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  • #bossbabesATX April 2017 Resident Artist

    As part of my time with #bossbabesATX this April, I recently had the best cpnversation with their  board member, Leslie Lozano, to talk about my practice and imagined purpose the last several months as I continue to navigate the world as a self-employed artist. It has been a challenge, but knowing that I have the support of an incredible community of creative women entrepreneurs has been invaluable. I treasure conversations like the one here and I hope other young artists feel encouraged to take a chance on themselves, too. 

  • Building Bridges

    I love that my studio practice now includes more reading and ruminating than ever before. This week I'm working on curriculum for a series of workshops I'll be teaching with the Art Students League of Denver. That's right, I'll be back in Denver this June for a lecture and a Saturday of workshops aimed at building participant's agency and appreciation for the medium of collage and the weight of image appropriation in relation to culture, identity, memory and place. If interested in learning more, visit the Art Students League website for registration information. LET'S GET INTO IT!

  • Mi Tierra @ Denver Art Museum

    As one of 13 artists who created installations at the Denver Art Museum for Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore PlaceI recorded a short video with them during my installation of WE WERE NOT ALWAYS FALLEN FROM THE MOUNTAIN. Even though it was only a few months ago it is a sweet reminder of all the things that were going through my head as I was taking on the challenge of creating a giant new work. Take a peek! 

    Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place is on view at the Denver Art Museum through October 22, 2017.

  • #bossbabesATX craftHER Market

    I have been a longtime fan of the badass women that operate #bossbabesATX and this month I was choses as their featured artist! #bossbabesATX is a nonprofit event production agency and collective. They produce meets, workshops, festivals and other pop-up events for self-identifying women in creative industry and the arts and I have had the pleasure of working with them before with the Chulita VInyl Club, but working with them on craftHER has been something else!

    Apart from getting the opportunity to have long conversations with their team about my practice, I will also be presenting work at their upcoming craftHER Market. This annual market is a space for self-identified women to sell, showcase and share their wares, makes and goods. On April 2, 2017, they'll feature more than 90+ booths at Austin's Fair Market, produce panels covering different topics relevant to the maker community and showcase resources in the Austin community (art collectives, other art markets, etc.)

    IT'S FREE + OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

    WHERE: FAIR MARKET, 1100 E 5th St, Austin, Texas 78702     

    WHEN: APRIL 2, 2017

    11 AM TO 5 PM

    I'll be doing a live Q&A with their crew at 3pm, but check out the full scoop on the #bossbabes website and while you are there take a peek at their amazingly prolific calendar of events, these women are non-stop hustle!

  • Meditations on now

    2017, wow! We've made it this far and as this first month of 2017 has provided so much necessary frenetic energy, I'm sliding into this week with a little focused meditation. As my soundtrack, I'm thrilled to announce a recent collaboration with UK-based dark ambient band, Slomo. Their fourth album ‘Transits’ features a small painting of mine for it's cover and the deliciously slow celestial tracks are perfect for moving with intention and grace.

    ‘Transits’ finds the duo of Holy McGrail and Howard Marsden further psychedelicising their core guitar/synth drone sound with loops, bit-crushers and ring modulators to deliver three shimmering pieces for frozen night skies.

    The music is psychedelic, instrumental and abstract and I'm honored to have worked with the musicians to bring a face to their new sound. Follow the link above to experience Slomo's music and float away.

  • COMING SOON @ The Denver Art Museum

    OVER THE MOON to announce my participation in an upcoming exhibition at the Denver Art Museum! I'll be spending the next 6 months preparing for a MASSIVE installation and I am so thankful to the wonderful curators at the DAM for all their creative input and their support, thus far. This is going to be a game changer, as I prepare to create the largest scale installations I've ever constructed. Keep it here and on my Instagram feed, as I document my travels collecting materials and inspiration for the work and document my journey in better understanding my place as an artist in Texas and Mexico. 

    Check out the curator's statement below and explore the websites of the 12 other artists that will on view with me:

    Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place will feature site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Energizing and vibrant artwork will be presented by Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Jaime Carrejo (Denver), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Dmitri Obergfell (Denver), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe), and Xochi Solis (Austin).

    These artists examine diverse narratives of migration and the complex layering of cultures throughout the Western United States through ideas related to labor, nostalgia, memory, visibility, and displacement. Installations will incorporate mixed-media, performance-based video art, digital animation, fiber constructions, painting, sculpture, and ceramics.

    To foster creativity and provide insight into the artistic process, the on-site development of the installations will be visible to the public beginning in December 2016, with scheduled opportunities for visitors to engage with artists. The exhibition will open February 19, 2017, and will be on view through October 22 of that year.

    IMAGE: Dmitri Obergfell, Statues Also Die (Mauricio), 2015 (detail). Plaster and graphite; dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Gildar Gallery and Casa Maauad. © Dmitri Obergfell

  • Extended Technique @ MASS Gallery

    It is a rare treat that I get to exhibit my work in my home town of Austin and I was honored to show a few of my recently created monoprints alongide a site specific wall work at MASS Gallery as part of their spring exhibit, Extended Technique.

    Long associated with improvisation and experimental modes of expression, the musical term “extended technique” refers to a variety of unorthodox approaches to playing a musical instrument. These methods elicit unfamiliar sounds and blur the distinctions between instruments.

