LEAVE OF ABSENCE: AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO COMMON GARDEN AFFECTION -- Sally Deskins & Laura Madeline Wiseman

So thrilled to have some of the LEAVE OF ABSENCE work with Laura Madeline Wiseman on the inaugural issue of Masque and Spectacle!

Mother-Artist Panel/Closing of Future Tenant Exhibit

I got to discuss nuances of artistry, being an artist in Pittsburgh, and notably, being a mother-artist with this amazing group of women last night, also the last night of my exhibition at Future Tenant Gallery, “What Will Her Kid Think?”!

Left to right (click links for more information on their work all of which is stellar!)

Mia Tarducci Henry, http://miatarduccihenry.com/#/portfolio/Work/0/0

Sonja Sweterlitsch, http://www.sonjasweterlitsch.com/

Nugent Kos, http://nugentkos.com/

(myself) Sally Deskins, http://sallydeskins.tumblr.com/

Lenka Clayton, http://www.lenkaclayton.com/

Jacqueline Shimshoni*, Programming Director, Future Tenant, http://futuretenant.org/ (*not a momma but awesome to have her!)

It was meant to be a public forum for anyone curious about the roles and beings of mother-artists, and to promote the work of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh (http://www.wcspittsburgh.org/), but it ended up as a private conversation about when we make art, whether we “use” our kids in our work, how motherhood changed (and sometimes instigated) our work and much more. There was tremendous insight shared that I wish could have been heard by more or recorded, but alas, it remains our shared time, which is meaningful and inspiring in itself. It was an honor to be among such courageous women and mothers and artists, strong role models!!

I urge you to look up their work and also to see this incredible documentary about four mother artists:

http://www.whodoesshethinksheis.net/

Me and my fam at Future Tenant

What Will Her Kids Think? with Sally Deskins

What an opening at Future Tenant Aug. 8! It was wonderful. Nice crowd and lots of new friends came to support. I even sold a few pieces, and had some people contribute to my coloring page canvases! It was great seeing my new work up alongside the work from my Motherhood series.

The show runs thru Aug. 24 with a closing event, a panel with mother-artists, Aug. 23, 6-7pm. Do join! futuretenant.org

Getting super amped for my “What Will Her Kids Think?” exhibition at Future Tenant Gallery opening Friday, August 8 in Pittsburgh (819 Penn Ave)!

Above are some fun install photos! I got tremendous help from the gallery assistant!

Details:

Future Tenant Presents: What Will Her Kids Think? Who/What: “What Will Her Kids Think?” a solo exhibition by Sally Deskins


When: August 8-August 24; Opening Reception August 8 Where: 819 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1589754741251144/


Future Tenant is proud to present Sally Deskin’s “What Will Her Kids Think?” This exhibition will include various body prints, figure drawings and work from Intimates & Fools, Deskins’ book exploring the bra and the body in collaboration with poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman. It will also display work from her latest series, TREED, exploring nature, the body and motherhood for her next collaborative project with Wiseman. This series includes body and tree prints, as well as more nude drawings using children’s media of watercolor, crayon and markers incorporating her children’s craft.


Artist Statement: “My body prints abstract the female form to see it fresh, conceptually stunning, maybe sensual or sexual, but not ascribing to the cultural-ideals. I use quotes in my body prints from my own musings and from famous and infamous friend-artists, mother-artists, poets and some who have questioned my way of mothering and artistry. By writing those down and printing over them, it is my way of processing the experience, to figure my way amongst it all. The expressive act hurts no one, and can only do well by sharing, if even one person relates!My collaborative drawings with my children comment on the inseparability of motherhood and artistry; and, too, the dichotomies of body image, sexuality and gender identity as it plays a role in motherhood and youth. At the simplest, they are playful acts of love—for childhood, motherhood and the female body.”


Sally Deskins is an artist, writer, mother, wife and feminist enthusiast. Deskins’ art explores womanhood, motherhood and the body via body-prints, drawing and text from her life and others’. To learn more about Sally Deskins and her work, please visit sallydeskins.tumblr.com.
Future Tenant is a non-profit art space located in downtown Pittsburgh at 819 Penn Avenue dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists through exhibitions that offer a cutting edge perspective on the Pittsburgh art scene. http://futuretenant.org/
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Mid-Week Feature: Sally Deskins & Laura Madeline Wiseman

Stoked to have the first feature of art from Leave of Absence (poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman) on Extract(s) today, including a collaboration I did with my kids (Tree of the Common Apple)! Awesome!!

I am also very busy packing up art to install at Future Tenant Gallery in Pittsburgh this weekend for the show opening next Friday August 8 !! Much excitement to come…

http://futuretenant.org/

Sneak peak at the series for

Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection, poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, for a collaborative project; attached are body-art and illustrations by myself.   

Moving from fairy tale to kid book, film representation to fact, Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection tells the love story of two trees as they fall from a growing forest into the outstretched limbs of the other.

Sneak peak at the series for

Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection, poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, for a collaborative project; attached are body-art and illustrations by myself.   

Moving from fairy tale to kid book, film representation to fact, Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection tells the love story of two trees as they fall from a growing forest into the outstretched limbs of the other.

Summertime= less time for art! But I’ve been enjoying working on Leave of Absence/poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman (see post below for more information on that). Above is me in my studio, photo by M. Deskins. In the middle is my work on view at Annex Gallery/Taylor Books in Charleston, WV thru July 31. Below is my latest in-progress that I love for Leave of Absence. A profile body print laden with Magnolia leaves and a cat climbing up the limb/bum….

Other news:

Laura Madeline Wiseman reviews 6 months of Intimates and Fools! :

http://www.lauramadelinewiseman.com/blog/2014/07/01/intimates-fools-a-collaborative-book-with-art-by-sally-deskins/

Coal Hill Review reviews I&F:

http://www.coalhillreview.com/book-review-intimates-and-fools-by-laura-madeline-wiseman-sally-deskin/

Kristina Marie Darling interviews LMW & I in American Microreviews and Interviews:

http://www.americanmicroreviews.com/#!interview-with-sally-deskins-and-laura-m/csd

And the I&F Goodreads Giveaway!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/76393-intimates-and-fools

More soon!

As I approach summer break with my kids, thought I’d post some in-progress shots of some work for Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection, with poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman.  

Moving from fairy tale to kid book, film representation to fact, Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection tells the love story of two trees as they fall from a growing forest into the outstretched limbs of the other. This project has inspired a slew of work for the book and more that will evolve into a new series as well.

Other art news: 27 of my “What Will Her Kids Think?” series drawings are on view at Annex Gallery-Taylor Books in Charletson, WV thru July 31! Art talk TBA.

And, some of the works from the above series as well as more will make up a new TREED series that will debut at Future Tenant Gallery in Pittsburgh in August alongside my “What Will Her Kids Think?” series and a few other of my works. This show will run Aug 6-31. A panel with mother-artists in August TBA.

Also, Intimates and Fools was reviewed by Underrated Books today ! Check it out! http://underratedreads.jacquelinejung.com/intimates-and-fools-paperback-laura-madeline-wiseman-author-sally-deskins-illustrator/