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ISFB back in the USA and in residence at Cherryhurst House

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Yup. We did it.

Through miracles, extreme generosity and a lot of hard work,In Search of the Frightening & Beautiful made it to Argentina. 10 months. 14 countries. And more new images, stories and new relationships than I can currently wrap my mind around.

Through the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015, a book was made and planning was done to get the project back on the road. Then in January last year, Cherryhurst House, a new artist residency and exhibition space in Houston, appeared on my horizon. Through the acquisition of my piece Triumph and an invitation to reside and make new art work in there 2016, they provided not only most of the funding for the journey, but a safe landing spot and the space and time I'll need to consider what it all means and figure out how to move forward.

This means lots of new art work. An exhibition at CH in September. And many opportunities to create, write, discuss, collaborate and connect to anyone who wants to know. It's exciting.

This spring there will be many opportunities for folks to kick back, enjoy a beverage and to get to know more about In Search of the Frightening & Beautiful and Cherryhurst House. A participating venue in the Houston photography biennial FotoFest International, CH is throwing its doors wide open through new regular open hours and special evening soirées. Photo-based work by Barbara Levine/Project B and Daniela Edburg will be on view, as I conduct informal studio tours and show images from my journey through the Americas.

So come on down! We want to meet you. There are many stories to tell..
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an upcoming residency begets an epic life change!!

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A few months ago, I was invited by the most honorable Mr. Bernard Leibov to do an artist residency at BoxoPROJECTS, a fledgling program in Joshua Tree, CA, dedicated to bringing contemporary art to the "new frontier" as he describes it.

This would mean:
  • Leaving NYC for 2 and a half months.
  • Quitting the job I've worked full time for over 6 years
  • Taking off on a dream-like epic journey by motorcycle across the country and back, alone. No comfortable apartment with secure garage. No dog. No boyfriend to bail me out of tough situations (including loneliness).

I said "yes" without even thinking about it.

This April, under the guise of a project I'm calling, a flight in search of the frightening and beautiful, I will ride my motorbike down south and across the TX, NM, AZ and CA deserts to Joshua Tree, stay for a month, and return by a northern route from San Francisco up across the northern Rockies. Along the way, I will visit sites I find deeply fascinating, beautiful, and/or disturbing, sites in the landscape that exhibit dramatic transformations as a result of some man-made action done in the name of art, science or "progress". I plan on collecting evidence of these places - texts, artifacts or other memorabilia - and in exchange, I will leave behind a small "piece" of myself in the form of a body part or bike part, rendered in thread and tacked to gates or dropped in the dirt for anyone to encounter, take and keep. The project blog's URL (http://thefrighteningandbeautiful.blogspot.com) will be sewn to each piece to enable finders to get more info and to follow the project and its trail of breadcrumbs.

While in Joshua Tree, whose environs are rife with all kinds of fantastically beautiful manmade interventions (abandoned mines, water diversion pumps, toxic waste dump sites and site-specific sculptures), I will make a series of embroidered studies: layered compositions integrating images and information I encounter onsite and on the road. Eventually these will lead to a series of embroidered works much larger in scope and scale.

Of course I am going to have to raise (forgive me) a shit-pile of money to do this, to pay for gas, food, random bike repairs, and the NYC metro-area rent that still must be paid while I'm gone. So I do hope you all will bear with me as I hit you up for nickels and dimes in a soon-to-be-announced crowd funding campaign. There will be some nice little perks (including original artworks for big bucks) and I plan on updating the blog as frequently as possible with stories, pictures and GPS tracks to keep folks apprised of my comings and goings.

So… STAY TUNED M'DARLIN'S!!

Heather
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in progress: t-shirt design for The Badger - Made in Trenton

badgerdrawing1For the last month or two, my boyfriend Drue Pennella, co-founder of a new media company called Pure Motion Pictures, has been working on a documentary called The Badger: Made in Trenton. This is the story of a man who has obsessively taken on the task of creating a speed demon out of a particular brand of motorcycle better known for its clunky, utilitarian character (and frankly, for its lack of reliability). Appropriately enough, this is a film without a budget, which Drue, his partner and a small number of devoted friends have been working on in between full-time jobs and various paying gigs - necessitating the need for a crowd funding campaign to raise the bare essentials…

…which is where these t-shirts come in. Artificial Heart is a name and concept I've had in my head for a good year now. It's a line of clothing and accessories I hope to gradually build into a brand that will meld art project ideas with accessible, affordable, wearable pieces. It's in its earliest developmental stages… and "The Badger" has provided me the opportunity to make my first limited edition collection, as a "perk" for those who contribute $100 or more to the campaign.

These are some early sketches and source materials… I expect to have the shirts designed and printed by mid-December, fingers crossed.

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Meanwhile, for a little taste of the film, check out this teaser, and stay tuned…

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