A sneak peek of work on my performance piece Metamorphosis. The Zebra Swallowtail mural is made of acrylic paint on windsock fabric adhered to wood. It was my first attempt at making wings for the performance. Since it didn't work I now have a selfie site on my property!
The caterpillar was an experiment I hoped my cat would hide inside. I discovered the fabric faded in the sunlight so it morphed into many sizes of origami caterpillars made out of that fabulous green rip stop nylon. It's been a fun summer!
A Black and White Kind of Year asks the viewer to slow down. If you want to view the prints on the walls walking the Labyrinth will give you a closer look. Each framed work was made by printing the sponge from a printer cartridge until it ran out. Of course, you could ignore the ancient moving meditation floor cloth and walk across it to get a closer look. A small card to the right of the second framed work describes the use of the Maltese Labyrinth. The installation is at the University of Memphis Art Gallery until March 17th. 901-678-2224.
"What a Piece of Work" Forms and Movements for the Resistance, Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe
fall 2017. Besides clowning I created a work of art from the 5 performances audiences. In grade school one of my fondest memories was going to the Flannel Board to visualize my understanding of math or colors. It was a felt board with many shapes, letter and numbers to work with and I loved feeling the texture of the fabric. It was some educator's idea of a better way to engage students than the chalk board. They are still in use because I found some on the internet. I view my piece what a piece of work as an homage to that classroom experience. You can see it at the link below and have it for your very own if you donate to the Go Fund Me site for the troupe.
The full production:
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Boundaries of Normal Artlab Collaboratory
Reflecting on the historic Normal Station neighborhood named for the Southern Railroad train depot that delivered students from downtown Memphis and rural areas east of the city to the West Normal School, now the University of Memphis, Cat Pena led myself and 3 other artists in the creation of this public piece. In two 8 hour days we designed and installed this over-sized viewfinder at one end of a series of ditches. In the next ditch bridge we added mirrored circles to reflect the water flowing through the neighborhood.
Ditches are commonplace in Memphis. In this location the bridges were beautifully designed of stone formed a link between streets and neighbors. We saw the flowing water, which is actually Black Bayou, as a unifying element in area.
Maggie Russel, one of the participating artists, wrote the message on the piece.
Judith Dierkes' 40 Years of Printmaking
January-February, Playhouse on the Square, Memphis, TN