Time moves so fast and most of the time I'm teaching teenagers. It's March and I just realized that I haven't posted anything about my most recent art show which happened in December.
Every year, for the past three years, my friend Stacy Elaine Dacheux and I show our art together at some kind of unusual space in Los Angeles, during the winter holidays. It's not only a reason to share our recent artwork, but it's also a reason to bring people together and visit with friends. This past year, Stacy and the multi-talented Kate Purdy organized and hosted the invite-only event. This past year it was more like a marketplace-style party at The Hive House in Echo Park and it featured a few other artists, crafters, bakers, fortune-tellers and performers.
My sweetheart, Kenny, helped me at the event. He's a producer of House music and a DJ. It was his idea three years ago, for Stacy and I to show work at his holiday event held at a nightclub called King King on Hollywood Boulevard.
I made this crazy hanging fish sculpture and it hung from a tree at the event. I teach kids art on a one-to-one basis during the week and when they're busy on their projects I'll watch them work and sometimes keep my hands busy painting or crocheting pieces like this. This way I can peek at their progress and advise them without them feeling like I'm intruding.
This is Stacy and Allan (Stacy's husband)'s dog called Steve. He was an elf.
Anna from The Dog Show USA sold some handcrafted wares. Her fiancé David was there to help out. He has a band and looks just like a young Glen Frey.
This is a pose-able creature I made. A few of my students, collectively, inspired my making-methods on this one.
There were lovely live performances.
Another one of my creatures.
I'm still good friends with my high school prom date, Sam. We've been friends since we met as kids in 1986 and we both now live in Los Angeles. Here we're sitting on Santa's lap and Santa is Allan McLeod, Stacy's husband. Allan writes and acts in Hollywood. Sam is a VP, Private Client Advisor for a big fancy bank and he bought some of my artwork!
I thought the idea of a holiday bazaar-style art show felt appropriate for this body of work where crafting elements and crocheting were integrated into my paintings and creatures. I also gave away a poem I wrote that seemed to me to fit into the world of all of this artwork. It's all some kind of collection dealing with a liminal world making its way into our material world. I wrote it while making these things. It's called, I've Been A Lamp. I also made a creepy puppet and performed the poem in a Youtube video posted here on this page, below the poem.
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My name is Linda Lay and I'm an artist, a writer and a teacher.