    In this three person show, the diverse methodologies of each of the artists challenge and expand the boundaries of their own mediums. Though all aesthically varied in our approach, we all three work with a musician’s spirit of free play and improvisation. It was incredibly rewarding to work alongide the curators to better understand my own association with the musical world beyond just the affection for my favorite song's lyrical qualities. Through my discussion with them I was able to more fully recognize the breadth of my extension of the painting medium and its similarities to the creative process of sonic composition and improv.

    As with each group show, I am now totally smitten with new artists and the work of David X. Levine and Kaz Oshiro is pretty incredible. Can you believe the works of Levine are all done with colored pencil?!

    David X Levine, Tin Can Painting, 2011, Color pencil, collage, and graphite on paper

    Kaz Oshiro, Untitled Still Life, 2013, Acrylic on canvas. Photo by Joshua White JW Pictures, courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery.

    Another marriage of music and making came with the gallery's Close Encounters series. The program series encourages participating artists to devise a program designed to provide new methods of engaging the public’s curiosity and invites them to participate intellectually or physically with the exhibition space, as well as the artist’s work and concepts. For our edition, David X. Levine and I decided to expand upon our shared affection for the songs that fill our everyday to create a playlist for sharing with MASS's audience. The result was two stellar mixtapes you can hear below! All in all the show has been a breath of fresh air in my busy schedule and a welcome opportunity to play. If you are in the Austin area, the show is up now through June 4. Come visit!

    GEE WHIZ! | A Mixtape by David X Levine from MASSATX on 8tracks Radio.

    dancing unafraid | a mixtape by xochi solis from MASSATX on 8tracks Radio.

  • Paper Darts

    WOWEE! When I got the sweet email from Meghan Murphy, Editor-in-Chief of Paper Darts Magazine, to be featured on their beautiful blog, I couldn't resist! Paper Darts is a literary + art magazine and publisher that is volunteer run by 8 fierce advocates for uncommon work by new voices, paired with custom illustration. After getting lost in the webpages of their dynamically designed website, I have quickly become a HUGE fan and love the feature they produced. But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself by following the link above and while you're there do yourself a solid and take in the rest of their inspiring content! Thank, PD team for including me! 

  • UO Studio Visits: Xochi Solis

    Every year creatives, musicians, tech jockeys, and general all around weirdos descend on my home town of Austin, TX for a little thing called SXSW. This year I strategically scheduled an artist residency (more on that later) during this jam-packed week, but boy was I so happy to have the venerable Leigh Patterson reach out about an opportunity to interview in a special Austin focused edition of UO Studio Visit for Urban Outfitters. Recent clients and collaborations for Patterson include: synonym journalsight unseen,  alldayeverydayremodelista and her interview questions were thoughtful, considerate and really gave me pause for self reflection.

    To take a peek at just the most luminous photos of my studio taken by Austin-based photographer Katie Jameson, plus learn a little more about what I've been inspired by and what projects lay ahead follow the link here. Thank you, Leigh + Katie!

  • ART for YOUR EAR

    I've been one of the lucky to have a super special ally in artist and writer, Danielle Krysa AKA The Jealous Curator.

    The Jealous Curator launched in February 2009, as a place for Krysa to show artwork that made her green with envy. Over seven years later, that “jealousy” has turned magically, wonderfully, and thankfully into inspiration. Inspiration for herself as an artist but also inspiration to so many others who read her blog and share her unabashed enthusiasm for artwork and art practices that produce awe and wonder. 

    Great fortune came in 2012 when Danielle first blogged about me and since then we have worked on a book project, a Land of Nod print and most recently many years later, we finally spoke on the phone and heard each other's chipper voice. The result is Episode 39 of The Jealous Curator's podcast ART for YOUR EAR. Take a listen and get to know a little more about me and my practice through a winding conversation about paper, music and err..margaritas. ALSO, there are tons more episodes from fabulous artists all around the world and Danielle publishs a new one each and every Saturday. Sounds like you have yourself a new audio obssession?

  • SHOPCLASS LA

    JUST RETURNED from a quick trip to LA where I got the exciting challenge of creating a special one of a kind wall installation at this ultra cool, ultra Highland Park shop! If you in the LA area, please pop over to Shopclass during the month of June to peek at work fresh out of the studio!

    And while you are perusing the Highland Park neighborhood, don't forget to stop for a delicous vegan treat at Donut Friend, visit a Sunday Either Way Sale at Chin's Push which is this neat pop-up shop run by artist Julia M. Leonard, or have a classy drink and burger at Sonny's Hideaway! I was also super lucky to have a pair of wheels and FINALLY got to head out over to Compton to visit the glorious weirdness that is Sam Rodia's Watts Towers. Summertime vibes abound, enjoy!

  • Bolder Boulder

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, the San Antonio-based curator Patty Ortiz invited me to participate in a ten person group show at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art this May and I happily accepted! For this exhibit Ortiz requested two "really big" wall installations and asked that I dream big and create wall works that spanned upwards of six to seven feet in width. A little daunting to move a good three feet beyond my comfort zone and well beyond any size work that I have created before, but I took on the challenge. With seven full days in Colorado I set out to make the best and BIGGEST works to date and had a blast doing it!

