Projects

APRIL 2014
art_words1

Welcome writers! Per the notice you’ve received please choose any one, two, or combination of all three images below, and write a short story. If you click on the images they will enlarge, and a larger gallery for easier viewing will come up.

Submissions should be short story, poetry or other word submission of 1,500 words or less. Please email me (catherine@mindmarrow.com) the story by June 26, use the subject line “Art + Words”, and let me know which image you’ve used as a writer’s prompt.

Depending on the amount and quality of responses, we may attempt to publish the works in another format. Should we do so, we will first contact you for permission, and you will receive full credit for your work. We’re excited to see what you dream up. Thank you for your consideration in this project, and happy writing!

Pictures for you:

DECEMBER 2014

lantern_journal

I’ve just had published the first of what I hope to be many more collaborations between artists and writers. I introduced Baltimore, MD-based writer Meghan E. Hunt to the work of Portland, OR-based artist Ann Ploeger. Meghan wrote a delightful and haunting short story inspired by the artist’s series of photographs called “My Melinda”. I had the piece published in the Lantern Journal (Volume II, Issue 4) this past Winter. Looking forward to bridging more artists and writers again soon!

 

NOVEMBER 2013
coloring_book_mailchimp

 

I am very excited to announce that my latest project, a coloring book, is now available on Amazon!

I’ve been working on this labor of love over the past five years, and it’s finally finished. Sort of. You need to color it though, and send me your images;-) A great gift idea for yourself, or any ravenous or reticent contemporary art lover. Here’s the description from Amazon:

“An homage in the form of a coloring book, a “True Democracy” is meant for artists and non-artists alike. Over 150 coloring pages, all after major thinkers and makers of contemporary art over the past 150 years. The book acts as an art history lesson in lines and a delightful springboard for further inquiry. There are directions in the book about sending colored images to the artist for documentation of this coloring project. While this is a coloring book and a great gift item, there are a few images parents may want to review before handing it over to your budding Picasso.”

JULY 2013

images above courtesy of the artist Catherine Haley Epstein.

20130323-181649.jpgtoujours la même chose, image courtesy Catherine Haley Epstein

JUNE 2013

Sorting the Seeds
Friday, June 7, 2013

I am excited to have a solo show at Pushdot Studio this June which will take further the work I’ve done on Psyche’s journey of tasks. The works chosen for this exhibit will explore the first task she was given – Sorting the Seeds. After being presented with a granary full of various seeds (millet, corn, beans etc), Psyche was asked by Aphrodite to sort them. Psyche was overwhelmed with the task, and weeped in disappointment. Meanwhile, some ants came to her rescue and separated them out swiftly.

The task is a metaphor of taking stock of all the possibilities and emotions at the beginning of a transition period. Through the act of sorting, one becomes clear on priorities and goals, on our nature and our proclivities. Clarifying systems, setting boundaries and understanding what is essential.

Needles to say, as any act of sorting makes clear, the works presented at Pushdot will vary in medium and in subject, always coming from the same intention – to clarify what it is exactly that fuels my art practice. Being a working artist, navigating the art world, art history and art in general society can be overwhelming. With doubt as the cornerstone of my studio practice, I am continually compelled to recheck my boundaries, goals, technique and purpose. At times I have walked away from my art practice, only to realize that it compels me and keeps me breathing. Knowing this I seek my ants regularly – those things in my life that ground me – for fear of being completely overwhelmed.

DECEMBER 2012

20130323-181059.jpgsearching for invisible permission, image courtesy Catherine Haley Epstein

Learning to Say No
Thursday, December 6, 2012

I will have a solo show this December at LinkSoul LAB in Oceanside, California. Reception details:

530 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA
Opening Reception Thursday December 6, 7-9 PM

The work for this show is inspired by my recent research on the myth of Aphrodite and Psyche. Psyche in love with Eros, Aphrodite’s son, is desperate to see him – she goes to Aphrodite to have permission to see him. Aphrodite says yes, pending her successful attempts at four seemingly impossible tasks. The task I am focusing on with these works is “Learning to Say No”. For this fourth and final task Psyche was to go to the underworld to fetch something from Persephone on behalf of Aphrodite. On her way down she was to encounter many pathetic people, horrific situations and general destitution. Her task was to say no three times to anyone asking her for help on the way down.

To me this symbolizes a conundrum we face in contemporary life – given the amount of serious situations and incredible misfortune we are exposed to on a world-wide scale, how and when can we suppress compassion and say no? As a woman and mother too I think there is a tendency to be incredibly open to helping others, with no certain limits on compassion. We’re wired this way. How do we say no so we can remain focused, and remain open?

I’ve used imagery and source material from the 1940s and 50s, in this suite of work I’ve explored through text, photographs, paintings and drawings our capacity for compassion in the face of overwhelming adversity and tragedy. The time period of the 40s and 50s in particular stands out as it was a period of major turbulence despite glossy media images that would suggest otherwise. Our world today seems similar in many ways.

20130323-183354.jpgpoupée abandonnée, image courtesy Catherine Haley Epstein

NOVEMBER 2011

Your Voices: On Motherhood
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An ongoing series of my work “There is no “I” in Mother” was just accepted to the International Museum of Women’s exhibit On Motherhood. Your Voices On Motherhood is a curated online exhibition of over 30 extraordinary and compelling works by artists across the globe on the topic of motherhood. The exhibition is the result of a global call for submissions, asking artists, writers, and journalists around the world to send stories related to modern motherhood. IMOW curated a selection of 34 stories from 600 submissions that came in from all over the world.

The pieces exhibited as part of Your Voices on Motherhood will come from 21 different countries and address a variety of topics, including motherhood and identity, work, health, pregnancy, alternative mothering, generational differences, and much more. I am excited my work will be participating in such a large and compelling dialog.

The description of my work chosen for the IMOW exhibit:

There are shades of identities we navigate throughout our lives as daughter and mother. We are conditioned by cultural norms, family, our peers and media. The identity that comes from and qualities that define motherhood are always changing. How do we identify with our mothers once we are mothers? How do we remove certain identities to become a mother? How do we choose to identify with others?

At times, women may resist the label of “mother,” and try to retain independence from their children and resist the domesticity that is entrenched with motherhood. Or, as children grow older, a mother can lose her identity a bit as the child becomes more independent. This shift can provide a great sense of respect and pride in the parent, or it could present a great sense of anxiety and disillusion.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s