no woman is an island

Early October I receive an email from Julie Sasse, Chief Curator of Modern, Contemporary and Latin American Art for the Tucson Museum of Art.

I hope you will remember me from your participation in some of our Arizona Biennials. A group (anywhere from 20-45 people) from our Latin American Art Patrons are planning a trip up to Phoenix on Wednesday, January 9, with a first stop to see the Teotihuacan exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, followed by a lunch. I’m not sure if your studio can accommodate a group, but I’m checking to see if that would be of interest to you and if your studio is located in the downtown Phoenix area. If you would be up for a visit sometime soon after 1:30 that day, our group would enjoy seeing your work.

Of course I remember Julie! I recall her support of my work. I will thank her in person. Yes.

All 45 members! of the LAAP arrive to the studio Wednesday afternoon. I share my art process and content with the thoughtful group. My husband, who is present, enjoys meeting members so much, he forgets he’s supposed to take photos! I understand completely.

I do have one photo. It catches a moment when I respond to a question about the portrait of my mother.

Soon after the photo is shot, I meet Nancy.

She approaches holding a small print. She wants to know about it. Is it available for purchase? The limited edition intaglio print titled Her Diagnosis – A Windy Liver is numbered 1/1 (1 of 1) because while it is a printed edition of 15 and is the first of the hand-colored series – each print is original. It holds a memory I have with my friend Maria. The border-lined text that makes its way into the composition as fragmented Spanish sentences comes from a song by the group Maná. The album plays in the studio the day I carve the words into the copper plate. And yes, the print is available.

Nancy, did I tell you the print along with 4 other hand-colored works, hung at the Phoenix Art Museum? The group exhibition called Local’s Only celebrated the art of 12 Chicano and Latino artists based here in the city. It feels right that you own it – in some way it is a full-circle experience. Enjoy the work and thank you so much.

As everyone returns to their bus, one woman stays behind taking a moment to share her thoughts about my work in general and she mentions her daughter, who is in medical school. She speaks to me in Spanish. I appreciate hearing what she says and how she says it – because she’s right.

One fun way to kick off this new year! A special thanks to Julie Sasse and the entire group of Latin American Art Patrons, for taking the time to visit my studio.


The blog posts titled No Woman is an Island acknowledge the people and/or organizations who support me and the work I do.

az exhibition opportunity – arizona biennial 2015

The Tucson Museum of Art released their prospectus for Arizona Biennial 2015. Here is general information and photos from the last biennial. 
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All Arizona artists over 18 years of age working in any media and theme can submit their work to be considered for Arizona Biennial 2015. This exhibition will be on view at the Tucson Museum of Art July 25 – October 11, 2015. The work juried into the exhibition will be selected entirely from digital images or video submissions by noted guest curator Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe.

All works must be original and completed within the last two years

Deadline: All entry forms, fees, and images must be received at the Museum by 4:00 pm, March 13, 2015

Entry Fee: $30 for up to three art works.

Click to download → Prospectus

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arizona biennial 2013 @ tucson museum of art

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ARIZONA BIENNIAL 2013
07/20/2013 – 09/29/2013

Out of the 1,250 works submitted to Arizona Biennial 2013, 80 pieces are selected for the exhibition. Here are a handful of images. Of the various group exhibitions I have posted in this blog – I have to say receiving the images for this one, was one pleasant experience after another. The contemporary art work being made across Arizona is compelling. 

About the Biennial: The Tucson event is the oldest running juried exhibition featuring exclusively Arizona artists and will be on view at the
Tucson Museum of Art  • July 20 – September 29, 2013.
About the guest curator:
The work juried into the exhibition was judged by noted guest curator René Paul Barilleaux – Chief Curator/Curator of Art after 1945, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas.

click on photo for artist website
Todorova Green Rays


Rossitza Todorova (Tempe)
Green Rays
Lithography, Gouache, Graphite, Pencil on paper
22”x 22″
2012

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

John Randall Nelson (Tempe)
Whacked
Acrylic on wood
120 x 18 x 30
2012.

fallingtopieces

Michael Marlowe (Phoenix)
Falling To Pieces
Oil on Canvas
88″ x 108″

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Phil Rowland (Tempe)
Mountain roads and copper mines
Pine, concrete
32″x84″x30″
2012

Jagminbaraag-tchi

Christopher Jagmin (Phoenix)
baraag-t’chi, – from the series ghostsgiantsgenerals,
Encaustic on wood
36″ x 36″
2012

Christopher Colville Works of Fire Installation-1

Christopher Colville (Phoenix)
Works of fire Constellation
Unique fire generated silver gelatin prints.
Approximately 6′ x 9′
2013

AZB Pink Glandscape oil on canvas 35x46.5 ©Bill Dambrova

©Bill Dambrova (Flagstaff)
Pink Glandscape
Oil on canvas
35″x47″

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Kristin Bauer (Tempe)
S.O. W.H.A.T.
12″ x 12″ x 72″
acrylic, spray paint, ink and MDF
2012

Regime Change

Brent Bond (Scottsdale)
Regime Change
mixed media on laser engraved birch plywood
14″ x 12″
2011

Stone Woods

Anthony Pessler (Phoenix)
Stone in Woods
Oil on Panel
5″ x 5″
2012

Love is what you make it out to be 2013 72 x 72 Mixed Media Collage on Canvas .

Fausto Fernandez
Love is what you make it out to be
Collage of Architectural plans, sewing patterns, maps
and wall paper, acrylic, paint markers on canvas.
72″ x 72″
2013

Schoebel_Untitled #13

Henry Schoebel
Untitled
Acrylic/pumice on canvas
20″ x 20″
Date: 2012


Pláticas: Sunday, Septemeber 22, 12:00 pm
Free for members or with museum admission
The museum’s educational programs include Pláticas/and or performances where artists discuss their work during an informal gallery tour.  Mark your calendar’s and join Jesse Berlin, Edwina Scott and myself as we each discuss our particular take on the body.

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Edwina Scott (Tucson)
The Client
Digital Print
16×20

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Monica Aissa Martinez (Phoenix)
Male Back Body from the series Nothing In Stasis
Casein on Arches Rag
2013

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Jesse Berlin (Tucson)
Untitled Deer Study
Cold Cast Bronze, Polyurethane resin
84″x24″x48″
2013

For information about the museum, the artists, and the events (including Biennial Bash) scheduled for AZ Biennial 2013 click  → More