    Founded in 1972 by a group of local artists, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) is one of Colorado’s premier venues for the exploration of contemporary art. BMoCA provides enriching experiences for nearly 30,000 regional, national, and international visitors annually through innovative exhibitions and engaging programs for all audiences. In 1976 the organization moved to its current location in downtown Boulder, a 1906 historic landmark building that once served as a warehouse. From the minute I walked into the space, I could feel nothing but good energy and was so excited to get to jump on the walls nestled in the same gallery as the incredibly talented Penelope Umbrico and Matthew Chambers.

    What I expected when planning for this installation was long days of quick decisions and sore legs from climbing up and down ladders, but what I didn't expect was how much fun I was going to have with the curator Patty (seen below), her assistant Yvonne Montoya and the other visiting artists flown in to install.

    Man Bartlett (above) was one of those artists and during his short stint of installation in the gallery before jetting back to NYC, he and I had numerous thoughtful and considerate conversations about the art world over delicious Boxcar Coffee Roaster pour overs. Man is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York. His diverse practice includes drawing, collage, video, performance and digital projects that use online platforms as outlets for playful yet subversive social critique. My favorite work of his in our show together is called RAGA/CHAKRAa continuous 24-hour cycle over six phases to incorporate psychoacoustic binaural audio, The Schumann Resonance, crowd-sourced messages of people describing their surroundings, recordings of clandestine numbers stations, traditional Mongolian throat singing, analog and digital synthesizers, and more.

    We also bonded over our stay in one of the most bizarre artist accommodations I have ever been hosted in named SWOON. While there we got to meet the artist Berndnaut Smilde, most famous for his cloud making, who was just finishing up a short residency in Boulder where he was invited to make a rainbow of all things.

    Back in the galleries, days were spent listening to super loud Kate Bush and dancing on top of ladders as the two works finally began taking shape. Informed by the rainy cool mountain air, the emphasis on the new age and mystical "hippie" culture of Boulder and the dawning of summer, the completed works hold snippets of mushrooms from horticulture diaries, glossy images of crystals and bright and bold swaths of deep greens and lilacs.

    At the opening, I was introduced to so many wonderful people and had the pleasure of talking about my work in the context of the show's title Flatlander and its exploration of how our compulsive relationship with the flat screen and the Internet has changed our view of the world. Ironically, many of the people I met during the reception came up to me because they follow me here or along my Instagram adventures, their interests sparked by images of my work they found while google searching or what have you. It was certainly wonderful to share the work in person and get to show of the not-so flat aspects of the work that they surely miss when glancing at it on the digital screen.

    My week in Boulder was filled with Farmer's Markets, more than one meal at Oak and The Kitchen Next Door. Multiple coffees and croissants at Boxcar, the best sandwich on gluten-free bread I have ever had at Cure, several bottles of Rose Bud kombucha from the Boulder company Upstart, and so many wonderful meals with art patrons of both Denver and Boulder. A HUGE HUGE shout out to Patty Ortiz and her company Patty Ortiz Unincorporated for curating such a fantastic show, the amazing staff at BMoCA and to San Antonio's Liberty Bar for their sponsorship of the exhibit! To close out my whirlwind tour of Boulder and Denver, I hit up the brand new Clyfford Still Museum and just stood in awe of the gorgeous colors and paint strokes within the museum's perforated concrete ceiling that diffuse natural light just perfectly creating the most terrific environment for art viewing. It was the best way ever to end an art experience and I jumped on a plane back to Austin so rejuvenated.

    If Colorado is calling you this summer, please check out the show at BMoCA up now through September 13!

  • DRESS YOUR TECH on designlovefest

    In my work I aim to keep the viewer’s eye moving through my compositions by rewarding curiosity with unexpected juxtapositions and discoveries amongst the gestural brush strokes and collaged elements. When asked to create images for designlovefest's Dress Your Tech series, I immediately wanted to zoom in and share some of my favorite intersecting moments.

    Most of these images are taken from works that are fresh out of the studio, many of which will be on view in a little show I have in LA in just a few weeks as part of the June 13th edition of NELA (north east LA) Art Walk at Shopclass. Thank you designlovefest for inviting me to create super special outfits for your series, I hope you find one you love!

  • FLATLANDER @ The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

    You might remember a group show that I was in last summer called FLATLAND at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Well, I am happy to announce a version of the exhibit entitled Flatlander is on the move and headed to the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art! I am excited that I was asked to join the group of artists heading up there from Texas and will be making my way to Boulder to create two GREAT big installations. When I say big, I mean it! The curator Patty Ortiz has asked for two 6 foot by 6 foot wall works, making these the largest I've created to date. Stay tuned to see how everything comes out, and if Colorado is where you call home, come see the show May 21 through September 13, 2015. I'll be at the opening on the 21st, too, so come say hey!

  • some kind of way

    Created in conjunction with an essay I wrote for Dirty Laundry magazine. These selections are favorites culled from my collection, and in my humble opinion, are essentials. Basically, they never fail to have me feeling some kind of way.

    Take a listen, what do you feel?

    DIRTY LAUNDRY MAGAZINE // dirtylaundrymag.com

  • MASS @ The Front NOLA

    2015 is all about adventures abroad! I just got back from New Orleans where the MASS Gallery team and I created a group show and, I kid you not, a great big giant sandwich installation. As an homage to all the great sandwiches that New Orleans has bestowed upon us over the years, the handful of us that braved the chilly bayou weather set out to craft one big ol' cardboard sammy as a token of our gratitude!

