Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Body in Fibers

I stumbled the work of Emily Barletta online and really fell in love. I don't know/come across too many contemporary sculptors, let alone fiber artists (outside of the ones I know personally, from school) so this was a nice change.

                                                          Emily Barletta - 2008    

                                                            Padorina Cell 

All of her work is knit, some using a few different mediums, including clay, but all colorful and displaying incredible craftsmanship and control of her process. The pieces I find the most interesting are reminiscent of cellular structures within the body, or otherwise. Or some type of sea creature; vibrant, detailed and beautiful.

I both love and hate looking at them. On one hand they're pleasantly fascinating and on the other they're quite gross, producing a feeling akin to that of looking at microscopic images of a disease or cancer.
My stomach squirms.  

Check out more by Emily Barletta on her website.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I Just Want to Shower, pt 2

There once was a clog in my drain
So perverse we could scarcely explain.
But with tub set to "bath,"
Had to awkwardly laugh
At a reason so painfully plain.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I Just Want to Shower

Still watching this blackening puddle defy
The draino, the acid, the sedentary lye
And brew in my tub. Though the workers implore;
"Have you ever seen anything like this before?"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I would say this. And they would quote me on it.

Here, I am featured speaking about the new BFAW Program on the SAIC website...

"Both Cooling-Mallard and Martinez benefited from the program’s interdisciplinary focus, but Martinez also sees problems with the program. Because the writing workshops are open to students from any department, not everyone is as interested in writing as she is. According to Martinez, some of her classmates “have no experience with writing, but are just getting the Humanities credit.”

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

does everyone see things like this sometimes?

or is it just me?

check out Petra Cortright out of Berlin (b. California!)

GIllian Fry

Also, the photos of my work were taken by my photographer friend, Gillian Fry. She has a really great portfolio, my favorites are the clean and elegant studio portraits. And I couldn't have asked for better photos of my work. Check her out -

Some New Works (on paper)