Thursday, August 11, 2022

Buy cheap art! Support reproductive health & freedom!

 The DCAC "Wallmountables" (unjuried, fundraiser, community art) show opens tomorrow -- Friday, August 12th at 7:30*.

This homage to my IUD is over 2 feet tall & thus will not be in the show, which is organized into 2'x2' squares. There will, however, be other rusty metal and uterine iconography in my pieces for sale. A goodly chunk of the profits, if I sell any art, will be donated to abortion funds in besieged states.

* This year for the first time , they specifically set aside a wall for children's art. "Our young artists will have their own opening reception complete with ice cream and photographs with family and friends starting at 7:00 PM. At 7:30 PM we’ll celebrate our adult artists with beverages and light refreshments." My stuff is...not on that wall.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

SignPostA: Playa del Fuego 2022

Signs made by participants at the spring Burn in Tamaqua, PA -- thank you all for playing!

Signs made by participants at PdF 2022

Thursday, June 16, 2022


 As built on site at Playa del Fuego (Tamaqua, PA)...

A tall signpost capped by three oversized bird heads, in a grassy field

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Non-Virtual Arts Festivities (Hopefully) Upcoming!

Some of the Collective intend to show up in-person at a nonvirtual Playa del Fuego Mid-Atlantic BurningMan Regional festival at the end of May. (May 2022, we hope!)

We plan on making art beforehand that can be reassembled on-site. I learned this the hard way when I made the Cabinet of Extinct Curiosities for the 2012 spring PdF -- I think I spent two full days of a 4 1/2 day festival working on the thing. It was really fun but I could have had MORE fun if it had been more pop-up book, less house of cards.

Art grant applications have been submitted! We are waiting to see what happens with that, but at least some of us are going to be there either way (if it happens!) and will make art, make merry, and hopefully not superspread anything but joy.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Artistic Jumpstart, with safety goggles

2021 brought me several instances of fierce creative elation, and I will write more about that. All physical art things, not writing. Mainly instances of sharing art/creativity with other people. (I did not get into the DCAC Sparkplug thing, but that feels fine to me because I am at a creative juncture and might not be cranking out a lot of finished pieces right away. I just want to play with materials -- including hot metal!)

Crudely welded unicorn pig, nose missing, interior on fire

Step 55: "aim flame into pig's nose to burn out excess oil"

Donna Reinsel teaches welding at the Art League in Alexandria, VA. (Her portfolio features, in addition to jewelry and furniture, some of her amazing lamps and chandeliers. If you have ever had the misfortune of hearing me go on and on about the fantastic lighting fixtures that used to hang at Perry's in Adams Morgan, and now presumably hang in the owner's house, which is so unfair to the rest of us, then you may have some small inkling of the elation I felt when I realized that my impending instructor was in fact the creator of the Vanished Chandelier I Was Obsessed With.)

Friday, December 17, 2021


Jamie (Irreverent Rhyme) told me that every time she heard "Omicron," she got Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" stuck in her head, so...

[original song for reference]

Thursday, November 11, 2021


 Filth & I had been talking about learning to weld, and the notion continued to smolder in me... then I happened upon the course listings for The Art League (at the Torpedo Factory), and now I am going to learn how to weld. (Details to follow!)

Also, I got in my application for the DC Arts Center's Sparkplug Collective. I started to type, "so I'm waiting to hear," but I'm not waiting. I've decided to behave as if I am in. Deadlines and shared projects energize me, so I am tapping into that energy as much as I can. Getting my atelier/aerie more organized in the direction of making more art. And making more art.