Capital Trail Piece

The Virginia Capital Trail is a car free bike trail that runs from Richmond to Williamsburg, and was the site of an ill-fated art piece during my first semester of grad school at VCU.
Pre-trip thinking everything will be ok.

The plan was to do mono-printed spoke cards with people under the bridge in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond, at the trail head. After that my friend Ryann Giorgi and I would ride the trail, camp, and do the project the next day in Williamsburg.
This was only half successful, as we did the art activity in Richmond with one person because it was abnormally cold that weekend.
P1010528The dog was better than the art.
The spoke-cards didn’t look very good, and took forever to dry because it was so cold.

Ryann, brave camera person, had a better attitude at most points.
Riding in the cold, I felt like a bag of lead, doubling socks didn’t work.
We finally made it to our campsite as the sun set, and spent a chilly evening tending to a fire, and lingering in the campsite bathroom because it had heat.
The next day I woke up to stiff, painful knees and after some sulking (me) the decision was made to take a shuttle back to Richmond from the Jamestown Historic Site.
The intended art projects didn’t happen, and my idealistic dreams about how brilliant my community engaged art piece were harshly put into perspective by the forces of nature, and reality.
What came out of the trip was more experience, and a better understanding of the importance of logistics in community based works.
Explained in comic form:
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Graeme Sullivan (2005) stated inĀ Art Practice As Research, “Making informed choices about creative ends and means involves selecting, adapting, and constructing ways of working and ways of seeing” (p.179).
This piece was an exercise in adaptation, and failure. Failure isn’t a bad thing, other than hurt pride, it’s where better art comes from, and hopefully next attempt will be better.


NCMA Teen Arts Council ArtScene- Printbike’s first voyage

I was happy to join the Teen Arts Council recently for their spring event as a featured artist. I brought with me a ‘print bike’, a cart made from scrap materials that houses easily accessible print making materials. This project was a marriage of my love of cycling culture, and art. I am interested in how the two commingle, and hope to add to that.
After finishing a course in letterpress at UNC Chapel Hill this semester, I was able to borrow a small press, along with a few lino-cut blocks mounted to type high.
The blocks featured a few prompts in the form of empty text message conversations, hashtags, and the prompt “I didn’t have a smartphone I would ______.”
People of all ages were invited to learn the basics of letterpress, print their own image, and write in their response.
My aim was to pair low-fi, easily learned printing techniques within theme of modern technology, aiming to show that the handmade can coexist with the digital realm. This was done in good humor, to poke some fun at the use of hashtags, the pitfalls of texting, and to get people thinking what they would do without their dang phones!
Through this initial debut of the print bike I learned what worked, and what did not work. I blown away by the receptiveness of everyone to learn, and play along. Responses ranged from thoughtful, and serious to sarcastic and hilarious. I hope, and plan to bring printbike to more planned and pop-up events in an effort to spread art education in a fun, two-wheeled way.IMG_2972IMG_3013IMG_3090IMG_3146IMG_3170IMG_3191IMG_2949