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/

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
George Berkeley

Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection

Art (in progress) by

Sally Deskins (and M. and H., too)

Poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman

As of late, I have been on hiatus moving—thankfully into a home with a studio of my own!!! Every artist’s dream. I am so fortunate.  So my next project (aside from my show in Charleston June-July; and in Pittsburgh in August!) is creating art for the above said book with poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman. She used the above quote at the start of the book and I think its a fine one to ponder, regarding art, history and the figure, too….

Above are some of my starts for the project! Hopefully I can finish some soon to be included in August at Future Tenant Gallery, and to be submitted to journals as well!

ALSO our book Intimates and Fools was just reviewed by Lynn Melnick for Luna Luna Magazine! Check it out! :

"…These affecting lines sum up for me what Intimates and Fools is aiming to get to the heart of, and often does quite handily: the struggle against both nature and the commodification of women, a struggle that is defined with and against sexuality, and a struggle that is far more complex than it at first seems. Wiseman and Deskins have created a deceptively pleasant collaboration here, one that is both arch and light-hearted, and which deepens the more it is read and pondered. There are few bra-wearers who won’t see themselves in these clever poems and illustrations; there are few readers who won’t look at bras, and the world, a bit differently after reading this book….”

Above is my drawing (with my daughter’s watercolor on a children’s coloring book page) in response to a poem for Les Femmes Folles' Our Intimates and Our Fools poetry/art series for National Poetry Month, wrapping up tomorrow.

Other news!: After “What Will Her Kids Think?” is in Charleston’s Annex Gallery throughout June and July, it will hit Future Tenant Gallery in Pittsburgh in August!! I’m so stoked!! Per futuretenant.org: It is the vision of Future Tenant to become Pittsburgh’s destination for raw, innovative artistic experiences from across all visual, literary and performing disciplines. I’ve been a fan of the space since we moved out this way, so I’m very thrilled and honored at this opportunity.
In other recent arts news, along with the Apollon exhibit/reading I posted about earlier this week. I also had a great little reading/mini-exhibit at The Connect Gallery in Omaha alongside Laura Madeline Wiseman and Cat Dixon (second picture)! At the event, artist Eddith Buis drew sketches of us three (see mine in LFF tee above), what an honor!

My Gallery Tally poster is still on view in LA’s For Your Art Gallery (second photo from bottom, my poster is the pink/purple figure at top), as the (en)Gendered (in)Equity exhibit by Micol Hebron has been extended thru May 10. foryourart.com for details.

Last but not least, Melody Montgomery reviews Intimates and Fools for Busting and Droning Magazine: “The artwork of Deskins is so vibrant, with playful poems surrounding their form. There are certainly parallels implied to our bodies and the assault on them by time and gravity and ill-fitting bras with pinching underwire, but the overall feeling from the collection is that of simple joys in these sacred garments we hold close. “With or without them, my cups are full - overflowing.” “

I couldn’t have said it better. So much to be thankful for!

My art in black and white to submit to “She Walks in Shadows” an all-woman anthology by InssMouth Free Press! The only one originally black and white is the body print at right with text: “There is still room for more female voices and some people still need their eyes opened a little wider to see how much / women have to offer.” Cross fingers for me! :)