Honorable Mention in Mobile Photography Awards!

The MPA (Mobile Photography Awards) is one of the most prestigious and important events for the mobile photography and art community. I used to enjoy perusing the winning entries of the MPAs every year, never dreaming that one day I would be a participant, much less chosen for any type of award. This past year I actually entered, and was incredibly surprised to find that my image “agency,” was selected for Honorable Mention in the Digital Art category for the 2020 awards. The results were announced in February. (And yes, I know I am soooooooo behind with news for the blog!) I am so thankful for this award, but also for all the support I’ve felt in the mobile arts community. It’s really an amazing group of people who care about art and support each other. Without them, I know I wouldn’t have made the art I have in the past couple of years and definitely wouldn’t have had the courage to enter any contests. If you are interested in participating in the mobile art community and don’t know where to start, shoot me a message on the contact page. I hope to write a blog post soon about participating in the community.

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Your Dream is You Contest

Recently I participated in the “Your Dream is You” contest, an exhibition to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. It was planned for this year but now will be held once the pandemic allows. I was surprised and so honored to have two (!) images selected for the exhibition: “fatigue” and “agency.” A slideshow of the winning images are on Facebook. A heartfelt thank you to the judges.

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fatigue
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Creating Images During the Pandemic

Early in March 2019 my doctor asked me to start working from home because I have a problem in my immune system that puts me at risk for serious complications from Covid-19. The pandemic hadn’t yet hit the Charlotte/Lake Norman area very hard yet, but she knew it was coming soon and wanted me to take two weeks off “to let the virus pass through.” Then I could go back to work. Needless to say, this has been the longest two weeks either of us have experienced. The governor shut the state down two weeks later and I had already gotten ill with what we believed to be Covid-19 (this was before tests were readily or easily available in our area). During the time I was ill, I had more time to create art than usual (although, honestly, I slept most of the time).

The pandemic was in the forefront of my mind when I created the first two pieces while ill. Image number one had come after seeing so many images of grieving and death. It was a very a dark time–and one increasingly full of despair. I didn’t want to make a piece of art that only represented the grimness of the new reality. There was darkness. But there was also love.

And hope.

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wounded spectre

The second image is “the weight of hearts,” which was the one chosen for “Windows of Hope” in Charlotte and for the 2020 Mira Mobile Prize exhibition in Porto, Portugal. Some of the same thought process went into its creation, with the exception that I wanted to emphasize the dimension of hope even more. The piece represents an intersection of earthly and spiritual planes. A transcendence in life and death–but the heaviness of love, and the loss of so many, is still very real.

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the weight of hearts

I did do a type of variant of the above themes later in the year. I began by playing with the idea of one’s relationship with one’s sel(ves). At the same time the pandemic as well as the images I had made earlier helped to shape this new piece. For me art is multivalent in its creation.

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revenant (lost self)

The other works I created early to mid 2020 didn’t have to do with the pandemic directly, but I found that I had become more playful. Hearts became a symbol of the weight of human emotion while also maintaining an element of hope.

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  • love, loss, play
  • longing, love
  • choice, chance, love
  • love, Radiohead

The works I did towards the end of the year had Covid as a constant backdrop in their creation, but only two referenced it more directly.

The first was “agency,” which didn’t start as an image having anything to do with the pandemic. It started with thinking about the (seeming) duality of the self. It continued that theme as it formed but I intuitively found myself adding a red mask and gloves. The context in part was the (sometimes violent) debate about mask-wearing in the US.

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One image I did near the end of the year is a self-portrait. Its title is “fatigue.” I had the virus earlier in the year, but its effects lingered well into December. I would have flare ups with crushing fatigue and leg pain. For several months I found myself out of breath and needing nebulizer treatments if I overworked (knowing where that line lay was a constant experiment). The piece doesn’t just talk about physical fatigue but also psychical fatigue. Lack of physical contact with family and friends as well as the constant barrage of negative and depressing political and socioeconomic news was itself like an enervating virus.

