Friday, March 19, 2021

New Beehive



I am so honored to have been accepted as one of the artists to do the New Beehive artwork for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. It’s a collaborative artwork made up of 30 artists’ work. The goal of the New Beehive project is to explore, expand, and challenge the uses of beehive iconography in Utah. Artists from diverse creative and cultural perspectives were invited to propose an original artwork inspired by Utah’s state symbol, the beehive, or associated imagery such as honeycomb, bees, and beekeeping.




The project gives each artist a wooden hexagonal frame in one of two sizes. The artwork has to fit within the frame. For the project, I will be creating a knitted textile artwork mimicking honeycomb and bees using paper yarn. I am using yellow for the honeycomb and black, yellow, and white for the bees. 


Lately I have been creating a series of artwork that includes knitting endangered or threatened species in Utah out of paper yarn to emphasize the fragile nature of these species and their ecosystems. One of these pieces in the series, called Species of Concern: San Rafael Cactus, is in the State of Utah art collection. 

I hope to be posting progress pictures as I knit over the next couple months. 

Monday, January 11, 2021

In Sight, Out of Mind Exhibition



I was invited by the Springville Museum to participate along with 14 other artists in a new exhibition called In Sight, Out of Mind. The exhibit explores nature as a creative inspiration and allows artists to see what is hidden in the natural world.




Here is their description of the exhibition:

Though we are constantly surrounded by the environment, it is easy to overlook. Through their artwork the Utah artists in this exhibition force us to consider our environmental oversights.  Their work brings to focus forgotten landscapes, surprising juxtapositions, and the impact of human activity, probing the viewer to examine their relationship to the world around them.
Featured Artists: Carel Brest van Kempen, Royden Card, Virginia Catherall, Cody Chamberlain, Reid Elem, Havoc Hendricks, Levi Jackson, Stephanie Leitch, Travis Lovell, Vincent Mattina, David Meikle, Cat Palmer, Gilmore Scott, and Josh Winegar


I have several pieces in the exhibition. It is a very beautiful and inspiring collection of art. I encourage anyone to go see it (socially distant and in a mask of course). It will be open until August 7, 2021. http://www.smofa.org/insight-outofmind.php