Saturday, October 5, 2013

New Installations - Wool Drawings and Mass/No Mass

Artswalk Arts Festival
Exhibition Dates:  Oct. 5 – Oct. 13, 2013
Pocketbook Factory

North Sixth St. and Washington St., Hudson, NY
 Reception: Saturday, Oct. 12,  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

                    Saturday October 5, 2-6pm
                    Sunday October 6, 2-6pm
                    Friday October 11, 5-8pm
                    Saturday, October 12, 6-8pm
                    Sunday, October 13, 2-6pm

Wool Drawings detail  wool, vellum

Mass/No Mass detail  wool

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Performance at the Akin Museum and Library

Working on "Ode to Jo" during the opening. Johanne Renbeck's work  "Suddenly the Moon"is on the left             

Ode to Jo

After my dear friend died I was stymied.   What kind of work to do?  Where to go with these feelings of loss?  I thought to begin a work and put it all into it.  I began by searching for the right paper.  I found a drawing I had done some time ago and began working with it.  As I wrote my thoughts and memories on the paper I realized the drawing looked like Jo- a tall, slender, elegant woman.  It all fit.  I kept writing my thoughts and with each sentence felt a little bit of an ease as some feelings came out.  

I wrote about the things Jo had taught me, things I had shared with her.  I wrote about our conversations, things we discovered together, our similarities and differences.  We shared so many things – mainly our passion for our work.  We visited each others studios often and critiqued work, writings, helped to install exhibits.  So many more things…

On this work I continued - I drew and stitched and wrote.  Then the crocheting began.  Jo had taught me how to crochet when she saw me struggling with knitting a six foot tall form.  Her idea had made my entire project easier and smoother.   So, of course, I would crochet on this piece in memory of her.  As I work connecting the string to itself with simple stitches, I continue to connect myself to the part of her that lives inside me and to the idea of 'image and word' she loved so much.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lecture at Woodstock School of Art: Recent Work

Woodstock School of Art presents 
Walter Leighton Clark Salon Series  Evenings with Artists
Thursday August 22, at 7 pm 
Mimi Czajka Graminski
Washing Dishes   yarn, steel wool

Monday, July 15, 2013

New work in the studio

Circles and Spirals
I have been revisiting shapes and shadows in the studio recently.