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TARPESTRY, The Book

By | Exhibitions, Tarpage, Treefort Tarps

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.

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My friend Peggy Jo, one of my Existential Cheerleaders, got me started doing “documentation” of my process.

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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.

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So I went back to the beginning — the creation of the Treefort Tarps Picadas.

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I wrote about the “hows.” How I answered the question of what to create for the installation, and how I actually got them made.

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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).

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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.

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I write about what makes something an art form, and touch on the idea that tarpestries are in fact a new art form.

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There are lots of photos of the tarpestries in the current exhibition.

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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.

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I framed screen shots of the book’s pages and have hung them in the current exhibition.

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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!

Tarpestries: The Exhibition is Up!

By | Exhibitions, Tarpage

Huh? Wha’ happened? Have I been asleep? Under some sort of evil non-blogging spell? Nah.

Just doing a little heavy lifting.

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And, thanks to my constant supporters, especially Mike, and the Existential Cheerleaders (you know who you are!), the mountain top is coming into view…

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(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.

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We got it hung this week with able help from Cameron Quade the Student Union Gallery manager.

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And even had some early visitors curious about the show…

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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…

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There will be a Reception on Tuesday, January 12th from 4:30 to 6:30. I hope you’ll be able to attend!

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Hare Today

By | Exhibitions, My Artist Home, Tarpage

I was just explaining to my friend Peggy Jo how I’m a sprinter. Whether I’m running or swimming, setting up a new home or making art, I do it really, really fast — and then I take a break. I am not a marathoner. I can’t sustain energetic output endlessly. If I were one of the two characters in the tale of “The Tortoise & The Hare” I would definitely be the hare.

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(Sleeping Hare by Celia Hart)

Something about being a sprinter makes it difficult for me to run multiple races. I need to pick one race — move into my new home — and not add on another race — get ready for my exhibition in December — until the first race is won.

The last room/sprint to finish in our new house was the big studio where Mike paints and I work on my tarpestries…

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Race won.

Now I’ve begun to sprint towards my solo show in December at the Boise State University Student Union Gallery. The show will be of my tarpestries and I will have a variety of sizes including itty-bitty tarpestries.

Tarpitos?

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Unlike my big pieces these have no particular narrative, they’re just pure pattern. So far I’ve done 14…

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Whew! Time for a break. I’m out of breath!

Maybe another interpretation of the tale of “The Tortoise & The Hare” is that they both won the race — it’s just that the tortoise was a marathoner, and the hare was running a sprint.

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“Spring Awakening (The Unconscious Arsonist)”

By | Exhibitions, Tarpage

For the TVAA Exhibition “Spring Awakening” I debuted the “Tarpestry” (formerly referred to as a “Tarp Picada” which now has a second life) titled “Spring Awakening (The Unconscious Arsonist).”

The exhibition opened on May 8, 2015 through July 17, 2015.

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Details of this piece can be seen in the Surface Pattern Design portion of my portfolio in the section titled “Winter Trees’ Dreams of Spring.”

Up and At ’em

By | Exhibitions

Tonight is the Opening for Spring Awakening, the latest TVAA exhibition at Boise State Public Radio. It is also the debut of my tarpestry “Spring Awakening (The Unconcious Arsonist).”

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I’m excited to have one of my original tarps out in the world where people, besides my nearest and dearest, can actually see it in person. Descriptions and detail shots don’t do it justice — you have to see the entire “elephant” if you know what I mean.

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It’s been a whirlwind around here lately what with making plans to sell my beloved artists’ home, and being so jazzed about making more tarpestries inspired by our New Orleans trip, and having a new traffic box to design — yes, I’m doing a “traffic tarpestry.”

It’s actually a bit ironic that I am oozing with inspiration at the same time I have to subtract myself and a lot of my art from this house. Potential buyers have to be able to “see” themselves living their lives here, not me living mine.

(This bad boy is coming with me!)

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I’ve “restaged” a couple of the rooms so it is more “housey” and less “artsy.”

Buh-bye “Gallery,” hello Living Room…

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Buh-bye “Music Room,” hello Bedroom…

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I left myself enough space in the Living Room to work on my tarps, sort of. It’s a little cramped, but that just highlights the kind of studio space I really need, and is helping define what we want for our next place. The next space has got to work as a studio first. We can live in our studio, but it’s much harder to turn traditional living space into working space. I’m guessing a lot of you are very familiar with that conundrum.

This is my latest New Orleans inspired tarpestry — sorry about the usual less than great shots since it is so big, and is on the floor.

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Some detail shots…

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And this is the “traffic tarpestry” under way…

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(More to come on this piece in my next post.)

I hope you can make it to the Opening this evening for Spring Awakening — there is a ton of other work besdides mine to enjoy as well.

Up and at’em!

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