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Primal Sympathies is a sketchbook that follows the falling Autumn Leaves that augur the cherry blossoms announcing the arrival of Spring. Black ants crawling through dried leaves encounter red ants crawling along branches hosting swollen buds about to burst into full bloom.

This progression of colour — parched red, orange and brown leaves that give life to pink blossoms that intensify as springtime unfolds  — is the landscape for ink drawings of determined ants crawling steadily through the cycle of the seasons. These interpretive botanical drawings are informed by William Wordsworth’s Ode: Intimations of Immortality.

Though nothing can bring back the hour
of splendour in the grass, or glory in the flower;

we will grieve not, rather find
strength in what remains behind,
in the primal sympathy
which having been must ever be.

Moving forward, Primal Sympathies has left the studio for an opening at the Brooklyn Art Library, a book tour through Toronto, Chicago, and Atlanta and a return to the Brooklyn Art Library collection. Much like a grown-up child leaving home, the Sketchbook Project asks that the work reside in a collection open to the public and be available for touring. The sketchbook, hence, comes to life in the hands of the reader, in the reading room, online and on tour.

Primal Sympathies can be viewed at the Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost Street, Brooklyn). Watch for an announcement when the sketchbook is online. Check it out in Brooklyn (23 June), Toronto (27-29 June), Chicago (3-5 August) and Atlanta (21 – 23 September).

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Artists by nature are not hard-wired to boost, promote, or sell their work. Buyers usually want to know more about the works that attract their attention and perhaps purchase. That more can be the backstory, the technique or inspiration, and it is often said that it is not the work that is sold but the story that is bought.

For some artists, that conversation is difficult. In my own artist practice, all of this is the case. If I could bring that story to life in conversation, there would be no need for me to make a drawing, photograph, artist book or ceramic sculpture. I came to value (and now miss dearly) art school critiques because I learned how to speak more confidently about the backstory, techniques and inspiration in my artist practice. Having said that, this blog feels somewhat like shameless self-promotion, but it could also be a year-end summary of where my work can be found, where this work can be purchased.

TRUTH AND BEAUTY Digital Gallery presents Illuminations, a selection of my recent lumen prints. This exclusive, inaugural Online Exhibition aims to reach a broad international audience and enhance ongoing programming at the Vancouver gallery. Visit the DIGITAL GALLERY to enjoy this inaugural exhibition of Lumen Prints.

CITYSCAPE ART RENTALS (335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver) holds a small collection of my work for rent, rent-to-own, and purchase. A selection of my work will be exhibited the 2018 Art Rental Show (opening 11 January through 03 February 2018).

THE BROOKLYN ART LIBRARY (28 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY)/ Sketchbook Project now sells high-quality prints of pages from nine of my sketchbooks in their collection. Sketchbook Collection

If you are in Texas, Ocean Shoresone of my Lumen Prints is among the 39 alternative process photographs on exhibition in unique: alternative processes at ASmith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas thru 14 January 2018. This exhibition affirms my interest in what constitutes a photograph and the experiments, historical and contemporary, which push the boundaries and yield unique results. It is also available for purchase.

My ceramics are currently for sale at the Gallery of BC Ceramics and the Port Moody Art Centre. Know that each of my works embodies thoughts about craft, the enjoyment of music bouncing off my studio walls while I work late into the night and artistic risk. The Gallery of BC Ceramics also sells Seeking the Nuance (second edition), a collection of heritage glazes along with essays about the Vancouver ceramics community in the 70s.  Check it out
Winter Treasures 
thru 22 December,  Point Moody Art Centre, 2425 Johns Street,  Port Moody
Christmas Dove Ornaments 
thru 24 December,  Gallery of BC Ceramics, 1359 Cartwright Street, Granville Island

Gifting is an art form in its own right, and in this season of gift giving, a gift of art is a double gift because it gifts the artist as well. More about my photography continues at http://www.sassamatt.com

Another sketchbook is on the way to the Brooklyn Art Libary for the 2017 Sketchbook Project. Three streams of consciousness merge: hybrid monsters (real, imagined and augmented), an assortment of owls (scowl owls, wise owls and stylized) hidden and tucked into unlikely compositional elements and sketches of freeform climbers traversing, ascending and building stamina. Exhibition and touring details will be announced shortly. Nightmares — monsters, owls, and bouldering will soon be on view online; until then, nine digitized sketchbooks can be viewed here.

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Three of my sketchbooks are on the Sketchbook Project Summer Tour. This year’s tour kicks off at the Brooklyn Art Library on Friday, 05 May and then travels to nine tour stops in North America.  Sketchbook Project tours are fun: in addition to checking out and reading artist made books, there are also drawing and postcard writing activities.

On board this year are two new sketchbooks and one classic. Find your closest city, check out some sketchbooks and let me know what you think. Summer Tour Schedule

Big Wheels is a girl’s look at big wheels on roads, streets and sidewalks. It amazes me to think about how the wheel is one of six simple machines and how much complex technology is dependent on basic elements like a wheel. This book has been to Chicago, NYC, Bloomington, Ocean Shores, Iceland, Denmark and Germany. It traveled many miles to get to you.

Songs for the Accordion was inspired by the accordion book form and wanting to make a unique book that could visualize song and dance. Music threads through a landscape of colour and leaves notes to play and replay. Marks on paper were made using Procion dye, acrylic ink, charcoal, thread, acrylic medium and white glue. Of all the books made for the Sketchbook Project, this was the most difficult to send away.

My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir has been on many Sketchbook Project Tours, including Art Basel. It is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. This book is also available from Blurb

View these and my other Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbooks on line.

