In addition to making the tarpestries, and hanging them in their eponymous exhibition, I have put together a photo book which tells the story of their evolution.
My friend Peggy Jo, one of my Existential Cheerleaders, got me started doing “documentation” of my process.
As an artist in the middle of creating new work it’s almost impossible to be your own witness. To intellectually understand the “whys” of what you are producing.
So I went back to the beginning — the creation of the Treefort Tarps Picadas.
I wrote about the “hows.” How I answered the question of what to create for the installation, and how I actually got them made.
I wrote about the “wheres” and “how’s” of the installation itself, (which I could never have done without the help of Sue Latta, and Mike).
And then about the crazy windstorm which whipped it all apart.
The evolution of the Tarpestries really began when the Tarps Picadas came down, and with 20/20 hindsight I was able to write about how that unfolded.
I write about what makes something an art form, and touch on the idea that tarpestries are in fact a new art form.
There are lots of photos of the tarpestries in the current exhibition.
And I wind things up with some questions. Things I think about, and things I wonder what other people, like you, think about — all relating to making art, and also specifically to the making of the tarpestries.
I framed screen shots of the book’s pages and have hung them in the current exhibition.
The book itself will also be available for purchase for $25. If you’re interested in buying a copy, just contact me through my website MelissaSasiChambers.com and I’ll hook you up.
Meanwhile, the best way to see the Tarpestries is up close and personal, and so I really hope to see you at the reception tomorrow — 4:30 to 6:30. Y’all come!
The, shall we call it, Closing Reception for my TARPESTRY exhibition is day after tomorrow, and I am hoping to see many of you there. But for those of you who aren’t even in Boise I thought I’d share a little more about one of my more unusual tarpestries, “The Elephants in the Room.”
This tarpestry is my first foray into the use of a material which lights up. It’s so cool!
My friend Chris is an electrician, and over the past six years he’s done a ton of electrical work for us around our house(s). When he saw the work I was doing with my tarpestries he thought I might be interested in incorporating this material which his company, Lumos Lighting and Design, is using in a variety of ways such as safety clothing and Western tack for horses, into one of my tarps.
I think you’ll agree it works great as “Eastern tack for elephants too.”
What makes this tarpestry even cooler though, is that it’s set so the material “blooms” on and off which tends to stop people in their tracks. It’s impossible to ignore these elephants in the room.
Huh? Wha’ happened? Have I been asleep? Under some sort of evil non-blogging spell? Nah.
Just doing a little heavy lifting.
And, thanks to my constant supporters, especially Mike, and the Existential Cheerleaders (you know who you are!), the mountain top is coming into view…
(Thank you Lauryn Medeiros for such a good job on the graphics!)
Yup. I am having a solo exhibition at the BSU Student Union Gallery. It’s up now, and will be through January 15th. You can drop by anytime the SUB is open — it’s right at the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor.
We got it hung this week with able help from Cameron Quade the Student Union Gallery manager.
And even had some early visitors curious about the show…
Like the BSU Prez himself, Bob Kustra.
It’s hard to truly capture the show with a few quick snapshots, but at least here’s a glimpse…
There will be a Reception on Tuesday, January 12th from 4:30 to 6:30. I hope you’ll be able to attend!
Sometimes I have a really hard time getting off the mark. I mentioned how I am a sprinter in my last post, but what I failed to add is that I’m basically lazy too. And easily distracted. I’m a lazy, easily distracted sprinter.
This week for example, I began on Monday by accomplishing little more than a couple loads of laundry and a half marathon of “Sing It On” on Netflix.
It’s about 4 college a capella groups competing to get to the New York ICCA Finals and all the ups and downs of their personal interactions….But I digress.
Tuesday I woke up feeling guilty — which resulted in a sprint through 10 tiny tarps – tarpititos?
On Wednesday I finished the other half of the “Sing It On” marathon.
On Thursday Mike worked from home and since I don’t like people watching me do nothing, I basically made myself work on my tarps out of self-conscious guilt.
First, I decided to use my tarpitinos as “fringe” on a bigger tarpestry.
And then I laid out, cut out, and taped the image — a giant eye-ball surrounded by snakes and lightning bolts (my self-conscious guilt perhaps?).
On Friday I worked a little on the graffiti on the top surface, but I got tired really quickly and watched 6 episodes of “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” instead. I tend to be attracted to the white sands and turquoise water of the Gulf coast beaches. Well, I was born in Pensacola, Florida…. Anyway.
Today I had coffee with my friends (which resulted in a plan to create 12 new tarpestries for a special project — the first of which is due in a week!), and then I came home feeling like I’d been shot out of the Canon of Inspiration, and finished the tarpestry.
I think I can fit in a couple more episodes of “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” before anyone notices I’ve slipped back into my lazy pants. Aaaah, the Gulf coast — I’m telling you, it’s the best!