Monday, June 19, 2017

Poetics of Dreaming

Dreaming seems to be the poetics of thinking to my mind.  I'm creating an installation using objects, video and fabric here at Running with Scissors (RWS), the home base of my studio.  I signed up for it months in advance but am now realizing July wasn't really the best of months to put it up, as the work for it needs to take place the last two weeks of June, which is also #PortFringe time.  I'm going to install it 1st and 2nd of July, but since I'm away that next week, it won't open until July 17th and will only be up for 10 days.  Hours will be by appointment only (b/c of zoning laws here in East Bayside) with a closing reception on July 27th.

This is Portland's Theatre Fringe Festival that is attracting talent from all over the US to come perform for 2 or 3 shows.  The 1st year it started, I tried to put together a re-mount of the show that my theatre company (#BeyondtheProsceniumProductions) took to Edinburgh back in 1996 - Dancing with Desire: A Poetic Fandango with the Erotic and the Bawdy.  But I was unable to cast it.  Ironically, I was asked this year to act in a show, but the producer lost too many actors and had to bag it.

So instead, I'm doing theatre without actors - or installation art as others call it.  Here's a wiki about it.  It will include the use of fabric, objects and video and be installed in part of the front gallery at RWS.   What I'm really sad about today is that although I'm volunteering Wed night., because of other plans made and work that needs to get done and my general peace of mind, I'm gonna miss the fringe this year.

Here's a little sneak preview of one of the objects that will be in the installation.

Friday, June 9, 2017

What Happened to May?

Not unhappy it's come and gone as it was mostly rainy and cold as memory serves.  But we did have the highlight of my sister coming to visit with her partner Steve for a couple of days... and we got to see Mad Horse Theatre's production of Mr Burns: An Electric Play.  if there is a decent theatre company in your area doing this piece, go see it.

On the very first of June, we drove down to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod with the doggies so I could attend the International Encaustic Conference 11.  It was inspiring and I learned some cool things.  I also learned I really need to vent the fumes from the hot box one works on.  Unfortunately my studio here at Running with Scissors is not on an outside wall, so I'm not sure of what can be done.

And I learned a new way to mount my cell photos that I saturate with encaustic wax from the wonderful Sherrie Posternak.  

She uses RIVETS and then ties to a rod for a hanging tapestry sort of effect.  Brill way of dealing with it.  I will experiment with it hopefully without filling the air with too much toxic debris.  Wasn't that a Frank Zappa song?  No, it was Cosmic Debris.

One of the other things I've done since our return has been to create a very large digital, abstract painting.  Life's Mystery I

And this weekend my nephew Mark is coming for a visit before settling down to his PhD studies at Univ. of Virginia.  He's never had lobster, but says he will try it.  But tonight, it's brats on the grill.  Gotta go make that happen!  Until then, my dear reader.....

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Going to Venice for the Biennial this year?

No?  I'm not either, BUT one of my digital collages will be there as part of a group show via #BostonBiennialIV.  I'm so jazzed as this is the 2nd time I've been included in the show.  Know anyone with a private Jet?  Ask them to email me and maybe I will get to the May 13th opening at ARTIsm3160

More info on the Digital Artists of Maine page on FB.  But for those of you who are not on social media much, I write this blog to share my adventures.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Waxing Onward... Through the Fog

March is just about over, and the news from DC is so dismal I had to do the first in a series of encaustic paintings and my largest one ever! 

and this bad boy is already framed out to  13.75 x 16.75"...  You'll be able to see it up close and personally when Running with Scissors has it's "Spring for Women and Studio Art Sale" event on May 6th.  For deets, click here.   I'm more than happy to split the sales with four very fine groups that serve girls and women. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Painting my Way Out of It

So while this terrible #CircusOfHate is being driven by #Scrotus, I've been trying to channel all the love I can muster and I've been doing more mixed media painting!  Yes, actual painting with acrylics.  Let me present you with "Creationism: Fake Science".

This will be available at the studio here for our May 6th Open Studios.  And I will also have a digital version available for folks who would like prints. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


If you're even a little like me, you've been depressed since the election in November.  That depression seeped into the holiday season making it not quite as jolly as it could have been.  Was hoping for a miracle from the electors, but they apparently want to see this country slide into fascism and didn't have the brass ovaries to do anything about it.  Fine.  Time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.  Maybe it's the new vitamin I'm taking now, but I'm no longer feeling so very tired.  After all, this isn't my first rodeo.  At last night's MLK dinner (hosted by the Portland NAACP), it was the speech of Sherri Mitchell from the Land Peace Foundation that helped to fill me with hope...

And then something happened today which gave me even more hope - a project that I thought had gone south forever, was reborn!  "Some time ago you and I spoke about interest from the Ritz Carlton San Juan in licensing your piece Day at the Beach. While the client had decided that the work was not the proper fit for the lobby space, they are now interested in moving forward with the piece in the corridors."

The piece is one of digital alchemy using an iPod photo as a base, and was shot during a workshop with Elizabeth Opalenik a few years ago.  Thanks again Elizabeth!  And thanks to my beautiful models, Rachael Schwartz and Stephanie Acacia Lasher.  You ladies will be famous at the Ritz!

Day at the Beach (c) Ann Tracy