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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Small Spaces Lafayette

I have been asked to contribute a few works around town, in particular on boarded up/ overlooked areas around town. Below is the first completed piece. I created this piece with consideration to surrounding shapes and patterns with the intention of drawing attention to not only the piece, but the area surrounding it. To see other artist work and follow the project click here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Spaces Between - Now up in Bloomington, IN

Here are a few installations shots my current solo show "Spaces Between" now at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center through August 28th, 2014.  Feel free to stop by and take a look for yourself!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Spaces Between: Upcoming Solo Exhibition

Hope you can join me reception night at my upcoming solo show, Spaces Between. I will be showing work that explores the dialogue between internal and external architecture and the body as a mediator. This work has stemmed from artist residencies (Sweden & Canada) where I have intentionally placed myself somewhere new. This work is a visual representation of the conversation and exploration of these new spaces.

I will be available during the reception and hope to see you there! Please feel free to pass this on to others you may think are interested and live the Bloomington, IN area! 

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Can't make it to the reception? That's ok! The exhibition will be up the whole month of August!

AUG 1 - 28TH, 2014



Saturday, May 10, 2014

ART ALLY: Melissa Diaz

ART ALLY: Melissa Diaz

Melissa Diaz is a Brooklyn based artist and art therapist. This Florida native received her BFA in Painting at the University of Central Florida. In 2006, she moved to New York to pursue a Masters degree in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute. 

As an artist, Melissa creates environments reflecting elements of life, growth, transition, shared experience and coexistence. She uses these environments to form a transitional space which welcomes play and introspection.  Melissa concentrates on micro and macro habitats, utilizing simple/child-like materials to demonstrate how fun and accessible art can be.  In her art therapy work, Melissa specializes in an Open Studio approach, working with adults with mental illness and special needs children. She hopes to further integrate the therapeutic elements inherent in art making and the fine art community aspects of creating.

Additionally, Melissa is a community art activist, working towards starting a non-profit organization based on her community arts series, Open House Brooklyn. Melissa uses her artwork as a means to form a relationship with the surroundings and the viewer, paralleling her framework as both an artist and therapist.

Melissa and I both went to the University of Central Florida with a a year or so inbetween us.  Although we knew each other then, and knew of one anothers art adventures, our personal and professional relationship really blossomed in New York.  We were able to collaborate and work together on projects such as Flexas a group show @ Texas Firehouse, the Deitch Art Parade and Melissa's Open House Brooklyn events to this day. She also was a large part of a show I curated at Purdue University titled Makeshift in 2012where she resided in the gallery 5 days and invited visitors to participate in constructing a hut in the middle of the gallery. (see first image)

I asked Melissa to talk about her favorite memory of us work together - she replied:

"So many memories... I am going to have to name a few. First memory is all of the crazed and fun late-night studio times in undergrad. Highlight including, a giant baby head created by Lisa, which dwelled in the painting studio of UCF for years! Second, would have to be the Deitch Project's Art Parade of 2006, in which a part of my walking float consisted of strapping a dollie (with a pad of fluffy grass on it),  to Lisa's pants, as she pulled it along through the parade! Last, the exciting and crazed times at Purdue for the MakeShift show. Lisa was a stellar show director and we pulled some old school all nighters, followed by the viewing pleasures of Chocolat. Our time working together is always filled with fun, stress and a bit of mayhem.  In the end, I cherish all of times collaborating and it's always a big success!"

In her work, Melissa's choice of materials are playful and come together to invite viewers to participate and become part of the piece.  In the case of the Makeshift show at Purdue, I enjoyed watching students reaction to Melissa's work.  The students were very hesitant at first to participate or "mess things up", but with a little time you could see their own transformation right along with the work as they eagerly exploring new materials, techniques and relationships with those around them.  When the finished piece stood alone, the individual marks made by weaving yarn, twisting paper, and tying ribbon were visible - both the process and result were reminiscent of a birds nest, a place of comfort, a home.  

This comfort, playfulness and sense of community weaves through everything that Melissa does from her artwork, her art therapy to the Open House exhibitions she curates.  By providing creative transitional spaces, she allows us to feel a sense of home we can carry with us wherever we go.

To learn more about her work or to attend or participate in any upcoming Open House exhibits....

