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What a week. Apparently when I’m too busy doing “art shows”, my family falls apart. Not easy trying to juggle everything. So after the show and the tear-down, I had to nurse everyone, including myself back to (relatively) good health.

I have to thank EVERYONE who played a tremendous role in Altered State. If it wasn’t for my friends I just don’t know how successful a night it would have been. All the artists went above and beyond and did a beautiful job. All my love goes out to Johanna, Joseph, Linda, Morgan, Pam, Peg and Tom for all their great work. All the art worked well together and it couldn’t have been nicer. It was a great mix.

I have to give a big shout out to Adriaan and Ben for their FABULOUS soundscape. I know they were a little hidden in the Lily Pads but if it weren’t for those two, it would not have been magical. Dancing amongst the roots proved to be a special hangout. And again everything and everyone coming together made it wonderful.

Tom’s bartending skills were unprecedented and was not expected but very much appreciated. And of course thanks to all the artists who helped contribute to the wine fund.

And I cannot forget to thank Kate and Jacquie for the moving of the roach and the sailboard. I don’t know how we would haveferried it back and forth.

Julio gets a big thank you for trusting me with the space. It seemed like so long ago when I first went to propose the event to him.

Most of all I have to thank my best friend, my husband, Joseph. If he didn’t believe in me and help fund this event it never would have happened.  And the giant cockroach…I had faith that it would be perfect.

Thanks everyone! Hope to do another show soon. peace + love xo


The posters arrived! Aside from a few details, I like how they turned out. Considering that I don’t remember much about designing these materials, due to other stuff going on at the same time, I think they’ll serve their purpose. There was a poster taped to the outside of the shipping box, and I like how it got all scuffed up.


They say you gotta suffer for your art and it’s TRUE! Look at the cuts and contusions on my poor mitts. Plus the wire I am using is coated with grease which doesn’t wash off easy. My finger tips are also very sore from twisting wire and stitching pieces together (but you can’t see that). This cockroach is turning into a real labor of love.


Finally, I wanted to share a peek of Paintergirl contemplating the sign for the show. It’s just masked-off now, but will be spray-painted soon.


Adriaan “Gun” Mol, musician/artist/all around tall guy, will be providing the soundscape for the Altered State show. We think of Adriaan as a latter day Renaissance man, and are happy to have him helping with the ambience. He will be providing a mix of original and existing music and sound.

You can check out his solo work as monotron on MySpace.

Also recommended is his P.R.O.D.cast (Please Respect Our Decadence) with DJ Cub.

Patti recently finished putting together the 11 foot paper lanterns and did some tests with lighting them. Although the purple lights probably won’t be used in the finals, they are beautiful nonetheless. The results are here to see for yourself.


I spent some more time covering my palmetto bug frame with chicken wire and attaching the interior lights. My arms look like I tried to give the cat a bath or have a serious drug habit–and I was wearing gloves too! Hopefully my wounds will heal up a little before I have to finish up this bit. I am not looking forward to sticking my hands into that razor wire again. The work went a little easier thanks to the portable record player I brought out to the carport. A little English Beat and Dylan and vinyl made the time go quickly.


With all this work it is hard to believe this show will be up for one night only. Not sure what the other artists have in mind if they have to take their pieces home, but what are we going to do with 36 11-foot lanterns and an eight-foot cockroach?


Linda’s inspiration and objects to be included in her installation. I don’t know about you but I really like the Swingin’ Dancers album cover and the coffee mug. I cannot wait!!

spent part of this weekend preparing my piece for the show. some time ago i made a drunken promise to my wife that if she ever got a show together, and could find a reason for it, that i would create a giant cockroach sculpture for it. how? i had no idea. i remember assuring her that it would be easy. it’s not easy though. i hung some tarps up in the carport and now we have an instant studio, with flapping walls. below are a couple of snaps showing the work in progress.

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Finally finished the design for postcards and posters to promote the upcoming show. Here are some peeks at the artwork, which also includes some event details. Below is the front and back of the postcards.

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