    What started out as a little sketchbook idea and a joke about "wouldn't it be funny if..." we seriously set out to turn one whole room of The Front into one giant club. It was, as you could say, MASS's clubhouse where we all got to pitch in on the painting and cardboard construction. Collaborative works like this are rare for us, since our collaborative piece really is in the walls and organizational structure of our project space here in Austin.

    For five whole days we poured our energy into this beast and it was quite the team building exercise. Of course, it didn't hurt that we had rented a sweet little AirBNB in the heart of the Marigny-Bywater neighborhood and when we weren't working (which was sadly not too many hours) we got to sample all the delicious food and charisma that NOLA had to offer. We even snuck in a quick and sleepy walk through the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas where we met a very friendly all white alligator.

    Club Sandwich ended up spectacular, as you can see, and for the rest of The Front's gallery space the makers in the group staged a pretty great looking group show, too. Thursday of install was particularly exhausting because not only was I on sandwich duty, but I also did a 5 x 6 foot wall installation, which I think happens to look excellent with my fellow MASS member Scott Proctor's ceramic works.

    Highlights of the trip were early morning trips to Frady's for a huge diner style breakfast for only $5, fancy drinks and small plates at Booty's, hunting for bargains in the area thrift stores, late night grocery shopping at Mardi Gras Zone, NUMEROUS snacks at The Sneaky Pickle, lots and lots of sandwich puns and super super late night games of dice with my MASS folks. Certainly the best way to welcome good times for this New Year! If you are in the NOLA area for Carnival or Mardi Gras pop over to The Front, our show is up till February 8.

  • #UATakeover

    This past Friday I had the distinct pleasure of taking over the @UpriseArtNYC Instagram, inundating their fine followers with pictures from a day in the life of me! It was super great to get to share my process through pictures and just in case you don't follow @UpriseArtNYC (and you should!), I am posting them up here for you to take a peek at. This winter will have be hunkered down close to my studio's space heater while I prepare for a show this coming January and adding new inventory to both Uprise and LEIF. Enjoy these pics and stay warm wherever you are! 

    I am over-the-moon excited to share my little corner of the world with you and to give you a peek into my studio practice here in the heart of Texas. This is where the magic happens! I’ve been in this little garage space for the past 9 years and its secluded location along a tree-lined street in East Austin suits my process perfectly. 

    Taking a quick spin around the place, you’ll notice my surplus of old books and magazines stacked and stored in every nook. These forgotten anthologies are usually scooped up at thrift stores and estate sales, but one or two are gifts from my sweet friends who can easily bet that I will use the heck out of them, giving their out of date pages new life through my collaged paintings.

    As I snip photographic surfaces and over-saturated illustrations found inside their pages, I can’t help but clip out the silly little images that make me laugh along the way. This one was taken out of a 1967 Time Life book titled TIME and describes a very serious study on snails and magnetism.

    Focusing on painting during my time as a student, I’ve always been drawn to the viscosity and material nature of paint. Pushing the pigment around and watching it react to the pressure of my hand or the texture of a certain kind of paper, never ceases to amaze me. It’s a ritual I gladly perform and include in each of my artworks. 

    Sandwiched between swaths of paint and found images, you’ll find pieces of brightly colored paper sourced from different corners of the world. Over the last 10 years, I’ve voraciously collected sheets and samples of all kinds, attracted mostly to those in unusual colors, ones with rough and irregular surfaces and have recently begun to start my own collection of hand-dyed papers from traditions I learned during my Arquetopia residency last year in Oaxaca.Looking over maps of memory is a current favorite of mine that I created especially for Uprise’s inventory at the most recent Affordable Art Fair NYC. For me, the repeated act of layering is a meditation on shape and form. What spurs me to keep repeating these assemblages of material are that each construction is a puzzle where color, form and texture are constantly in rotation with different results. I am particularly satisfied with how the sharp cuts of pink and nude paper transition to the more gestural application of acid green paint. 

    Inspiration for color and shape come from having wide-open eyes as I move throughout my daily routine. I’m can honestly say I am equally fascinated by the organic contour lines of my own hand, as I am by the bright and gleaming colors of this painted mural I pass everyday on the way to work. You never know where the vision for the next composition is going to come from! Speaking of work, most of the time the creative balance between studio time and office feels very natural and rhythmic. Making artwork, creating programming at the University of Texas’s Visual Arts Center or collaborating with my peers in our collectively run art space MASS Gallery are very similar practices. I absolutely love being a leader in the visual arts and my experience as an arts administrator gives me access to the back end of making creative projects happen through imaginative problem solving. Plus, with these guys at MASS it’s hard to not have a good time!

    Being exposed to so many artists regularly, I find it impossible to not want to support them in other ways and have a burgeoning collection of paintings and objects from makers that grows each year. Here is a sweet painting by my friend Sam Sanford, a little stone and wood totem by Chantal Wnuk, a bright neon Chiaozza sculpture I picked up on my recent trip to NYC, and a lovely clay figurine by Irma García Blanco from my travels to Sta. Maria Atzompa. Collecting art is not only a joy for me, but knowing that I help sustain an artist’s practice makes it so much more awesome.

