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So this is very exciting, 3 of my paintings have been featured of Words Dance Issue 14. I have provided a link bellow of which you came buy either a digital or print edition. If you purchase a digital edition, I will receive 50% of the commission. It’s beautifully put together and features great poets, so check it out! 🙂

Words Dance Issue #14 

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So I have been non-stop painting/bookmaking etc. Screenplays yup, a lot.

Anyway so this first Friday is the Downtown Peepholes, mine will be at Bon Ami Confections, so you better be there to peek inside.

So far I am currently working on two paintings and getting ready to shoot four more photos for the last four paintings that go with my latest collection for BFA. I am also working on books for installation other than the peephole which is finished, just needs to be installed. The two books I am currently constructing are for a group installation and a solo one. The group one is a leather bound book that will feature photos I purchased from an antique shop to recreate the main woman’s story, it goes along with the theme of the Muse of which this woman is. The second book is a literature based installation where I have constructed an altered book out of the Bell Jar and viewers will be able to interact with the book by pulling out poems by Plath and myself. This is the second interactive book I have made, its nice to be able to invite the viewer although I still fear sticky dirty hands touching my art.

Other projects I have been working on are figure painting and screenwriting. This is the first time I have ever written screenplays and its so much fun, I knew when I wasn’t really making the A mark in Video Art that I was a “filmmaker” rather than a “video artist” although I consider the two the same thing, but some people do not… Anyway I had a feeling taking screenwriting would open the right doors for what I wanted to do with film, so I’m glad its working out! I’ve been writing about my cyclops’ so its great to give them a greater purpose than just being still images on a page, there is now a story and dialogue for them which expands their meaning farther creating an even more meaningful narrative for them.

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Here are just a bunch of pictures of paintings I have been working on for the past month.

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So here is more progress on my self-portrait, I am also going to start a new one this weekend titled “You Killed Her And Your Killing Me”, it’s going to be awesome I just took the reference photo tonight!

Also tomorrow night is Marie Antoinette Movie Night, if you want to come my roommate and I are claiming a study room in the library and watching the film on the projector. Bring your own Macarons, we are! 🙂

 

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Here is what I have done so far one my Self-Portrait as Marie Antoinette painting.

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I finally finished my book “Marie Antoinette Poems”, took forever, although really two weeks is not forever, but it required A LOT of hours to complete. The cards were a nightmare, originally there was not going to be vellum on the back, I was going to hand write the poems, but it proved disastrous on the first card, so I had to go into “make it work mode” and figured painting the backs all gold and printing out the poems in vellum and cutting them out and gluing them onto the gold backs would work, and it did THANK GOD! Anyway I have counted how many times I have cut this fancy little shape of a french rococo frame, 17 times, and that’s counting the two templates.

Each poem was written by me in the point of view of Marie Antoinette of which follows her life, struggles and triumphs in chronological order.

I also made a cute little matching pouch to hold the book, its adorable and cute and I wish it was a real clutch out of fabric so I could use it for everyday items!

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Marilyn Monroe Leggings I own by Betsey

As we all know Betsey Johnson is officially closing her clothing line forever and all of time after a long 30+ years. For 21 of those years I enjoyed the colorful clothing designed by her. As a child I dreamed of wearing the clothes, once I got older I still dreamed of wearing them. As a child what I did not realize was how expensive Betsey’s line was; I was too infatuated with looking at the models wearing the flowery fun bright creations that I assumed I would have a wardrobe full of  when I could fit into them. When the time came that I could wear her clothing I was saddened that my mother could not afford to buy me Betsey Johnson. I found it very hard as a teenager finding clothes that mimicked her designs, after all teens my age only wanted to wear preppy clothes and I just didn’t want to look that way. With the

The Betsey Dress I wanted to wear to Prom, but was around $350.

lack financials I also lost much confidence in my body with gaining weight and

attaining womanly curves that just were not flattered by the Junior Section.Over the years I obtained a necklace, a pair of leggings, tights, leopard pajamas

and 3 pairs of socks by the famed designer when they were on sale at Macy’s and the boutique. Still dreaming about her clothing, I just became so jealous of those rich girls

Betsey bikini I bought on clearance at Dillard’s

who got to wear her dresses to the prom. All I wanted was a Betsey dress.A couple of years back I gained enough confidence to finally wear bikini’s again, after shopping up and down I could not find anything that had underwire or was cute that would lift and flatter my Double D chest, but then at Dillard’s there it was on clearance, a Betsey Johnson Blue and Red Rose bikini. I went into the fitting room, tried on the top and BAM! that was it, lift, cute, fits, supports. I bought the bikini and felt so awesome, but still I had yet to own a dress.Three months ago I was shopping in my favorite resale shop and stumbled upon a Betsey dress, yes finally. I paid $26 for the dress, it’s black with white lace that synched

Betsey Dress I bought at the re-sale shop.

at the waist, it showed off my Marilyn Monroe curves and my Kat Bjelland baby doll

look. Although the dress needed some altering, I bought it anyway because it was an easy fix.Last month I found out the dreadful news that my favorite childhood designer would no longer be in business and all of her clothing would go into liquidation. My Mom and I were shocked and decided that this would be my last chance to own something special from Betsey’s collection. We drove to the boutique at the fancy mall in the city. When we entered the store there were sale signs

Betsey Dress I bought at the boutique with price tags showing the original price before the discount.

everywhere and bunches of cute dresses. We looked at all of the racks, we oohed and awed at the

designs, but we kept seeing the $300 price tags, and in reality 40% off of $300 is still notaffordable. As we made our way to the back of the store my Mom and I spied a beautiful black lace floral baby doll dress in my size. The price tag was $138 + 40% off, still too much. I became extremely saddened, once again I could not afford a Betsey dress from the boutique even when they are on liquidation. I began to wander to other dresses as Hole’s song Doll Parts started to play, I became even more sad because at that moment Courtney’s lyrics described how I felt, I wanted to cry. I just wanted to be able to buy a brand new Betsey dress, a dress that doesn’t need alterations, a dress that fits like a glove, flatters, and reflects my personal style since the tender age of three.

The full Betsey Dress

My Mom kept telling me try it on, try it on, just see. I was hesitant because I did not want to fall more in love with the dress, but I caved when one of the workers came over and asked if I wanted

a dressing room. I followed the girl to the dressing area, closed the curtain, and slipped the dress on. As I looked at myself in the mirror I was amazed at how well the dress fit. I came out and my Mom lit up and began to say how great the dress looked, and then all three of the girls working atthe store gasped, complimenting me on how good I looked in the dress. I felt like Courtney Love on the 1995

Courtney Love on MTV Unplugged 1995

episode of MTV Unplugged with the lace sleeves, flowing short length of the baby doll dress, and my wavy platinum hair messy from lifting the dress over my head. My Mom said that we were going to buy the dress and we would split the cost. I agreed. I felt like part of my childhood dream came true, I finally had that one Betsey Johnson piece that I longed for, I can forever remember my childhood every time I wear it.

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