Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Seeing With My Mind's Eye

Like Swimming Horses, 2011, Drypoint and Chine-colle, 15 x 18-1/4"

Jane's Carousel, After Hurricane Sandy, New York,  October 2012

Untitled, 2010 - 2011, acrylic, ink and gouache on watercolor paper, 12 x 19"

House Floating at Sea, 2011, after the tsunami struck Japan

The first time I painted a house floating at Sea, I found it absurd. Although it was poetic, I thought to myself, "what are the odds that this could be possible, it would sink before anyone could have a moment to capture this image on camera or witness it first hand". Apparently, I was wrong. When I saw the photo online, of a house floating at sea after the tsunami hit Japan in 2011 I was not only amazed, but I was also in disbelief. By then, I had made several works of objects floating in the ocean. The ocean series I was working on at the time had come from a body of work in which I was working with maps. Cartography became an important element in the work because for me, it personified real-estate, imperialism and man's long lasting pursuit of new horizons, or a better life somewhere abroad. In other words, it was another element of the American Dream theme that has been a consistent part of my work. The ocean and objects floating at sea became symbolic of our relationship to the Earth and questioned the significance of our materialistic pursuits. Suddenly everything I ever wanted could be thrown in the ocean and the desire to pursue those things became absurd. I began to re-evaluate our relationship to nature and to question the importance of the things that we seek. 

When I saw the image of Jane's Carousel surrounded by water, I was speechless. I was positive when I had made the piece that the image I had created could never become a reality. Again, I was wrong. Although it is exciting to see that my work is not as surreal as people have claimed, it is also rather frightening. I promise not to make any work foreseeing an apocalypse. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monoprint, Don't Cry...

Don't Cry or Your Face Might Melt No. 7
monoprint, oil relief ink on paper 
7 x 7"

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012 Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour

Paper Doll Press, 5101 Monte Vista St., Los Angeles, CA 90042 

The Yale House, Heritage Square Museum, Highland Park

The Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway was built in 1940 and was nationally recognized as one of the most significant roadways in the 20th century. It is one of California's first and only state historic parkways, and was considered to be a model for Los Angeles freeway systems. The  Arroyo Seco was the center for the Arts andCrafts Movement on the West Coast and is one of four internationally recognized centers of the movement in America.

You can explore the Arroyo Seco and its historical and cultural richness by participating in the 20th Annual Self Guided Tour, where you can meet more than 100 artists in the Arroyo and in surrounding neighborhoods.  The Discovery Tour is made possible by the Arroyo Arts Collective; a grass-roots community based organization of artists, poets, musicians, crafts-persons and supporters of the creative community in North East Los Angeles.  The mission of the Arroyo Arts Collective is to develop and present creative events that educate and expand the audience for culture while creating an awareness of the creative vitality that exists in northeast Los Angeles.
For tickets and additional information please visit: www.arroyoartscollective.org

Monday, October 8, 2012


This year, in conjunction with the Arroyo Arts Collective Tour, Paper Doll Press 
will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 16th, 17th and 18th.
We will have new paintings and prints available for sale in addition to a 
special hand picked collection of one-of-a-kind vintage clothing for sale
 by friend of Paper Doll Press, Treasured Rags Vintage.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October 27th, South Pasadena's Arts Crawl

Saturday, October 27th join us for a wonderful evening of art, music and food in South Pasadena
 for the annual Arts Crawl. Made possible by South Pasadena's Chamber of Commerce. 
Poster image by: Stephanie Mercado, Paper Doll Press