I really wanted to have an art show to celebrate my birthday this year. Albeit a few weeks late, we stuffed the front of our house into the back of our house and made a gallery. I hung all of my recent pieces; over-sized paper-cut feathers, antlers and birds; window paper-cut installation pieces and a variety of small, meadowy, nautical and cityscape shadow-boxes.
We got a case of rosé and a mass of meat snacks and welcomed, friends, acquaintances, neighbours and friends-of-friends.
Apart from hanging a few pieces in a coffee shop, this was my first solo show in an all-about-me, just-come-for-the-art sort of way. Honestly, it felt like a bit of personal threshold to overcome. I don’t love to be the centre of attention and I was nervous that I would have to battle through overwhelming shyness and social-awkwardness on the night.
I needn’t have worried — I had the best fun! It was fascinating to see which pieces resonated with people and despite the fact that it was one of the hottest days of the Texas summer, it was altogether deliciously pleasant.
It felt really right to open up my internal, foresty, solitary, paper-cut world in a completely social way and I found it immensely gratifying to try to create an atmosphere and experience for people to enter into. If I had had more time, there definitely would have been more installation pieces.
There is a full gallery available on my facebook page.