One of my sketchbooks is on the Sketchbook Project Summer Tour. The bookmobile will pull into Vancouver and park in front of Emily Carr University on Granville Island this coming Monday, 07 July (open from 1 – 5PM). Sketchbook Project tours are fun. In addition to checking out and reading artist made books, there are also drawing and postcard writing activities. If you can’t get to the Sketchbook Project in Vancouver, find your closest city, check out some sketchbooks and let me know what you think. http://www.sketchbookproject.com/sbp2014

Like some of my other  sketchbooks residing in the Brooklyn Art Library, Last Trip to Surrey reaches deep into family history. It reflects the ending of a long journey of a family elder in a series of drawings about many journeys to visit and attend family meetings. It is difficult to disguise the debilitating impact of these visits, but somehow, I found a playful way to bring colour to time of fading light. This book can be viewed on line along with other books in the touring collection. http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

Papergirl Vancouver openings Tuesday, 08 July (from 6 – 9 pm), and the exhibition will be on view until 11 July at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews). The Papergirl Rideout is 19 July, starting at 11Am, and artwork will be distributed to unsuspecting recipients along a yet to be disclosed route. More about Papergirl http://www.papergirlvancouver.com  https://www.facebook.com/PapergirlVancouver

My involvement in Papergirl reflects my belief in the importance of generosity and keeping art in circulation. Often, I think about the monetary value of a work of art and the impossibility of putting a price on creativity. Papergirl makes it possible for me to live these values. There are, of course, situations where/when it is appropriate to exchange money for artwork, and yes, an art sale is sweet. It has been an honour to have been selected by Papergirl to offer Lumen Print Workshops as part of the promotion of this year’s Papergirl event. Some of the work produced in these workshops will be in the exhibition and then distributed.

 

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My father had an amazing ability to draw from memory, and in his colourful illustrations I saw scenes of his childhood that were not in family photo albums. He also had an amazing ability to tell stories, and bed time was a huddle of children around my father turning his life into a series of adventures and close calls. He often talked about wanting to illustrate one of his favourite stories about the man someone had raked a pile of leaves only to have it undone by the wind, his variant of the Myth of Sisyphys.

A selection of stories and illustrations from my father’s Brooklyn childhood were made into Memories of My Brooklyn Childhood, a project that toured with the Sketchbook Project last year, and occasionally it is selected to join other tours. This book, retitled My Brooklyn Childhood has also been published in hardcover by Sassamatt and is available from Blurb in both Canada and the United States. Pairing these memories and drawings completes my father’s wish to illustrate his writing.

Two of my sketchbooks are on the Sketchbook Project Summer Tour. Soon the bookmobile will pull into Chicago and then cross the continent and set up 25+ North American locations before heading home to the Brooklyn Art Library. Sketchbook Project tours are fun. In addition to checking out and reading artist made books, there are also drawing and postcard writing activities. Find your closest city, check out some sketchbooks and let me know what you think. http://www.sketchbookproject.com/summer-tour

Both sketchooks reach deep into family history. On the Road Again — a family event photo log documents a five day roadtrip back to Bellville for a memorial service and affirmation of a new generation of elders. My drawings and photographs investigate permanence in the context of time and the river that seems to move forward and stand still. My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. Selected images from both of these sketchbooks can be viewed on my Sketchbook Project Artwork page.

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

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The Sketchbook Project 2013 opens this Friday at the Brooklyn Art Library, beginning a seven city North American tour. Both artist books included in this tour reach deep into family history. My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. On the Road Again — a family event photo log documents a five day roadtrip back to Bellville for a memorial service and affirmation of a new generation of elders. My drawings and photographs investigate permanence in the context of time and the river that seems to move forward and stand still. Selected images from both of these sketchbooks can be viewed on my Sketchbook Project Artwork page.

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

Touring Brooklyn, Austin, Atlanta, Toronto, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. More tour details

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/projects/sketchbookproject/tour/15

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Tuesday’s deadline for posting my two Brooklyn Art Library sketchbook projects has been using a lot of midnight oil. Soon they will arrive in Williamsburg where they will be scanned, put up on line and eventually go on tour as the weather becomes warmer. Both sketchooks reach deep into family history. On the Road Again — a family event photo log documents a five day roadtrip back to Bellville for a memorial service and affirmation of a new generation of elders. My drawings and photographs investigate permanence in the context of time and the river that seems to move forward and stand still. My Brooklyn Childhood — a memoir is a compilation of my father’s memoirs and memory drawings. It brings together work that my father talked about but never achieved: illustrating the many stories he told. His memory drawings open a new understanding of his Brooklyn boyhood, and the Brooklyn Art Library is a fitting location for this first edition. Selected images from both of these sketchbooks can be viewed on my Sketchbook Project Artwork page.

http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

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Sketchbook Limited Edition 2013  — Chesterman Beach Impressions, new Arthouse Coop sketchbook, has been digitized and is available on line. This photo/lumen print project made at Chesterman Beach is an homage to Anna Atkins, first woman to publish photographs in a unique editioned book. It will tour in 2013.

http://www.arthousecoop.com/users/queenofmidnight/artwork

http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject

Papaergirl Vancouver/ Papergirl Calgary — My work will be show and distributed in Papergirl Vancouver and Papergirl Calgary — a redefinition of street art and philanthropy. Vancouver Papergirl is on show between 22  and 27 July at the Roundhouse; opening party is Tuesday, 24 July/7pm and work is distributed Friday, 27 July in downtown Vancouver. http://papergirl-vancouver.blogspot.ca/  Calgary Papergirl is on show between 9 and 18 August at the Epcore Centre; work is distributed 18 August. http://papergirlcalgary.tumblr.com/

Wish You Were Here  CARFAC-BC’s fundraiser and exhibition continues on line.  View and purchase works  http://wishyouwereherefundraiser.weebly.com/photography.html

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