June 1-15: Bali Resiency
Recently I was awarded a residency in Bali. It will be wonderful opportunity to expand the scope of my practice. The residency is operated by the Avalon International Academy in Bali from June 1st to the 15th. I will be working daily at the beautiful Bali Purnati Centre for the Arts.
So you might be asking yourself, "how exactly does this fit in with visual art?" Let me explain. I’ve been creating narrative paintings for much of my career. Now I’m exploring how narrative painting could work digitally. And out of all things, Balinese puppetry, known as Wayang Kulit, has been helpful with how to create my story.
My newest piece is a digital artwork that operates like a picture book. The viewer will be able to navigate backward and forward throughout the story. As the story progresses, the past images will physically change as the main character’s memory fades or exaggerates past events. The viewer can navigate back to the image to see that.
The project is an exploration of memory, psychology, and storytelling through a canon of painting. When I started creating this piece, I was drawing every scene by hand. I soon realized that I would have to make thousands of drawings. A friend suggested I look at “Feathers of Fire”, a Persian version of shadow puppetry to simplify my process. While looking into this, I fell down a black hole of YouTube videos which is where I discovered Wayang Kulit.
This was my answer! The simple, yet gorgeous backgrounds for the scenes and the beauty of the puppets are used for multiple scenes. For me, this means that I need to create only several backgrounds, objects, and characters that can be combined in a variety of ways digitally to create different scenes.
Studying under a master of Wayang Kulit in Bali will deepen my understanding of the practice and I will hopefully be able to apply the aesthetic beauty of the puppets to my own work. Once my project is finished, it will exist online, so people will only need internet access to experience this work. I hope this format will bring visual art to a wider audience. You can see some video (very rough) concept sketches here:
Also, while in Bali, I will be visiting with local painters to see their work and talk about their process. In Balinese culture, the arts are greatly interconnected with each other and are an integral part of life and spirituality. I can’t wait to learn more about this and share it with you.
If you would like to help support my project and campaign (and get a souvenir from Bali or cheap artwork), please visit my GoFundMe page:
August 3-6, 2017: Seattle Art Fair
Exciting news! August 3-6 members of Shift Gallery (including myself) will be at the |http://seattleartfair.com/|Seattle Art Fair.
CenturyLink Field Event Center (WaMu Theater)
1000 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Collector's Preview, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Beneficiary Preview, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Public Fair Hours
Friday, August 4, 2017, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, August 6, 2017, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
More information to come soon!
June 2nd: Open Studios at Gasworks Gallery
You're invited to Gasworks Gallery for the free quarterly gallery party and open studio event. Please note that I will be out of the country during this event, but please stop by to see other talented artists!
Friday, June 2nd, 8-10pm
815 4th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Map to Gallery: http://gasworksgallery.com/map.htm
Gasworks Gallery located in the big blue building across from Ivar's in Wallingford.
PARKING: Limited street parking is available. We also have four free parking lots reserved behind the gallery. Look for the signs that say: Gasworks Gallery Event Parking Only. If you have pre-party drinks in the bar or eat dinner at Ivar's Salmon House, you are set for free parking for the night.
December 2017: Shift Gallery