Posts Tagged ‘literary’


December 6, 2017

This fantastic, animated cut-paper film at Bellevue Arts Museum has very neatly intersected two trains of thought that have occupied my mind recently. One is the issue of domestic and other violence against women. #MeToo; Harvey Weinstein and all the others who were unmasked after him, not to mention before him. The other is, very […]

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More Moby Dick

November 14, 2017

On this day in 1851, Moby Dick was published. I admit to having a fascination/obsession with this book. I lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where Herman Melville once also lived. (He also lived in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where I was born). The parts of the novel that took place on land are set in New Bedford. […]

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Invisible Cities by Terri Saulin-Frock

October 28, 2017

I love going into what I call “real places” and seeing “real art”. For example, there’s an editioned print (not a poster) in the bathroom at the mall, or a quality painting hanging permanently at a bar. I was in the Philadelphia International Airport recently, and even though rotating art exhibitions are becoming more popular […]

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McGurk Mysteries

October 26, 2017

At my art opening the other night, I engaged in a rather mind-blowing conversation. While I was chatting with a visitor, he idly looked at my business card holder on the countertop, and kind of brushed his index finger along my name. Half to himself, he said he hadn’t heard that name since he was […]

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The Homely Protestant

October 19, 2017

I love Robert Motherwell because of his smarts. While so many of his (male) contemporaries were making fools of themselves in bars, he was making poetic work – about poetry – and other big themes, and writing intelligently about it too. I read the wall text for this painting at the Met and was reminded […]

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Dore Ashton, In Memoriam

February 5, 2017

I always loved reading Dore Ashton’s writing. It’s clear, but elegant and beautiful. Her friendships with artists put her in the unique position of being able to reveal anecdotes that cast their work in a new, more personal light. In her hands, they were significant yet little-known accounts that further enlightened the artists’ work; they […]

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Roof Life

October 7, 2016

Recently I was at the library, and on the shelf near the book I was looking for was a different book. It caught my eye because it was written by one of my former professors, Svetlana Alpers at UC Berkeley, someone whose lectures I thoroughly enjoyed. On a whim, I checked it out. It was […]

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Behind the Scenes (The Painting Fought Back)

March 7, 2016

The author David Foster Wallace once said something like, When writing a book, there always comes a time where you fall to the ground and bang your head against the floor. I see a lot of parallels between writing and painting, but I don’t feel this way with every painting because there are some that […]

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Keep Getting Out of the Tent

June 14, 2015

By euphro (Flickr: Horseshoe I Mount Searle with Sally Cove) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 24, 2013

Here are most of the original illustrations by Jessie Wilcox Smith that accompanied the Clement C. Moore poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” when it was published in 1912. They’re gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

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Mockingbirds and Collage: Discuss

November 18, 2013

Here’s a great quote from author Tom Robbins: “Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they’re born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mockingbirds aren’t content to merely play the hand that […]

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Express a Little of Yourself

November 17, 2013

I’m rereading The Art Spirit by Robert Henri, and I keep coming back to this quote: “Those who express even a little of themselves never become old-fashioned.”

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Happy Anniversary, Moby Dick!

November 15, 2013

On this day in 1851, Moby Dick was published. I admit to having a fascination/obsession with this book. One of my favorite things about it is the many, many artworks it’s inspired–from the famous edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent, to this really striking digital image.

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Published in The Lavender Review

June 12, 2013

I’m very happy to be part of the latest issue of The Lavender Review, an art and poetry journal by and for lesbians. I’m in great company, alongside artists and writers such as Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Man Ray, Romaine Brooks, Artemisia Gentilleschi, Berenice Abbott, and the wonderful Hannah Barrett, whose digital collages inspired me […]

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Road Trip: Tacoma Art Museum

April 26, 2013

The Tacoma Art Museum is a total delight. Three people in the past month since I’ve moved to the Seattle area have told me it’s not to be missed, and they’re right. It’s a beautiful new building (built in 2003) in a beautiful part of town, overlooking Mt. Rainier, and some other architectural gems like […]

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