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It’s a rainy day in the Seattle suburbs, but at least the birds are singing.

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These are some of my favorite fire images from my residency in Arizona with Signal Fire. A couple years ago, I started taking photos of our campfires. Now, I’m reenergized to continue this series. 

Deer Creek Canyon, Mazatzal Wilderness, Tonto National Forest, Arizona

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Here are some more images from my residency with Signal Fire. It occurs to me that the work from this residency revolves quite naturally around themes of nature: earth, water, fire. Look in earlier posts for earth, and stay tuned for fire images to come soon!

Mazatzal Wilderness, Tonto National Forest, Arizona

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I just returned from a week backpacking in the Arizona wilderness. I was on a residency with Signal Fire, a fantastic organization that takes artists into the wild to think about the relationships between art and nature and landscape.

Each day, one participant led a “deep play” exercise for the group. When it was my turn, I invited everyone to collaborate to create a cairn village in the riverbed. The whole process was meditative and mindful. We worked in silence, and then surveyed our work.

In the spirit of “leave no trace”, I tore it down once I got the photos. I was torn, because despite the ideal of leaving no trace I’m drawn to the comfort that cairns bring. A cairn represents other human interaction, coming upon one indicates that I’m not lost. Even though I might be the only person for miles, there is a kind of conversation that happens through cairns between strangers and over time. There’s something really special about that relationship.

Stay tuned for more images to come.

Mazatzal Wilderness, Tonto National Forest, Arizona, USA

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Bronwyn Oliver was an Australian #sculptor. Her lovely, intricate globes and organic shapes make me want to get back in the shop!

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I’m making a little progress learning the ins and outs of the D800. I have some good models to practice on!

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 Bruce Nauman, For Beginners (all the combinations of the thumb and fingers), 2010, HD video installation (color, stereo sound)

I love this mesmerizing piece by Bruce Nauman at LACMA. I could watch it for hours.

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 Bruce Nauman, For Beginners (all the combinations of the thumb and fingers), 2010, HD video installation (color, stereo sound)

I love this mesmerizing piece by Bruce Nauman at LACMA. I could watch it for hours.

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Ruth Asawa's delicate-looking metal #sculptures are tugging at my heart-strings today. I love this dichotomy between a material as seemingly immutable as metal and her intricate, lacy forms that exude a sense of fragility. 

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I love this photo of my #dog, Kala! She loves her morning run/walk.

I love this photo of my #dog, Kala! She loves her morning run/walk.

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I spent yesterday in the metal shop cutting rings for the sculpture I’m making. After experimenting with two methods of cutting, I’m not sure exactly how to proceed. The two rings at the top right were cut using a horizontal bandsaw. They are really quick and easy but they come out jagged which means I have to file them a little bit before welding. The two rings on the bottom left were cut using a lathe. It’s easy to see how much nicer the cuts are. The problem is, they take about 3x longer to cut. So, now I’m wondering if I should worry about the craftsmanship and take the extra time now, or just barrel ahead with the quicker/easier but messier rings and clean things up later?

I spent yesterday in the metal shop cutting rings for the sculpture I’m making. After experimenting with two methods of cutting, I’m not sure exactly how to proceed. The two rings at the top right were cut using a horizontal bandsaw. They are really quick and easy but they come out jagged which means I have to file them a little bit before welding. The two rings on the bottom left were cut using a lathe. It’s easy to see how much nicer the cuts are. The problem is, they take about 3x longer to cut. So, now I’m wondering if I should worry about the craftsmanship and take the extra time now, or just barrel ahead with the quicker/easier but messier rings and clean things up later?

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Finally! After at least a month of non-stop rain, it’s #sunny! I’ve been collecting #shadow images of my #dogs for a while now. This is the first set of shadow #stencils from today’s work. Gotta try some different surfaces and color combinations.

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"#Rejection might be just the thing your #creativity needs to thrive. Research has also shown that rejection can enhance creativity in individuals who embrace it."

It’s Not An Innovative Idea Until It Gets Rejected (via fastcompany)

(via fastcompany)