10 Taxidermy - What can I say, I'm still a biology nerd at heart. This has been a curiosity of mine since I was young. The process gives you an increased respect for life and there's something powerful about taking a being apart and putting it back together. It was always so mysterious and I never thought I'd have the opportunity to do it, but thanks to the fact that taxidermy has become so popular, there are many chances to try it out. Thanks to my friends Bonnie and Melissa for being partners in this adventure.
9 Art 21 Conference - Attended a 2-day conference in NYC, Creative Chemistries: Radical Practices for Art + Education, with my good friend Merill Comeau. We listened to talks and participated in activities facilitated by Mark Bradford, Mary Mattingly, Oliver Herring, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Mark Dion and many more. It opened my eyes to many facets of teaching and social justice.
|One of my uncles, Lonnie Charles Isbell, who is never too far from his garden.|
|Granny with her mother and half sisters. I learned about many of the twists and turns in our lineage.|
|First two reading group meetings were up on my deck where everything seems possible.|
6 Mentoring - I've had the rewarding experience of working with several artists most notably an MFA candidate from Lesley University. My student is an ambitious, smart, engaged and talented painter who is exploring data based work and transforming it into sculpture and installation. It's been an inspiration, privilege and gift to work with and learn from her with lively discussions about material, process and art history.
|We are having too much fun.|
|Many meaningful conversations were had around this very busy and productive work table|
|Free time spent socializing out on the porch while learning about felting and other handwork techniques.|
|Adria and me at our pop-up exhibition. WHACK!. Photograph by Will Howcroft.|
|Just another beautiful October morning in my studio at Weir Farm Art Center.|
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I wish for us all to make it to the new year with sound heart and sound mind though the current atmosphere in the world says otherwise. I take solace in my family, friends and extended communities who are all working hard and thriving in their lives and careers. I am proud of, and grateful for, all their love and support without which nothing would be possible.
Happy New Year to All!
|We lost our beloved Sancho last year, the year of the snow.|
He was a crazy guy and will be forever in our hearts.