Thursday, March 29, 2012

Indigest Magazine

My interview for InDigest Magazine just came out today (yeah!) You can find it here.  

I've been busy in the studio working with new techniques.  Here is a little sneak peak. 
I should have some of the new images up in the next few weeks.

It was my birthday on the 18th and we had a big soiree for it.  Even though it was full of photographers (like my husband), I somehow didn't get into any of the pictures. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

California Trip

 We went on a trip to LA and Palm Springs to check out the California scene at the end on January  
where we stayed at the swanky Downtown Standard Hotel 
 surrounded by high rises
 and drank amazing coffee at Lamill
 but between the museums, galleries, art fair, and photo studios
we got very tired and decided to relax on our last day
 at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs
I almost forgot the Santa Monica Pier
 but we made it once during our trip
just in time to see the best sunset I've witnessed in years.

*Sadly, I lost my camera which is why all of my pictures are a mismatch of Instagram and iPhone.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Project French Polynesia

My new obsession is the French Polynesia.  I've decided it is the perfect place to do my intensive project due to the extreme impact global warming and tourism is causing on the islands as well as the tensions they have with France.  It is still part of France and even though the Polynesian people want to be sovereign nation, they are dependent on French subsidies which the French still provide as an "I'm sorry we used your country as a nuclear test site 210 times".
 There is also the love/ hate with tourism due to the large number of exclusive resorts that are owned by international companies that don't allow much profit for the Polynesian people and destroy the fragile eco system.  
 Due to the isolation of the islands, many people travel here to live out their explorer or Robinson Crusoe fantasies.  
 For my project, I am going to travel to the French Polynesia and act as an anthropologist by collecting notes, photographs, as well as stay with and interview the residents of the islands.  By doing this I am exploring the idea of continued colonialism and how it is not only played out through government but also through tourism. 
 I am excited to see how the google images and vacation brochures I collect before hand plays off of the information I collect by going off of the tourist track.
 My collected information will become a low-res magazine that will expand upon and reference the body of work that I create around this project.
 so excited :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year

 The studio was getting a little out of control so I built a little storage area. 
 First painting of the year.  
Fancy beer at Tilia