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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Liz Sweibel, Untitled (Draft), 2012
Wood, paint, wire (Maysey's studio)
About 1 3/4 x 3/4 x 2 1/2"
I so often want to write here yet am so pressed for time that priorities often have to lie elsewhere.  Still, I want a record of how things are unfolding, for myself and for whoever checks in on me here.

The breakthrough I wrote of five weeks ago continues to evolve - not as a sudden production of latent work, or noticing that work was being made to my left while I was focused on my right, but rather through productive experimentation.  It continues, spurred on by a series of openings and opportunities.

  1. In mid-February, I went to an artist event initiated by Heather Cox, where 20 strong artists talked, ate, looked at each others' work, and talked some more.  It was terrific.  A second event is in the works.
  2. When I walked into Heather's space, I saw a studio was available.  No longer!  I will have space in the Gowanus area starting April 1. It's a big stretch (understatement) in financial terms, but I can't afford not to take it in every other way.  All signs point to this being a good decision for now.
  3. In mid-March I visited my dear friend from grad school, Maysey Craddock, in Memphis, and spent some of our time together working in her studio.  It was exhilirating, and my new studio came through while I was there.  Maysey introduced me to her friend Melissa Dunn and we visited her studio, where nine paintings destined for a museum show and the Golden Mean are in full force.  I also met Terri Jones, whose work feels like extended family.
  4. I'll be exhibiting at the Medicine FACTORY in Memphis in September.  This invitation to do site work propelled me into a way of thinking and looking and ruminating and being that I have so missed; it infects me like nothing else.
  5. A practice that melds with my teaching and other responsibilities arrived.  I have a subway drawing series underway.  When one thing opens, it seems the fences around the rest give way.

Liz Sweibel, Untitled (Draft), 2012
Wood, paint, wire (Maysey's studio)
About 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 3/4"