Above is a trial run in my studio in Boulder of the “inhabited drawings” that are inspired by the work of Portuguese artist Helena Almeida.
I am leaving today for Portugal for the artist residency at the Obras Foundation and to continue my research and work in relationship to Portuguese artist Helena Almeida. During the last few weeks I have been working with British fashion designer Bella Newell making fabric constructions for a series of “inhabited drawings” that I will create while in Portugal. Bella’s skills and talent have been invaluable.
These constructions are based on a series of geometric drawings I made in 2013 in gouache and pencil. I decided to remake these drawings out of meters of black and red fabric and “inhabit” them in my studio in Portugal. I will have a photographer at Obras photograph me “inhabiting” these constructions and then paint the prints with Helena’s and my signature blue paint.
I will meet Cydney Payton tomorrow in Lisbon and we will be there for several days before going to our residency at the Obras Foundation. We are both excited that we will be meeting several contemporary curators and people who know and have worked with Helena Almeida while we are in Lisbon. I will post from Lisbon and keep you abreast of my journey. Just wanted to let you know I am on my way!
Below are the drawings that these constructions and “inhabited drawings” are based on.
7 thoughts on “Constructions in my Boulder studio for my studio in Portugal – posted Boulder Sept 14 2015”
Bon voyage! Have a wonderful time an be sure to send us regular reports. Love and xoxo
Thanks dearest Jennifer!
Weird and lovely idea, the inhabiting of your art! I’m teaching in Laramie for 2 months and will get to Boulder at least once, but you’ll be in Portugla the whole time? (Sept. 22-Nov.22) Enjoy, ox, Lucy
Two things sprung strongly into my mind… the first was the ” Turin Shroud”, whether authentic or not, and the other was a photorgapher , and I will have to find his name, who specialises in setting scenes and taking shots of children who have conditions which cripple them, and the resulting images are beautiful and healing..you are continuing something thought provoking on many levels.XXX
Thank you Priscilla. Let me know if you remember the name. xo Sherry
I am excited to see how this will progress. The fabric pieces look great.
Thanks Barb! We are in Lisbon and it is a beautiful city. xo S