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Updating Print/Collage Images

I have been back now for about a week and figured it was time to document the work completed at a recent residency.  So feel free to check them out at

My choice of texture and color where based primarily on my interpretation of the space around me.  I referenced existing textures/patterns such as the chipboard walls of my studio, and the floral wallpaper in the stairwell of the house in which I was staying.  I approached these pieces in an almost opposite way that I normally work.  I tend to start with a solid white background and work with geometric shapes, texture and line within that space.  These pieces however, started with a textured background and forced me to problem solve in a new way.  Although a struggle at times, I am happy with the resulting work I was able to make.  Forcing myself to be further away from a concrete plan allowed new combinations and techniques to rise to the surface.  I am interested to see how this new approach will influence my other work.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Printmaking at Spark Box Studio

I have just completed a 10 day residency at Spark Box Studio in Picton, ON.  The owners, Kyle and Chrissy where fantastic hosts and I welcomed chatting with fellow printmakers and painters.  There was one other resident there, Gillian King, a oil painter from Ottawa who I enjoyed talking art and life with. Below are a few pictures of the space and work - I will be updating my website in the next couple weeks with more detail shots and descriptions of the some new prints.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ART ALLY: Rochelle Fox

ART ALLY: Rochelle Fox

Rochelle Fox is a fine artist and textile designer working in New York City. She has studied art and design at the University of Central Florida, the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Rochelle has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the United States, including the Monmouth Museum, the Orlando Museum of Art, The Morrison Hotel Gallery Loft, and Christie's Auction House for the 2009 Tibet House Annual Auction.

Rochelle draws inspiration from forms in nature, Japanese prints, Indian art, Impressionism, and Gothic architecture. There is a spiritual, meditative quality to her work that invites the viewer to discover a deeper sense of meaning. The illustrative, delicately detailed worlds of blossoming gardens, swirling vines and radiating colors are symbolic of balance, metamorphosis and the complex relationships that intertwine our lives together.

I fist met Rochelle in Undergrad at the University of Central Florida.  She was a graphic design major, and I an animation major– but both our hearts were all about fine art.  Whether it was drawing, printmaking, art history our foundations courses – we motivated each other to go above and beyond. (I am sure our competitiveness was part of it as well).  When I think of our first years together as friends, they are sleepless ones filled with coffee, charcoal and ink.  I asked Rochelle what her favorite memory of us working together was and she mentioned the found object portrait we did is 3d design.

“It was the week of finals and Lisa and I were both taking 4 studio classes with projects due every day that week. There weren't enough caffeine-filled drinks or hours in the day to complete these projects, but somehow we made it happen. For one of our final projects we had to create a free standing, found object self-portrait. One night I went over to Lisa's house so we could finish our self portrait sculptures in her garage. We had the garage door closed as we drilled, hammered and glued pieces together, hoping they would stay in place at least long enough to make it through critique the next morning. Lisa's mom would check in on us every few hours, providing milk & cookies and moral support. After a while we were both laughing so hard that our sides hurt… we soon realized that the glue we were using required proper ventilation. In our delirious, sleep-deprived state of mind we picked through the piles of rubber bands, nails and miscellaneous parts to slowly form our portraits one piece at a time. My junkyard scrap material figure sat cross-legged on a reclined "chair" of computer parts while reading a "micro chip" book in the Florida sun. We were able to miraculously finish our projects just as the sun was coming up. It was pointless to sleep for 2 hours so we carefully placed our projects in a box and drove to school, literally holding our eyes open and blasting music to stay awake. Those were the days!”

It has been years since then, and it has been exciting to see Rochelle’s work evolve to what it is today.  Her use of line always creates such activity and in her latest work, these lines create a fluidity that wraps and blooms around itself making it reminiscent of stained glass or illuminated manuscripts.  In her most recent series "Floating Gardens" Rochelle has woven together her passion for painting, drawing and creating patterns of repeating elements. The free-flowing graphite drawings that initially come to life in her sketchbooks are transformed into mixed-media collages on wood. This series explores Rochelle's love for nature, particularly its calming qualities and ability to regenerate over time.

To learn more about Rochelle Fox and her work visit

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Upcoming show at Ivy Tech Waldron Art Center

I am currently working on a an upcoming solo show at the Ivy Tech Waldron Art Center this summer in August in addition to an upcoming artist residency in Canada in April.  I will be posting updates and in progress works here so be sure to check in.  You know can also see the buttons to follow me on Instagram and my Artist Page on Facebook.  Thanks again for everyone's support!