    Well, there you have it! A little window into my life in Austin, TX! Thank you for all your enthusiasm and kind words, I am so happy to be a part of the Uprise Art family and look forward to all the ways I will grow with their support and encouragement. If you are ever in the Lone Star State, please come say hi! Huge THANK YOU to the incredibly talented Courtney Chavanell for her photo assist on some of these, a real gem that girl!

  • as promised...

    Check out these gorgeous pics of my upriseXnorwood installation by photographer Sam Teich, courtesy of Uprise Art. Wish this place was closer than NYC so I could hang out and look at all the beautiful artwork on a regular basis! Speaking of NYC, this week is the Affordable Art Fair and my work will be up there at Uprise's booth B-1! If you're in the area, pop over and say hello to the Uprise team for me.

  • upriseXnorwood

    Dan Graham on the rooftop of The Met

    This past week I whisked myself off to New York City for a quick and busy trip to create a site-specific installation for Uprise Art at the Norwood Club in Chelsea. So much fun to get to stretch out in the beautiful architecture of the early Victorian architecture of Norwood. My first installation work in another state and certainly my first install in a house listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

    At The Norwood

    While in the city we stayed with my good friend Jamie Isenstein, whose work we had at the Visual Arts Center back in 2012 and who was kind enough to host us, even though she is working hot & heavy on her upcoming solo show at Andrew Kreps gallery coming this Spring.

    Jamie Isenstien blending in at The New Museum

    We didn't have much time to explore the city, but we certianly ate our fill of deliciousness at Despaña, Ippudo (barely any line because of the NY "heatwave while we were there!) and had time to wander around aimlessly at The Met. We even made it to Rockaway, my very first East Coast beach experience, and don't even get me started on what we ate there! My favorite shopping this time around was at the MOCIUN store, where I splurged and bought a little sculpture created by the artist duo CHIAOZZA who I have a crazy crush on.

    All in all, despite the sweltering heat and having to carry a really heavy box of art supplies to the FedEx store, I had an amazing time with an AMAZING host (both Uprise & Jamie!) and I can't wait to come back and visit The Norwood to sip on a cocktail while I admire my work and all the other talented artists on view. If you are in the area, the show will be up for a whole year so pop on over!

  • Perfect Strangers

    I have recently been working on fluffing up my resume with exciting forthcoming projects and the insertion of a beefier new publications section that will include DRUMROLL please...the exciting new book I'm in coming soon to bookstores!

    This September the book Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform will be available to the public and I am super giddy to get my hands on one. Thanks to Danielle Krysa aka The Jealous Curator for all her hard work and her unwavering support for all of us Collage artists, but especially thank you for keeping us all up-to-date on the soon to be available new book that we've made together. Until its arrival, I've been working on my website and resume to reflect all the exciting things to come. During this time of clerical upkeep, I have apprehensively searched the internet, trepidatiously googling my own name to see what pops up. With amazement and a little embarassment, I have found lovely little blog posts from all over the world written with such genuine affection and admiration, that after a few I had to take a break for fear of taking myself and the internet too seriously. 

    One such blog post that the creators Ariel Torres and Sean Collins were so kind to email me about was especially beautiful. Their newly launched site CHROMATIC WATCH is just getting off the ground and has a poetic take on artists and their work. I especially loved their use of "sun, fruit, face" as descriptive words for my paintings. Thank you to Danielle, Ariel and Sean for making me and so many other artists feel so great about the work that we do! It's amazing how excellent people like you, perfect strangers often times only held together by only the portal of the computer screen, could care so much about making a connection through art.

  • FLATLAND + NEW FRIENDS

    I loved my recent trip to San Antonio and had such a terrific time meeting so many new friends and talented artists from Texas, Mexico and South America. Curator Patty Ortiz put together a wonderful group show and it was great to get to talk about ideas and processes that each of us shared in some way or another. Among the 10 artists currently on view as part of FLATLAND, I was super happy to meet Panama City based artist Cisco Merel, who told me all about living in Berlin and his recent show in Guatamala and how he manages his studio practice no matter where his travels take him. 

    I also loved meeting Mexico City based artist Ricardo Rendón and realizing we knew people in common and he gave me the scoop on the best paper store in D.F!

    All in all, it was the perfect summer break to get to visit a city so close to me in Austin, but still so different and new. If you happen to be in San Antonio in the next few months, I recommend taking a swim at San Pedro Springs Park, San Antonio’s oldest designated park, eating tacos at Taco Taco Cafe, having a drink at OCHO and yes, please pop over and see all our work now on view through October 11!

  • UPLIFT

    Wanderlust has set in this summer and I couldn't help writing all about it for Uprise's blog UPLIFT! Learn about how my travels to Oaxaca last summer influenced the small batch of work for Uprise's The Shop and where I hope to travel to soon!

  • FLATLAND

    I'll be hitting San Antonio, Texas next week to install two wall installations for a group exhibition entitled FLATLAND. Described by the curator as "presenting artists at the intersection of cultural form, process and meaning in this emerging flat world", I am interested in seeing how the work of the 10 exhibiting artists pulls together in her vision. If you are in the area, the work will be up at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center July 11 through October 11, 2014. It'll be nice to stretch my legs out of the studio and make something BIG! Stay tuned to see how it goes!

