Examining The History Of Ugliness Shows There Is No Such Thing (Article)

“There is no art in turning a goddess into a witch, a virgin into a whore, but the opposite operation, to give dignity to what has been scorned, to make the degraded desirable, that calls for art or for character.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I have strong feelings about the concept of ugliness, appropriate because ugliness is a strong concept. I have a friend who once told me that, in his opinion, I was “All about the pretty” which is not quite right. Actually I am all about the beautiful which is  a much more powerful and challenging aesthetic. And ugliness is often beautiful. I encourage reading this impressive article.

…”Hag is not a nice word. Yet there comes a time in every woman’s life when nice is tedious, when nice is insipid, seeping into the soul like souring milk, warping the mind. Indeed, nice can, at times, be all that is offensive.”
~ Emma Restall Orr – Kissing the Hag.

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Paper Embroidery

Have you ever tried embroidering on paper? It’s fun but a bit picky. Once a hole is in the paper there is no going back.

This week I did a little embroidery on watercolour paper. Turns out that it is, hands down, the easiest paper to embroider on that I have ever tried. I used an awl to punch the holes (after placing the paper on a piece of leather) and used only a variety of outline stitches. I think it is simple but effective.

It’s a long time since I hauled out the watercolours but I think it’s not too bad. Continue reading “Paper Embroidery”

Michelle’s Tokyo Show!

Michelle is my extremely talented twin from another mother. Look what she’s doing!

Michelle is my extremely talented twin from another mother. She lives and makes beautiful art in Tokyo. (Almost literally twins, we share the same birthday and in fact are both turning 50 this month.)  Look what she’s doing on her birthday!

I am so proud of her. Click through to take a peek at the three pieces she will be displaying. They are incredible.

Mazal Tov Michelle!

 

Three of my drawings will be in Zen at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno park from August 22-29, 2016. After the Abstract Narrative group show at the Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, I was contacted by someone who saw my work and wanted to know if I would participate in a large group show…

via NEWS: The Zen Show — Viewed from the Outside