Tuesday, April 15, 2014

awe

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "Our brains are no longer conditioned for
reverence and awe," said novelist John Updike. That's a sad possibility.
Could you please do something to dispute or override it, Taurus?


 Would it be too much to ask if I encouraged you to go out in quest of 
lyrical miracles that fill you with wonder? Can I persuade you to be 
alert for sweet mysteries that provoke dizzying joy and uncanny
 breakthroughs that heal a wound you've feared might forever plague you?
 Here's what the astrological omens suggest: 
Phenomena that stir reverence and awe are far more likely than usual.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

this is a good one

TAURUS It's Love Your Messes Week, Taurus. In
accordance with the astrological omens, you are authorized to love the
hell out of the messes in your life -- from the small, awkward knots of
confusion to the big, beautiful heaps of fertile chaos. This is not a time to
feel embarrassed or apologize for your messes; not a time to shy away
from them or ignore them. On the contrary, you should explore them,
celebrate them, and even take advantage of them. Whatever else they
are, your messes are untapped sources of energy. Learn to love them for
the mysterious lessons they keep teaching you. Love them for the
courage and willpower they compel you to summon. Love them for the
novelty they bring your way and the interesting stories they add to your
personal legend.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

looka dis!

sunsets photographed through shattered mirrors by Bing Wright. Gotta love mirrors. I do. Love mirrors. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

frosting on the hoop

today I went back to frosting hoops, after hours and hours spent writing rewriting writing rewriting.
it's okay. The frosting looks good AND I referenced some old monoprints that I had done two summers ago. So that was good too.

before

after

Saturday, March 29, 2014

it's pink

Your true color is

Pink

Your motto is Go, Go, Go! But you also know how to relax and recharge your batteries for the next big thing. You like to work hard, play hard, and nap hard

Friday, March 28, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

artist statement at work......

Michele Ridgeway

Artist Statement

I  construct anecdotal narratives through video, performance art and sculpture which reveal universal themes of humanity that acknowledge that we are fleeting and changing beings.  The daily struggles, emotions, and situations of family, mothers, middle age, and home are the  text that I draw inspiration from.  The durational performances emphasize process, chance, time, endurance, and repetitive obsession to reinforce these themes.  

Through the medium of video I perform the everyday gesture that might occur in the home; icing a cake, wiping a mirror, nurturing with cooking, decorating and stitching.  The narratives conflate the line between  the practice of life and the practice of art and the domestic in terms of an aesthetic and a medium.  

My sculptural work is composed of materials in my home; icing, gingerbread, doilies, curtains, and mirrors. The mirror exists in the work as identity, stillness, a look into the now as well as reflection upon the past. The frosting sculptures speak to repetitive obsession in gesture and celebrations and are inspired by decorative elements in the home. The sewn pieces, constructed from household linens, recall stories from childhood and a desire to comfort and nurture. The objects that I make are similar to the video work in that they engage the domestic aesthetic in both size and material.  They reinforce the themes of endurance, process, and repetitive obsession in their construction. 


With this work, I depict a life that is lived through art.