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Moves for a New Year

It’s New Year’s Eve.  Nathan and I are at home, childless for the evening.  We’ve been working on a project I highlighted in a post on our Combinatory Art in Motion Blog.  I hope you’ll check it out.  I’ve included a few of the photos from the warm up of our photo shoot just for fun.  Dancing isn’t easy for me physically, but small moves go a long way in liberating my spirit.  So, Happy New Year and I wish you all time to dance in your own way:)!!!!

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A New Series in The Making: Meditating Possibilities

Meditating Possibilities # 2
Graphite on Paper
9″ x 12″
Holly Suzanne , December 2012


IMG_6421Meditating Realities # 1
Graphite on Paper
9″ x 12″
Holly Suzanne, December  2012


Meditating Possibilities # 3

Holly Suzanne, 2012

As some of my readers have noted, I’ve been waiting for some kind of inspiration as of late, feeling bogged down and bound up with a long Christmas list of to-do”s. Typically,  when this happens I find myself day dreaming, gazing, reading, or honestly DOING anything that isn’t directly creative in a zombie like procrastinating state,  but thankfully,  this is lifting, thanks in part to my husband who just happened to place one of my hats atop a Buddha statue  that sits atop our built in buffet in the dining room.  Often over the past few days, I’ve  found myself gazing at it, captivated by the transformative reality the small hat claims,  and so it was that yesterday I decided to play dress up so to speak with various hats from our wardrobe.  In my dress series, I engaged the idea of identity via style and fashion particularly related to gender, but this dressing strikes me in another way.  The Buddha statue adorned with various hats is an odd juxtaposition of physical and spiritual dimensions.  It reminds me so of a phrase I read long ago as part of an essay on Liberation Theology that encouraged a spirituality where one’s “feet are planted in mid-air” (author unknown).  In an odd way these works remind me of that.  We are living after all,  bound to our bodies, our vulnerabilities, our lives, and yet to transcend these things, to meditate and find peace requires a meditative other wordly stance often referred to as meditation.  This is something I think of often, seeking to find balance in my life.  In this case it appears, at least for the time being in this new series.  

To see a book of the dress series with paintings by me and poetry by Nathan Filbert please visit:  Paper Dolls: A Dress Series in Paint and Poetry

Saltwater Play

I’m home and slowing moving back into a routine here  in Wichita.  As I prepare tomorrow for my first day back in the studio since my trip, I thought I’d share a few artifacts of my time in Mexico.   These simple paintings of water and sky were created by combining water from the Sea of Cortez and gouache paint from home.  It created a really interesting effect that still surprises me as I look at them more closely at home.








Morning Coffee and Watercolor Rain

This morning Nathan and I are sitting at Mead’s Corner having coffee (this is where my work is up this month).  We happen to be positioned in a sunny room right in front of this piece, “Watercolor Rain”, which is a mixed media collage on board.  It suites my mood this morning, so I share it here.  There’s something about the way she stands, turned away, head down.  I experience the piece as a  melancholy calm, with hints of passion and memory, nostalgia and wistful remembering,  Some of my pieces hit me this way.  So much of my experience and way of experiencing are worked out in the making, each artifact a part of an intricate tapestry of being.  So I let it ruminate,  and allow myself to feel.



In The Studio


Yesterday I posted a process work after cleaning my studio.  Today I’m posting one small area of my studio and a close up of one sculptural piece I completed about a year ago.  Sometimes it’s just nice to sit back and look, to see things with fresh eyes.  It’s gorgeous outside today, clear and about 70 degrees.  The sun is shining, I’m home between clients at my office.  A breather.  We all need it.


A Life in Relation To Art


IN my own life in relation to art certain things catch my eye.  If I’m lucky enough to have a camera handy I can capture that image.  The image above, is of my step daughter.  It’s an image I return to repeatedly, each time I scroll through my photos, and each time I stop to ponder what it is that she’s thinking.  Such a beauty she is.  So complex.  I’m not sure I’ll ever know what she was thinking, and it’s in this that I relish.  To be an observer is a gift.    Such is the way of art.

Many of you know that I love painting and sculpting dresses. I wanted to share these amazing sculptural pieces featured on Canadian Art Junkie! Just fabulous!


Canadian Art Junkie

Costume designer Alex Gilbert created this tutu out of treated paper bags, in the mode of  The Paper Bag Princess, the beloved children’s tale by Canadian storyteller Robert Munsch. It’s one of 60 made by artists, designers and the community for The Tutu Project, a celebration of the National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary.

Lululemon lead designer Antonia Iamartino accentuates the classical aesthetic with the use of Lululemon stretch fabric and technical construction for a high performance garment.  It’s inspired by Swan Lake.

The Lemkos Tutu, by well-known multi-disciplinary artist Noel Middleton, is inspired by the characteristic design of early Slavic churches and is made entirely from reclaimed and collected wood.

This Proud as a Peacock tutu, from Pride Toronto 2011, carries 800 messages of hope and celebration on the paper feathers that make up the body and tulle-tail.

Toronto fibre artist Molly Grundy supervised this film-inspired creation, contributed…

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