This week has been extra busy with participating in a group show in NYC thrown into the mix. But the chance to see the city all dressed up for the holidays was a treat. Some amazing designers have pulled out all the stops to bring block after block of inspiration. I am completely in love with Christmas decorations in general and am a total sucker for the over-romanticized illusions of sparkly magic that are associated with Christmas. And that is exactly what these windows were. It was really nice to see at least some of them Thursday before the reception for my show. (BTW, that zebra is made out of paper!)
My parents joined Ben and I in the city. After window gawking and some delicious food we headed to the reception for the show. I had seven encaustic pieces in the show Exposure at the Ceres Gallery in Chelsea. The turnout was great and it was a fun evening of mingling and chatting about my work.
These are two new (and bigger) pieces I have done since I got home from Spain. I am really enjoying working larger and want to try even bigger.
These two pieces really deal with experiences around memory since now my trip abroad is all memory. I am amazed at how quickly some memories become cloudy and leave behind a sense of vacancy. On the other hand I am also very aware that my memories of my trip float around in my head and fade in and out of the consciousness on a daily basis. Most of the trip is still fresh and still informs my actions and experiences here now. So that's where these pieces come from.
Today is Christmas Eve and I spent a few hours at my parents' house cooking for tomorrow. Always a nice time. Looking forward to amazing food and the joy of giving tomorrow. On the menu is Beef Tenderloin, Mussels, Scallops, Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Baked Potatoes, Fruitcake Trifle, and a giant Cherry Apple Pie I made. Getting goosebumps just thinking about it. Merry Christmas!