Written by one of my favorite authors, this is a book about
voice, silence, motherhood, family, loss and creativity. One of the highlights
of my year was seeing Terry read from it at Commonweal in May – you could hear
it too, thanks to the New
It is a rare thing in my
experience for a photography book to possess the depth of emotional content
that this one does. Rebecca Norris Webb made this series of powerful
photographs after the untimely death of her brother, and I could feel her grappling with the edge between the
living and the dying in these pictures. Her handwritten text runs throughout
the book adding personal and poetic meaning.
Chris McCaw has created a
fabulous series of photographs that are simple yet profound renderings of the
path the sun and moon make across his paper negatives – literally burning the
paper at times with the extreme length of exposure. I love how one of the very
first images has a burn mark right through the paper page as if it were one of
his prints – it’s so tactile and succinctly describes his process.
With two young girls in my
house, most of the books I read are for the 2-4 year old. Mo Willems is a master in that category.
This is my personal favorite among his many wonderful titles, because he did
something so clever in this book that breaks down the distance between the
reader and the characters of Piggie and Elephant. I will let you read it to
find it out, as it offers a good chuckle for kids and adults alike.
I am always on the look out
for a good book about the creative process -- this is my pick for 2012. It is
light-hearted in size and style, but the wisdom is spot on. One of my favorite
bits of insight was the permission to work analog even in this digital age – to
work with the tools that best suit your own rhythm. This book is one I am
keeping in the studio to flip through whenever I need a little creative
I am a mixed media photographer and a lover of old maps, surrealism, the ocean, and the body’s wealth of wisdom. I started this blog in 2007 to chronicle my experiences in my actual art studio, but overtime have come to learn that the studio has no boundaries. Wherever I am being creative is my studio. Here you can learn more about my sources of inspiration, new work in progress, playful projects with my young daughters, and more. Enjoy!