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Feb

January 27th, First Curated Show: TEDxFSU Velocity Themed Exhibition

I had the joy of gathering some of my favorite artists and people together for an exihbition. For spring 2014, I served as the Design Chair for TEDxFSU, and the experience was so wonderful on it’s own, and it was a path for many other opportunities. Without saying too much, it went so well and I am so grateful. We showed in the Oglesby Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida. Here are some pictures from the opening night. This show was up for the whole week. :)

This was the initial flyer for applying.

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It was a rainy night! I had a walk across campus, this was my shelter. Ahh life of an art educator.

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Friends and artists talking during the art opening. Brianna Akers (left) and William Hackett (right) both had photography in the exhibition.

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Two more artists, Brittany Taman and Natalie Collins.

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Guests. The marble installation was created by Najeah Okashah

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The artwork I made especially for the show.

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It was a perfect night. Everyone smiled. It was amazing. Above is this incredible view I had walking back to my car. FSU is a beautiful place.

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Jan

January 11th Group Show: 621 Annex Gallery

So! Alittle under a week ago, I had the opportunity to display my art at a local gallery with a few of my friends in the art education/art administrations/art therapy program.

Some background information from the brochure:

Here are a few pictures of the three miniature paintings I had in the show.

My friend and colleague, Brianna Akers led a workshop that evening on quilling. This is my attempt, I really enjoyed making this:

This is the infamous local gallery:

We are so Florida with our palm trees

Short adventure after the show, going over to The Other Side to find a cute little gem:

This was a nice adventure. Can’t wait to have more.

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Jan

Miniatures magnified & the process. Not pictured (as much): the joy of working in pjs

This winter break, my last lengthy break as a grad student at FSU was entirely consumed by an enjoyable project. It was wonderful break, I got to see Tegan and Sara with a good friend, another friend got married, my friend who is basically family came to visit from Libya, got to see many other old friends, and I spent a lot of time with my family, which I admittedly do not get to do very much.

So I took the following miniature painting and made a larger replica, by request. It was an interesting process, though I may not do another replica again because I wanted to be very imaginative with this but I had to use a lot of restrain.

This is the original: 8 by 11 inches.

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This is the replica: 29 by 41 inches

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This is the process:

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Tea staining the paper, a skill I learned in the summer of 2011 in Pakistan. I did not use it again until just then. In retrospect, I would like to make it a regular part of the process.

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02

Dec

I’m still alive, but my possessions are artifacts.

Today, December 2nd, I have surrendered a part of my soul to glass boxes, to share with strangers who mean well. This showcase is located on the second floor of the Leroy Collin Library in Tallahassee, FL. My work will be on display for the rest of this month. Grab a book, and look at my art.

Of the places I have exhibited, nothing has felt like home much as this library. As a kindergartener, I used to dream of having work displayed in the library and in third grade that dream came true, in Long Island. Nothing will ever be as familiar as that feeling of succeeding in such a quite honest way. No matter who sees my work and where it is shown, I will always carry that memory of exhibiting as a child. And my admiration for humility and genuine desire to share.

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Nov

Unprecedented Art: grab a marker and never put it down

Today I drove back to my hometown for the holiday. I was in my room, for only a few minutes, staring at this plain white table. Then I preceded to cover the entire table in patterning. It was a passing thought I have had for months, I’m glad that I followed through.
I was thinking of the passing of time, how it was just halloween, how it was just the summer, and I felt an incredible urgency.

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Nov

Kindness, I want to hold on to. Guest comments from solo show//November 2013

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Today I took down my solo exhibition at the Florida State University Oglesby Union Gallery. Taking a show down just puts into perspective how hard it is to build something up and how easy it is to remove it. And walk away like nothing was there. It’s a powerful moment if you accept it as one.