Their California girls are beautiful, but they’re also strong, or surly, or warped by the pressure to inhabit the dream so often touted by America’s golden coast. The lissome pinup, beckoning you to the shore, is replaced by the skater girl with chopped hair; the Latinx girl posing in her purple quinceañera dress; the muscular surfer girl, fresh from the waves, and holding up a board emblazoned with a message from God that could either be an invitation or a threat. Welcome to paradise.
Vouge, MARCH 8, 2017
by Maya Singer
“Do not fall in love with people like me. I will take you to museums, and parks, and monuments, and kiss you in every beautiful place, so that you can never go back to them without tasting me like blood in your mouth. I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible. And when I leave you will finally understand, why storms are named after people.” ― Caitlyn Siehl,
Stitch Fetish, Erotic Stitch an annual exhibit at the Hive Gallery in DTLA
It is a platform to relax people’s tension about expectations placed upon them by society. It is humorous artwork meant to address serious social and personal issues that affect people’s lives worldwide. Such issues that lead to depression, persecution, and even execution. At some point somebody has to find a common ground that we can all relate to and which we can have a civil conversation.
“We all have sex and we all look silly doing it, and if you’re not laughing while you’re having sex then you’re probably not doing it right at some point—not saying you should be laughing at every minute. And I think that’s what’s so great about this show, is that it captures the joy and silliness of sexuality more than what you’re supposed to look at, what’s pretty, what’s hot.” Ellen Schinderman
“Shadow boxes become poetic theater or settings wherein are metamorphosed the elements of a childhood pastime. The fragile, shimmering globules become the shimmering but more enduring planets—a connotation of moon and tides—the association of water less subtle, as when driftwood pieces make up a proscenium to set off the dazzling white of sea foam and billowy cloud crystallized in a pipe of fancy.” ― Joseph Cornell
I have always been fascinated in the exploration of structure, line, light and shadow. for as long as I remember I have collected discarded materials, scavenged trinkets from thrift stores and have enjoy spending time in salvage yards. After forging shapes and arbitrary pieces of metal, wood, wire, chain… I pick from my palette of junque. I look for compositional interest, shape, and a certain emotional response. I know the metal skeleton is fully realized when I recognize a balance between line, shadow, balance, buoyancy and reflection. I may assimilate with drops of crystals, rusty fragments and reflective pieces that I have found in broken mirrors, reclaimed copper and metal wires. I entwine them into the structural forms. For me, the beauty of the shadows is always important especially when they cross light and reflection - it is a show in itself. To capture the shadows, light, and reflective objects and then to watch them dance, has been an important conclusion of my process.
Lighting our homes can sometimes be challenging. The right lamp or lampshade can cast the entire room in a different light or serve as a work of art on its own. I’d like to think that my lamps are more than just a light source that doubles as a work of art.