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  • Little Paper Planes

    Beyond elated to have an exclusive collection of prints now available at one of my favorite shops, San Francisco's Little Paper Planes. Working with Kelly Lynn Jones, LPP founder, and her team has been wonderful and while I have been approached several times about translating my original works into prints, I never even remotely considered it until Kelly sent me an email outlining their Artist of the Month print project.

    Little Paper Planes is a company founded in December of 2004 by Kelly Lynn Jones and started off initially as an online shop. With this shop Jones sought to create a platform from which she and her friends, who had just graduated from art school, could present and sell their work to a wider audience. However, as the number of artist-participants grew over time, it became clear that Little Paper Planes had grown up to become a broad-ranging community, composed of both the circle of artists themselves, as well the people who love and support their art. It seemed the natural progression of this growing inertia was to facilitate dialogues and awareness around Contemporary art between both the artists and public alike.

    Little Paper Planes assists artists in their careers through print editions, publishing, curatorial and licensing projects. As of May 2013, LPP opened a physical location in San Francisco which has enabled the company to provide more opportunities in the space including lectures, events, exhibitions and workshops. With the new space LPP started LPP+ Residency which functions as a rotating work space for a diverse group of artists, designers, collectives, and curators to engage with the public.


    I have long lusted after their diverse inventory and incredible roster of artists and am proud to be representing the month of June! Check out their shop online or in person and collect a print or two. They are all so affordable why not make it three! Oh, and I did an interview with Maggie Haas, LPP Featured Artist Editor and San Francisco-based artist, that dives into some of my recent revelations on my practice.

  • FRESH BATCH

    A sweet collection of new work hit Uprise Art's The Shop today and all were inspired by the juicy colors of a hot summer ahead! I can't say enough wonderful things about working with these ladies, so please send them your support and check out their brilliant roster of talent. I dare you to find something that doesn't strike your fancy!

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  • Harper's Bazaar

    Just got back to Austin from a whirlwind trip to NYC for work! I had the most amazing lox and bagel washed down with a beet and lemon shrub at Russ & Daughters, blissed out in the sound landscape of La Monte Young's Dream House and finally got to meet the lovely ladies behind Uprise Art! I was so pleased to get an email today from Christina Lawrence, Uprise's Curatorial Coordinator, about a post that founder & CEO Tze Chun wrote for Harper's Bazaar! Big projects are in store for me and these terrific women, so stay tuned!

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  • Styling

    Pretty little spread in Austin, TX publication, Tribeza, matching my contribution to the annual fundraiser at The Contemporary Austin with a bright and buttery outfit to die for. If you are in Austin tonight, come and add to your art collection with about a zillion sweet 5 x 7 inch works to choose from. All available for the incredibly affordable price of $150. A fun excuse to put on that volcanic ensemble and shmooze!

  • FRESH START

    Returned from a week away in Los Angeles and came home to a lovely thank you note from LEIF celebrating another sale together! Fresh new works to brighten up your space, as we usher out winter and plead the weather deities for warmer days!

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  • Uprise Art + Me

    Thrilled to announce that I'm the newest artist on Uprise Art! I first heard about Tze Chun's entrepreneurial vision flipping through Marie Claire last November while waiting for my nails to dry and I thought to myself, Wow! This lady has a vision! Oh, and that her outfit was sassy and looked exactly like someone I'd want as a friend.

    Tze Chun from The Every Girl

    Flash forward only a few weeks after that and I received the loveliest email from Christina Lawrence—a curatorial coordinator at Uprise—asking about my work and if I'd consider joining their team. Uprise Art is an online gallery with the aim to demystify the act of collecting and make acquiring original artwork accessible to anyone with the desire to own something that they truly love. What I have enjoyed most about working with them so far is their genuinely positive attitude and helpfulness. I immediately felt confident that Tze and her team wanted me to be a part of the process and actually loved my work and wanted to share it with more people. Fingers crossed that everything goes well, but I can already tell that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship! Check out this superb interview with Tze in The Everygirl and please take a peek at the other truly talented artists on their roster, they all are fantastic and I am truly delighted to be in such great company!

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  • Gigantic

    GIGANTIC is an online and annually print magazine celebrating the mash up of fiction, prose and contemporary art based out of Brooklyn, NYC. I was super thrilled to be approached by their art editor Alison Kuo to contribute my work to their latest online edition. Check it out!

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  • One Kings Lane

    Leaping into the new year, I have a quick sale of nine new works up on One Kings Lane through January 19th. I am pleased to be featured under their One of a Kind category, as each work is an original created by my own two chilly hands this past December. They are going fast so if you see one that you fancy, treat yourself to something bright while the winter storms bustle outside this winter!

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  • Paper Party + Me

    It was only a matter of time before the sweetheart behind Austin's Paper Party and I would partner up! 

    Paper Party offers a delightful collection of stationery, supplies for the best party ever, gifts and ART, all lovingly selected with an eye for color and pop. Paper Party was started by Glade Hensel, the cardmaker and blogger behind Glademade and opened as a pop-up shop inside Domy Books Austin, TX in September of 2012, and February through July 2013 was a part of the Rosewood Collective. Paper Party is currently online only with a small selection of goodies at Busy Being this month.

