Taboo – 7th Online Performance Art Festival

I was thrilled to participate in the 7th annual online performance art festival on February 11th, 2018.  “Taboo” was a visual exploration of stigma towards women’s health. The piece was broadcasted live and around 15 people tuned in to see the improvisational performance. I had originally wanted four male players for the piece, but due to weather and other circumstances I ended up being one of the participants, as well as my husband. I am constantly thankful for his support in my zany art. The piece is still up online so go check it out and let me know what you think!

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Taboo

  • duration: 10 min
  • watch: 11th February 2018 at 9 pm UTC

DESCRIPTION: Four anonymous male figures are guided to move feminine products (clean unused ones) around as a commentary on the taboo of a women’s period in today’s society and to bring attention to the stigma of these so-called luxury items and the reproductive cycle. Using parameters as prescribed by the improvisational form “object chess” the players will spontaneously engage with the objects to create new connections between the players and the objects. Players take turns placing objects into a field. There are three options. 1. Introduce a new object, 2. Move an object already in play, or 3. Introduce themselves as an object (in this case their hand). There will be three, three minute rounds, in which a different cast of objects will appear in each round.

Spring Collection on Society 6

What’s better for spring than new bright clothing? New clothing designed by your good friend and artist! My new collection “Magic Carpets” was created with a series of little paintings I created to deconstruct. I loved them so much I decided to create a whole collection of goodies for you to wear and use and have in your home. Check it out!

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My favorite products from this collection

Floor Pillows: These are brand new to Society6 and I think they are truly fabulous. Get Comfy.

Leggings: I love a good pair of fancy pants and these are no exception! Adorn yourself here.

Canvas Prints: Since the originals were deconstructed and don’t exist anymore these canvas prints are the next best thing. I love bright and bold art prints like these. Add some color to your walls! 

Rugs: Who knew there would be a day when I became a rug designer? Spruce up your floors.

Excited to Announce You Can Now Buy My Art on Society6!

I am excited to announce that you can now buy prints of my art or take home fun colorful goodies through Society6, a website committed to empowering independent artists all over the globe.

Society6 is home to hundreds of thousands of artists from around the globe, uploading and selling their original works as 30+ premium consumer goods from Art Prints to Throw Blankets. They create, we produce and fulfill, and every purchase pays an artist. Simple, but huge.

Here are some of the neat products you can purchase featuring my paintings:

Check out my store today!

Map of Sunikor

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Map of Sunikor

For my final project in High School I wrote a supplement to the widely known roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons. My supplement described a new world for players to explore with unique races, plot hooks and places.
Most D&D world books have lots of intricate maps, so I created this map for my book. I colored in with GIMP, and although I put lots of hours into it, and it looks somewhat spiffy, it really clashed with the look of the rest of the book.
Maybe someday I will recreate the map with non digital media, like colored pencils.

Fun Times with MS Paint

In middle and high school the only image editor on a computer I had access to was MS Paint. For those who may not know or remember, MS Paint is the super basic application for messing around with images that came with Microsoft. Mostly it was a couple of super simple pixel brushes and a color picker. Really not much else.

In high school I also spent a ridiculous amount of time on the free website Neopets making up characters and stories for my virtual companions. Petpages are free web space provided by neopets to describe your pet and pretty do whatever you want. It was a cool space to learn about html and css in a relatively unrestricted environment. I would cruise from petpage to petpage gathering ideas, seeing cool art, and learning a lot about the web.

The combination of these two things resulted in me becoming quite skilled at MS Paint painting, which I always thought was pretty cool.

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Here is my crowning achievement of MS art:

Phiddippida is a desert kougra, which you don’t really need to know. She lost her ear in a horrible oil lamp accident. She is psychic and her lover is a ghost. Neopets is a really cool place!

To create this image I hand drew a sketch, scanned it, and then spent meticulous hours coloring, smoothing, and creating texture and shine. I have no idea how many total hours it took, but lots and lots!

 

Another character of mine is a silver peophin names Rasavatam. He’s made of mercury and is pretty cool. You can learn more about him here: http://www.neopets.com/~Rasavatam. Here is my painting of him. It was painted completely in MS Paint, with no hand drawing to start. I think I got a pretty cool liquid affect going on. Apart from the neck being really janky I still like this piece.

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Beyond creating images of my own neopets, a popular trend on character petpages was to create a gift to give to individuals who visited your page. These are called adoptables and they are little pictures of a specific species of neopet in every color they come in. A big part of neopets is painting your pets different colors to “customize” them. Since I was in high school the level of customization has become way more complicated with backgrounds and clothing and much more than simple colors. I made adoptables for my other Kougra, Antideo. He is a poet, hence the hat.

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People can also request a custom adoptable, where they would show me their pet customization (which they made up from their own imagination), and then I would create a little image for them. Very cool sharing of art and creativity. You can see some adoptables I got for my other pets on Isepheloria and Siberyl‘s page.

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If you are totally confused don’t worry; The takeaways from this blog post are:

  • Neopets is a really complicated place with a strange set of cultural rules
  • Neopets is a great place to waste time in High School
  • and MS Paint art is something I used to do a lot, and something I liked to do.

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Salome in Art and Poetry

Maud Allen as Salome (1909)
 

This digital comparative essay explores the difference of the character Salome in two literary works. Both are titled after the famous biblical femme fatale, Salome, one written by Oscar Wilde and the other by Ai. Written and created in my “Writing to Know Poetry” class in my senior year of college. It was a collaborative process between myself and another student in the class. Feel free to have a look around the site.