My lecture at the first 2013 Artist’s Meetup at Assemble went great! I discussed artist residency programs, my personal experience (the good, the bad, and the ugly), and about the art of Oaxacan woodcarving. It was well-attended – a good number of Carnegie Mellon University’s senior studio students and other friends of mine. The wonderful Jess Heberle organizes this event, and facilitates guest speakers and good conversation between local artists. I do wish there had been more conversation and questions at the end, but those who had specific questions about Oaxaca or residencies asked me as the rest of the crowd dispersed.
Even now, a month after coming back to Pittsburgh, I am still thinking back on my experiences in Oaxaca. It was a saturated experience that I still can’t quite enunciate to others easily. I have to tackle this by chipping away at it like a block of wood – eliminate all the unnecessary elements to reveal the hidden form.
In the meantime, here are some new illustrations – graphite portraits of notable people in the woodcarving communities that I met while in Oaxaca.