Summer's Finale + Fall's Approach

Summer’s finish line approaches as the New Orleans dog days exhale their final breaths of sticky humidity. Hot and pregnant most of the summer, I found solace in the water. A couple of vacations afforded ample hammock time, boat rides, and plenty of inner-tube floating. These time outs allowed me to slow my thoughts down and focus, rather than wishing the summer away for the cool breezes of fall.

Silky sand between the toes and wide open stretches of water and sky.

Silky sand between the toes and wide open stretches of water and sky.

This October I’ll unveil my latest body of work, “Creatures of the Waterline.” Although every piece is a new creation (made in the past few months), the textures, themes and voice of the art has been building over about ten years; since my body first recognized it feels ‘at home’ floating in the muddy waters of an Alabama lake. Cloud reflections on a rippling surface, opening my eyes under water and looking up at the falling raindrops, and rough sandbags that always pill the bottom of my swimsuit in the most delightful way. The sense of it relaxes me even as I type this. Animals that congregate at the water’s edge also bring a unique sense of peace, that became the primary focus of my art making this summer.

One of my favorite views of this big ol' world. Preferably with Creedence Clearwater Revival blasting on the stereo.

One of my favorite views of this big ol' world. Preferably with Creedence Clearwater Revival blasting on the stereo.

These calming associations of water were also combated this summer with the 10 year Hurricane Katrina anniversary, and the physical sensations of relived trauma. Our region has a peculiar relationship with water, to say the least. As these ideas flowed through the air, and my body winds down during pregnancy, I’ve been allowing these pieces to develop wherever they lead, allowing the simplicity of a moment speak for itself. Sometimes I’ll cover the piece, then uncover, take a glance, let it speak. And I just absolutely cannot wait to see the waterline come together in October, and have others ‘float’ through the experience with me!

The first few "Creatures of the Waterline." These bird prayer flags have steadily multiplied. photo by Rush Jagoe

The first few "Creatures of the Waterline." These bird prayer flags have steadily multiplied.

photo by Rush Jagoe

Show details:
Art for Art’s Sake!  /   Saturday, October 3/  5-9pm
Steve Martin Gallery
    624 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130