    Glade Hensel surrounded by paper hearts! image via

    Thrilled to partner with Glade, I hit the studio and created all new work finally busting out the beautiful hand dyed paper I made in Oaxaca. They are all little lovely gems and I hope they make their way to someone nice (even it's just you!) this holiday season. BONUS since Paper Party is mostly online, they are having a special CYBER MONDAY sale where everything is 10% off, including my works. Just use the code MONDAY and get yourself a sweet steal!

  • GirlsGuild + MASS + Me

    Finally, my day has come to partner with the wonderful ladies from the Austin-based company, GirlsGuild. Started in 2012 after the founders Cheyenne Weaver and Diana Griffin met as students, Girls Guild began as a service that offers apprenticeships for girls, by girls. They connect girls and women with artists and makers to build a supportive, collaborative community and after having multiple friends partner with them, I was honored when they approached me this summer.

    GirlsGuild defines apprenticeship as more hands-on than a “mentorship”, and more supportive than an “internship”. In an apprenticeship, a maker works one-on-one with a girl interested in learning the skills of her art. It's about getting real world experience of a maker's work and lifestyle, and building some serious skills in a particular area of making.

    Having had my share of mentors and interns, I have always been interested in the alternate realm of education through the hands-on ability of trail and error. Over coffee and messy breakfast tacos, Cheyenne, Diana and I talked for hours about what an apprenticeship would look like for me and we decided to try and roll the collectively run art space I am a member of into the mix. Thankfully the team at MASS loved the idea and BAM! we put together a wish list for a dream apprentice to help MASS develop some ambitious plans! Since going live a few days ago, we have a small group of girls interested and I am excited to begin the interview process. Starting January 2014 and going through April, I will check back in on how its going, however I can honestly say that the past work that GirlsGuild has done is amazing and I can't wait to report our story as it unfolds.

  • Studio Visits

    Photo by Adrienne Breaux

    I just had a delightful studio visit with one of my favorite Austin photographers, Elizabeth Chiles. We discussed many things from Lavender Vanilla donuts to why not going to art openings won't kill you but forcing yourself to go to one just might. It was a wonderful Sunday morning and ended in a terrific artwork exchange where we both walked away with a new piece to add to our collection. It also reminded me of how important having conversations in your studio can be. It is a space not unlike your living room, intimate and snug, and the topic surely starts out about artwork and studio practice, but can equally end up being about any number of things. Sometimes the pressure to perform as an artist can stifle honest and easy dialogue, but I can say for now I have been very lucky to have eager and curious visitors open to answers like "I'm actually not quite sure why I did that." For instance, over the summer I visited with Adrienne Breaux from CultureMap Austin and we had a great interaction diving into the history of why I began making art and what kind of artwork I am interested in making now. It was a great article and even months later, I am struck by how spot on some of her observations were. After this weekend's visit I believe I am hooked and now want to host impromptu tea parties at my studio just to see what kind of tête-à-tête I can experience!

  • More LEIF

    Fresh work up on LEIF and now the fourth grouping I have sent to the Brooklyn shop run by sweetheart, Stacy Longenecker. This is also the last little batch I'll have available this summer, since I am days away from Oaxaca! Check out the other artists she showcases, too. I am especially in love with Lola Donague's punchy prints.

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  • Go Forth

    Couldn't-be-sweeter Chelsea Fullerton of Go Forth Creative was featured in the first ever issue of Bungalow magazine and she is looking good! I first met Chelsea when she popped over to my studio to pick out artwork for her soon-to-be home, but I had been a longtime fan of her design work as Go Forth Creative and the collaborative work she does with a group of artists and creative thinkers called The Ruby. I was incredibly flattered to have her interested in my work and especially tickled to see within the glossy pages of Bungalow the small work she picked out gracefully placed amongst her fantastic collection of books and vintage cameras. The feature is fantastic and I am excited to see more from Bungalow's perspective on "Texas urban living"!

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  • ¡vamanos!

    As promised, here is the scoop on my upcoming plans to jet set to Oaxaca for three whole weeks this summer! I was excitedly accepted to attend a short residency program to learn about natural pigments and paper and cloth dying techniques through the Arquetopia Oaxaca program. Arquetopia is a nonprofit foundation promoting development, social transformation and productivity through artistic, cultural, and educational programs.  They are experienced in negotiation and reinvestment of resources for local arts development in Mexico and pair international artists with local artists for a truly rewarding exchange of information, skills and community.

    During my Arquetopia residency, I will use my time to learn the skilled craft of cultivating natural dyes from the landscape and ecosystem of Southern Mexico from a wealth of talented local artists. I hope to integrate a richer material nature into my work and provide an intersection of my current abstract painting practice with that of a long-standing Mexican tradition. In tandem with learning these skills, I am also hoping to use this opportunity to explore my identity as a second generation Mexican American and begin investigating the incorporation of these ancestral traditions into my contemporary practice. 

    It has been 6 years since I last visited Mexico and I can't wait to be surrounded by the sounds, smells, colors and food that stole my heart back in 2004 when I first studied there. More pictures will certainly follow but in the meantime, I am desperately trying to find my acento again so I can at least order a taco without embarassing myself. Ah, the plight of a second generation Tejana!

