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February 9th, 2019 - April 24th, 2019 // Earthly Delights Preparation

It's almost show time!

Last year I decided I would put my entire presence into a show, and make sure that every last bit of it was treated as art. From the invite to the artwork tags. I wanted to see what would happen if I had complete control and was able to propose everything under my vision.

And what happened was a lot of work, which is why it's taken me a while to update my journal. But that work was satisfying, and it was challenging and daring to look at a space and decide what needs to happen.

I've never been more proud and more frightened of what I have created.

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One of my biggest goals was to make a tangible invite that wouldn't be quickly disregarded. I wanted it to feel precious, and unique, and have an ephemeral bit of art tucked in.

I made almost everything by hand. Below is an overview of what I came up with.

The card thick, and is wrapped in a Thaumatrope, a Victorian optical toy that when spun, creates an animation of a full hand.

Furthermore, once you are done with the toy, you can plant the paper directly in the ground and seeds embedded in the paper will grow.

I sent out about 250+ of these invites, all around the world, and I feel quite lucky that only two came back to me as undelivered!

I couldn't send them out to everyone, so just in case you didn't get one. Here is the info, I hope I get to hug you and talk art and flowers soon.

Earthly Delights

Solo Exhibition May 1st - 25th (Wed-Sat, 12-6pm)

Opening Reception May 2nd | 6-9pm

CORE Gallery

117 Prefontaine

Seattle, WA 98104

Oh, and I made some wallpapers of some of my favorite details within the work. You can find them here.

I will see you on May 2nd!

(Oh, and there is some exciting stuff coming!)

November 8th, 2018 - December 5th, 2018 // Mistletoe and Wallpapers

I am a notorious grinch this time of year, the result of working retail before pursuing the arts.

But I'm a sucker for any plant that has symbolism attached, especially if that symbolism holds through to today, so I decided to swing by my local flower market and pick up some mistletoe (and other lovely winter greenery) to photograph for my collages.

Mistletoe picked up is romantic symbolism in ancient Greece, where it was often used in marriage ceremonies. And later the Romans would hold peace meetings under it, a sign of good faith.

However, I prefer the Norse symbolism. Baldur is the doomed son of Odin and Frigg. Frigg, being the goddess of love, decided to do a grassroots campaign to save her son, and petitions all the plants and animals to never harm him. Unluckily, she forgot to catch up with Mistletoe, and Loki fashions a spear from it and fulfills the prophecies.

Depending on who tells the story, she is able to revive Baldur, and thus rewards Mistletoe by declaring it a symbol of love.

In reality, Mistletoe is merely a parasitic plant that grows on a variety of trees. I was lucky to find a great bunch at the market, and I look forward to weaving it into my artwork in the future.

If you need a bit of a festive update for your laptop, I updated my free wallpapers to include some of these more wintery vibes. Just click here.

I'm looking forward to the new year; I have some big plans and a new gallery to work with. Thank you as always for keeping up with me and supporting my artwork.

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March 13th, 2018 - April 20th, 2018 // Love Letter to Spring 

The last few weeks of April are usually my last bits of calm before the storm -- since my collage work heavily relies on photographs of plant life, I have an "on" season that starts to pick up late Spring and runs like a marathon through late Fall. (Or when I have a small mental breakdown, whichever comes first.) 

During the height of summer, I often feel like I'm trying to drink from a firehose. And this year will be even busier because it will be my first full season with a garden, courtesy of the Seattle P-Patch program. This responsibility means there is much more to do, but I am already reaping the rewards. (And pulling weeds.) 

I had a head start with planting for Spring last Fall, so my little space is already about to burst with color. Most recently a handful of Tulips burst through my little plot and became some of the biggest most vibrant flowers I have ever seen! 

I have a few projects that I'll be testing this summer, while I pursue growing my own art and all that entails; and while I suspect many of the items I grow in the garden will end up in front of my camera at some point, I'm just enjoying the learning process and experimenting. 

I've been telling anyone that will listen that taking on that little 10' x 20' patch of earth is the healthiest thing I have done for myself since adopting my dog, Gus. It's such a rewarding space, and I'm incredibly thankful for it. 


Besides the garden, this Spring/Summer schedule has a lot on my plate beside my typical art practice. 

  • I'll be rebranding the website, which is no small task. 
  • I'll be attending the Ayatana Nocturn Residency in Ottawa this June. (!!!)
  • And I have a show in Spokane that I'll be traveling too and be giving an Artist Talk for this May 5th, 11:00am-12:00pm! 

I have never packed this much into my busy season before, but I have faith that I won't regret it because, for the first time in my career I have also scheduled myself some time off.

It's not much, but enough that I hope I won't become too burned out. Small victories! 

With that in mind, I'm going to finish this up and take in the last few weeks of April in stride. Sometimes I can't believe I'm lucky enough that I get to wake up every morning and pursue my art, even if it means by the end of October I'll be thoroughly frazzled. 


Oh! And about those aforementioned Tulips, they are so gorgeous that after I photographed them, I just couldn't keep it to myself, so I made a set of 10 digital wallpapers -- free to download. 

Just click here and pick your favorite for a quick laptop makeover, it'll do you good. (A few of my favorites is below.) 

-MJ