful city. Amazing! thanks to all the support of my donors and friends, I am truly blessed!

Below are several pics of the installation. I will post 2 videos of its robotic hand; an alluring feature of it asap.

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the human heart

Award Winning Blood Queen Love


UPDATES ON “OPEN SESAME”

OPEN SESAME -DECONSTRUCTED

OPEN SESAME -DECONSTRUCTED

A view of the back, dyed calico, designed collar-vest, and chain links that are still unfinished.

pen Sesame- back side view

Open Sesame- back side view. The tulle shirt here is so fine.

Open Sesame- sheer layer
Open Sesame- sheer layer of tulle with top or 4th layer of Jacquard vest

 

 

 

 

Chain Links-start

a close- up of Chain Links- a start and will add more over the course of the week

 

 


SEEING THE CRINKLES

SCRUNCHED

SCRUNCHED, crinkled and fresh

Anyone want to share a story about skin? Amazing what pigs, sheep, cows, minks, raccoons, wild cats and reptiles etc go through to allow us their beautiful furs, wools and hides. The sacrifice and purpose animals fulfill for us…

SCRUNCHED full view

SCRUNCHED bottom view

Crinkled and fresh offers a strange juxtaposition and one that perhaps might be fitting here in the first photo, but not when we think of aging. I love this idea of loose and old skin which I remember lovingly from my mama. Draped by skin, the aging attire. Not a desirable feature for most of us, but thinking of wrinkles and crinkles in ‘skin’ situations is still testimony of lived life. We’ll see if I can transform this cloth into looking more like innards tho, still has some way to go yet…

SCRUNCHED FULL VIEW

SCRUNCHED FULL VIEW

‘OPEN, SESAME’ as a whole is moving along, making decisions, pushing through experiments and phases and can now begin final garment construction. I am building my fundraising platform with USA PROJECTS which should be off the ground and running in a week. All is good!


PUMP MAGIC- some research in the flow

Interior mapping of the body

Interior mapping of the body

 

The drawing below came from looking at Mike Chamberlain’s metal sculptures. I am searching for form. The following images here bounce around in a non-sequential order.

BULBOUS

BULBOUS

FIRST DRAWING FOR HEART PROJECT

Tentacles and feelers starting to span out…extending and unending…

Chamberlain sculpture with heart collage

Chamberlain sculpture with heart collage

Above is a cut out of a metal junk Chamberlain sculpture with a collaged heart in its upper region.

I started some visual research for constructing my sculpture that is going to the Florence Biennale. I started these at Central Saint Martins a few weeks agO. They are all fairly abstract and pull from different matter. It is interesting to discover how much editing and experimenting is required before one nails the right direction. The flow is pumping and I shall get there. Chamberlain’s work has this wonderful way of being both abstract and figurative at the same time. The compression of metal makes me think of the compression of innards and junk we all have in our body, yet through this crazy corporeal architecture our heart beats away.

My heart  project is titled “OPEN SESAME” the phrase from Alibaba and the 40 Thieves…I am drawn to this because  our hearts open when we speak to our inner treasures, which is an individual response to who we are. I think it is worth reflecting on what opens our inner world up, especially since the heart has many chambers…

HOW VASCULAR

HOW VASCULAR

RESEARCH DRAWING FOR MY HEART PROJECT

RESEARCH DRAWING FOR MY HEART PROJECT

 

I am actually more intrigued by hearing some of your heart stories and experiences whether they are scary, sad or joyful. Sometimes I think we really feel from our hearts when a drastic crisis hits and less so from when we are aroused by beauty in some way. Where do we feel in our body when joy happens? Must be a word for that …’Pump magic’ – when the heart speaks…

 

PLEASE SHARE!

 

 


OPEN SESAME- Florence, Italy project this winter’13

A work in progress that references the power of the heart.

A work in progress that references the power of the heart.

Recently I was in London, UK studying at Central Saint Martins. I took a course called CUTTING EDGE DESIGN which involved constructing a wearable conceptual garment from a dress form to then a person/model. It was challenging, we were encouraged to be ambitious and original and I made a great start. My project for this course is about the mystery of the human heart as an incredible engine that beats like a drum incessantly until we pass into another form, life or state of being. I am not only intrigued by the heart’s  relentless charge as a pumping mechanism,  but also how it balances with instability when compromised from the thrust of power through the hearts chambers. We contain and control an immense amount of apparent chaos and flow throughout our bodies. I think scientific research needs to view the heart as more than a device of suction and pressure and more as a kind of brain that responds to who we are as emotional and spiritual centers. After all it is in the central area of our upper body. And perhaps science does more than I know. But my current impression is that we keep trying to find emotional connectivity to living in our ‘brains’ instead. My perception and thinking might be medieval I admit but  I will research more and fill you in. Still one must admit as a species of Nature we are remarkably strong and delicate at the same time.

"OPEN SESAME"- a project about the 'oozing of the heart'.

“OPEN SESAME”- a project about the ‘oozing of the heart’.

The Red fabric here explodes and flows like a gushing river of blood
The Red fabric here explodes and flows like a gushing river of blood

 

Exploring fabric and concept in a wearable garment

Exploring fabric and concept in a wearable garment

This has a long way to go as my research deepens and expands on the magnificence of the human heart and our visual form. Like all projects that have to travel, in my case to the Florence Biennale, expenses accumulate which calls for fundraising this fall. In my next post I will share some of my drawing research and process of construction. STAY TUNED!