  • daily candy

    Today's posting on Daily Candy boosts my work to a wide audience, many of which are just starting their own fledgling art collection. I love working for new collectors and part of the joy in creating work for them is their curiosity to understand something that is new and beautiful to them. Sometimes entrenched in the arts as much as I am, I forget that art to the unindoctrinated is a mystery, that the difference between canvas and panel or Prussian blue and Yves Klein blue is unrecognizable and insignificant. However, it is precisely these little details that artists pride themselves on and in the case of myself, I don’t mind explaining. I like witnessing the discovery process unfold and knowing via my work people are becoming more educated about contemporary art. I am excited and flattered by the Internet attention because it means I get to share my work with more people, but as the DC posting states, if you are interested in my work it all starts with a chat and informal conversation about how you see living with art.

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  • Knowing me, knowing you

    This Spring I was invited to join AMOA-Arthouse's Advanced Young Artist program. This program pairs exemplary high school art students, who have limited access to visual art resources, with working artists from the Austin area. Each Saturday, my high school mentee Rocío and I hang out researching artists or checking out art around town talking about our observations. Mostly, and most rewardingly, we just make things together in my studio listening to loud music and daydreaming about plants and bright colors. Being a mentor can be an interesting and scary experience that is unlike the typical teacher/student relationship with its own set of dynamics. Having had my own mentor when I was a wee artist, I can honestly say the experience left an indelible mark on my upbringing and shaped the person I am today. Challenging at times, I am eager to see how my time with Rocío shapes her and frankly, influences me. Excitedly our time together culminates in an exhibition with the seven-month collaboration at its core running from July 14-September 1. If you are in the area, check it out!

    Rocío helping me at Lawndale, March 2013

  • ¿que what?

    West Texas calls again! Super pumped about a little upcoming show at Murphy St. Raspa Company this coming July. Located in the old Valadez Grocery Store in Alpine, Texas, the Murphy St. Raspa Company offers a blend of delicious treats for the palate and the eyes. ¿Que es una raspa, you ask? Well, it's a snow cone with Mexican charm and I hope to stuff myself silly with them as I show off new work and simulataneously enjoy the spring fed pools of Balmorhea State Park and the country tunes of the annual VIVA BIG BEND festival. ¡Que chido!

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  • Design For Mankind

    Thrilled to be included on one of my favorite blogs today! Design for Mankind gives advice for tackling the sometimes muddy intersection between one's creative mind and the real world. Not only tackle it but how to wow it with grace and style! Erin Loechner and her team put together a dynamic and visually stimulating blog chock full of beautiful things and inspirations for greatness. Summed up in her own words Loechner describes her blog as, an ongoing dinner party conversation with me and the people/objects/ideas that inspire me from a variety of mediums: art, fashion, design, science, technology, history. Come, sit at my table. I’d love to have you.

    I was pleased as punch to be invited to her party! BTW Her Instagram feed is pretty great, too, and even though I have no little ones of my own her Design for Minikind site is also quite addictive :)

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  • LEIF

    I was so absolutely thrilled to be approached by Stacy Longenecker last November to be a part of LEIF's newest venture in art! I have been a huge fan of LEIF for some time and stalk the Brooklyn-based online shop when I need a little cheery pick me up. The beautifully curated shop of pretties that makes up LEIF was founded in early 2011 by Stacy Anne Longenecker and her mission to celebrate beauty in the everyday is certainly an admirable one. Please check out the special edition I did just for her and while you're at it browse the rest of her shop, I guarantee you'll fall in love, too.

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  • Spin Crowd

    Sweet article in Houston's Modern Luxury magazine from Houston arts writer, Dan Oko, gets into the groovier aspects of my artmaking practice. In other news, I am really really looking forward to my public program at Lawndale next weekend. Let's see how Houston likes a good old fashioned Record Swap. More details soon!

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  • Beautiful Decay

    Great news! Thank you to artist and writer, Danny Olda, for the mention in this weekend's Beautiful Decay blog. I loved his careful consideration to the material I use and the method in which I tackle composition, so very thoughtful.

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  • Olive Vintage + Me

    I am pleased as punch to be showcasing new work at my favorite sweetheart of a stylist Laura Uhlir's new shop Olive Vintage! The perfect little shop to satisfy even the pickiest clotheshoud, Olive is nestled in East Austin's Domy Books alongside another stellar shop, Paper Party! Sounds too good to be true and I'll be installing a large baby up on the walls, so come out if you're in the area or stay tuned for pics! ♥

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  • say you


    Oh wow! Andy Campbell, art lecturer at Texas State University and current Art History Ph.D student at The University of Texas, wrote a sweet interview article with me in the local paper. This hilarious candid shot pretty much sums up my summer studio vibe this year 

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  • sitting pretty

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    This past Saturday, a few new works graced the walls of Take Heart and my littles never looked so lovely! We had a grand time with delicious treats and conversation flowed with friends old and new. Nina Gordon, the Take Heart owner, was such a gracious hostess and if you are in the Eastside Austin area, take a peek at the work and say hello!

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  • take heart

    This Saturday, I am super excited to be included on the walls of Take Heart, one of my most favorite Austin shops. Nina Gordonthe sweetheart behind this boutiquewill be celebrating one year of business with a spirted soiree, complete with sweet treats from Red Rabbit Bakery! My work will be up for a little while and I made paintings just for the ocassion, catering to all kinds of checkbook sizes. Please stop by and check them out, I guarantee you'll walk out with something irresistible from the shop, even if it's not one of my works :)

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  • Noted

    You can find a little interview with me written up in this month's local glossy mag, Tribeza.    

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