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In July, Joanne Carter of The App Whisperer asked to interview me on the topic of “Hope in Adversity” as part of a series of interviews with mobile artists about isolation and art during the pandemic. I’ve had more time to reflect on my art since then, but the thing in the interview that still stands out to me is the appreciation of the online mobile community. Despite all the negative things about social media (and there are many), the deepening of my involvement with the community of mobile artists on Facebook and Instagram helped keep me afloat and moving forward creatively and even spiritually in 2020. It will definitely also be part of my post-Covid world as well. .

Windows of Hope

I was incredibly honored to be chosen for Windows of Hope, a contest sponsored be Artpop Street Gallery, Lowe’s, and Charlotte Center City. The contest was created to support local artists during this time when there are few gallery shows as well as to help brighten the day of people who would see the art displayed in windows in South End Charlotte. Above is my piece “the weight of hearts” at 2250 Hawkins St at the Hub. Such a great experience seeing these windows!!

Mira Mobile Prize 2020

the weight of hearts

I’m so excited and honored to have “the weight of hearts” selected as one of 150 images projected at the Mira Mobile Prize 2020 Exhibition in Porto, Portugal (!). The exhibition opened last night, June 19, and will run for one month at the Mira Forum in Porto.

Mira also did a Facebook Live during the opening. I captured a few screen shots. They’re not great quality, but give the flavor of the event. The forum is a beautiful and vibrant arts venue.

we build with what we can: the process

we build with what we can

I have some work coming out soon in a chapbook and I was asked by the editor to show some of my work in process in video footage. I no longer had almost any images from the stages of the work I had submitted to them. But I had a few images from the process of a more recent work: we build with what we can. I thought I could do a little slide show video for here to show some of the stages. This is the piece that will be exhibited in Italy this year (hopefully—with all the uncertainty the virus has brought us).

We build with what we can was done entirely on my iPad with the exception of the original photo I took with my iPhone quite a while ago (I keep nearly all my photos as possibilities to use in mobile art). The apps I used for this are: Snapseed, DistressedFx, Stackables (a wonderful textures app that you can unfortunately no longer get in the App Store—at least not in the States), MetaBrush, iColorama, Glaze, Reflect, and Image Blender.

we build with what we can: the process

Winner of “All Colors of the World” Challenge

So excited to have my piece “we build with what we can” named this month among the twenty winners of the international mobile art challenge “All Colors of the World.” Our work will be part of the “All Colors of the World” exhibition in Cagliari, Italy at the MEM Mediateca del Mediterraneo. Because of Covid-19, the exhibition no longer has a definite date, but the organizers are still expecting to host it this year. It is truly an honor to be part of this exhibition filled with some of the best mobile art from around the world! Special thanks to judges Giulia Baita, Clint Cline, Eliza Badoiu, Manuela Matos Monteiro, and Gianluca Ricoveri.

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Looking back at 2019

The past couple of years I’d not been able to focus on art as much because I started a new business (a Pilates studio). However, 2019 was highlighted by two things that meant a lot to me art-wise. The first was getting published in (and on the cover of!) ONLY magazine and the second was being published in Escape into Life.

The May issue of ONLY magazine featured my work inside as well as on the cover. I was so delighted and honored. ONLY is an amazing and inspiring magazine of mobile art featuring the best mobile artistry the world over.

In July I was featured in the “New Artist Watch” column of one of my favorite online literary and arts magazine, Escape into Life. It had been a dream come true to be featured with them. I’d admired the international works they’d presented for years. To see the whole feature, click here.

My Pilates studio will be expanding in 2020, but I hope I will have more time than last year to create with and be inspired by other artists. And maybe just maybe I’ll have a few features, too…

My Art Featured in Horizons Magazine

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I am so honored to have my art featured recently in Horizons magazine. I’m a little late posting–I’ve been super busy during the first part of the year–but I plan to be a lot more diligent in the coming months. I hope everyone is having a beautiful summer!