Monday, September 28, 2009

Summer to Fall

After a very busy summer, I'm getting back to my own work. I had the very good fortune to work this summer assisting artist Susan Stair with a mosaic she designed and fabricated for PS/IS 189 in the Bronx. The photos are of me with artists Jessica Funaro and Mitsuyo Mori working in Stair's Harlem studio. Stair was awarded a grant by the city of New York to create the mosaic as part of a program to install public art pieces in new schools around the city. This piece is a tribute to Rosa Parks and is inspired by the lyrics, "Just like a tree that's planted by the river/We shall not be moved." Made of glass tile (smalti) and ceramic, it is a gorgeous work. I would love to post images of it installed but I don't have permission to do so yet - hopefully will be able to post an image or link someday soon. But if you have the time and inclination to visit PS/IS 189 to see the mosaic, which includes two columns on the side entrance which were designed by Stair and the school's students, it is located at 3440 Steenwick Ave - the last stop on the Eastchester/Dyer bound no. 5 train in the Bronx.

In addition to my recent work, a series of mixed media images on drafting vellum, I'm working on a new performance that will happen at SOHO20 gallery on November 6. Details will be posted soon - visitor participation will be encouraged! I'm also working on a commission for a friend - a portrait in oil on canvas that is coming along v e r y s l o w l y.

On top of all the work I need to begin researching graduate school applications for MFA programs. I'm feeling a little (a lot) lost here and would be grateful for any advice. Right now Hunter College is the only school I have myself set on but I know I shouldn't apply to just one school. And time is running out for Fall 2010 application deadlines...