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Thursday, March 22, is the opening. I’m excited about this exhibition not only because my painting Seer was accepted, but also because I also helped prepare the gallery working as an intern for the staff at VA MOCA.
This month is also the annual student art show at Tidewater Community College. Two pieces of my student work, Focus and Wishful Thinking, will be hanging there amongst all the other rad work from the school.
And then early next month I will also be participating in a group show, Marvelous Humans, at Articulated Gallery in San Francisco. The show was curated by Josh from Creepmachine, a contemporary art blog.
Instead of being just another circus freak show, Josh wanted to put together something different. To quote his site,
“Marvelous Humans” will be a group show with artwork inspired by the many human marvels that once lived, or are alive today. This is not just another “sideshow” art show. I have always been inspired by the people who were born with a certain condition, and made the most of it. So instead of focusing on these people as “oddities”, as too many sideshows did throughout the years, I thought it was time for some art to be created that gave these people dignity.
I chose Millie La Mar, a woman born with albinism in the Victorian era, who later became part of a circus and created an act portraying herself as a psychic or mentalist, capitalizing, or submitting depending on your point of view, to the stereotype of albino’s being eerie or mystical.
I chose ink wash, gesso and colored pencils rather than do an oil painting because I wanted to give her portrait an eerie distance and vintage feel.