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  • I Love Art: Janine Antoni

    April 26, 2015 | 2 Comments »


    Last week, I was lucky enough to get an invite to hear artist Janine Antoni speak to some current students at my future school, University of the Arts. Antoni is an artist I have always loved and hearing so much insight into her process was really amazing. Much of her work, be it sculpture, performance, photography, or all of the above is rooted in her curiosity of daily human rituals such as eating, sleeping, grooming or giving birth. She often turns to her own body to process this experience-recording her dreams on an EKG machine, gnawing on giant sculptures of lard and chocolate, trussing her body up over a theater and, my personal favorite, peeing out of a handmade copper apparatus off the top of the Chrystler Building.

    As she spoke of her process, I thought about how much warmth, humor and investigation she clearly brings to each piece and how much I want to be able to convey that in my own art. A lot of people dismiss conceptual art for being pretentious (and honestly lots of it is) but Antoni’s art has soul.

    Janine Antoni- Slumber- thisisloveforever.com
    Slumber, 1993 Performance with loom, yarn, bed, nightgown, EEG machine and artist’ REM reading

    Janine Antoni- if i die before i wake- thisisloveforever.com
    If I Die Before I Wake (mother’s hand meets daughter’s hand in prayer), Porcelain nightlight with electrical fixture

    Mary, Raku fired ceramic
    Mom and Dad, Mother, father, makeup

    Umbilical, Sterling silver cast of family silverware and negative impression of artist’s mouth and mother’s hand

    Lick and Lather, Two busts: one chocolate and one soap

    All photos from Luhring Augustine Gallery

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    Hit Re-set

    April 10, 2015 | 4 Comments »


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    You know that feeling you get when you’re just ready to call the whole thing off and start over? I get that feeling all the time. In the dichotomy of fight or flight responses, I would say my preferable option is neither. I like to just ignore things and hope they go away. But recently, I chose a very different path. Let me back up a bit: Although I have a pretty creative job, I’ve never been entirely happy with its trajectory.  I never imagined myself in a corporate career, yet here I sit, at my corporate desk, typing my corporate emails. No, this just couldn’t be. So one day, I just decided it wouldn’t be and I applied for grad school. And I got in.

    At the beginning of June, I’m leaving my job and going back to school to get my MFA. I have absolutely no idea what my life will look like in three months and that’s thrilling, terrifying and awesome. There is such immense freedom and happiness to be found at the other die of “what if”.

    All this change seems like a good time to hit the reset button on this old blog as well. Writing a blog is such an odd thing because it feels like sharing, but it’s often just navel-gazing. It’s shouting out into the void without knowing if you will hear a response or just your own echo. At some point you have to decide whether it’s worth it or not, regardless of who’s paying attention. Says the girl in her mid (ok fine, late) ‘30s going back to school to make conceptual art.  Here’s to a 2015 full of surprises.

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    I Love Art: Creative Unblock Challenge

    February 4, 2015 | 2 Comments »

    Kayte Terry-Mount Rainier 2.0
    I’m pretty much always up for a creative challenge.  So, when beloved blog The Jealous Curator launched a monthly challenge called Creative Unblock, I was totally down. The first challenge, from artist Trey Speegle, was to take a drawing or photocopy of an image and alter it in as many ways as you can imagine. Since you are using a repeated form, this is a great way to play with materials.
    I chose a vintage postcard image of Mount Rainier because the idea of altering a landscape really appeals to me. It makes me think about the way a trip to an amazing location changes you and the way you see that place. And then I let loose, as you can see from the gif above! Yahoo, can’t wait for the next challenge.
    These are a few of my favorites:
    Mount Rainier 1.0 by Kayte Terry Mount Rainier 1.1 by Kayte Terry Mount Rainier 1.2 by Kayte Terry Mount Rainier 1.3 by Kayte Terry
    Mount Rainier 1.5 by Kayte Terry

    I Love Fashion: Amongst the Bohemians

    November 12, 2014 | 2 Comments »

    There are certain artistic movements and collectives that speak to a person, and for me, that would be the Bloomsbury Group. A coterie of young British artists, painters, writers and philosophers, the Bloomsbury Group was known for their liberal social values, passion for love, the pursuit of knowledge and beauty (and polyamory, but that’s another story). Though they held avant-garde views on feminism, gay rights and pacifism, expect no monk-like asceticism for them: instead their days were filled with a heady mix of sex, drugs and philosophical discourse.
    Often the group gathered at Charleston Farmhouse, the country home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Surrounded by rambling English gardens filled with sculpture, Charleston is something of a maximalist print enthusiast’s dream come true.
    So of course, when I saw this editorial, “Amongst The Bohemians” (model Lera Tribel shot by Tom Allen For Uk Harper’s Bazaar November 2014) shot at Charleston house, I audibly gasped. Luckily, I do that a lot so my desk-mates barely bat an eyelash.

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    I love Art: Jim Hodges

    November 11, 2014 | No Comments »

    Jim Hodges / thisisloveforever.com
    This mind-blowing piece, “Untitled (one day it all comes true)”, by American artist Jim Hodges, is made entirely of denim. Take that in: denim. Inspired by both a studio move to upstate New York, where the one-time Manhattanite was charmed by the big blue skies of country living and his sewing bond with his mom, Hodges scoured Hudson Valley thrift shops for his medium. The piece is currently in his traveling solo show: Give More than You Take. Please, please watch the video of Hodges describing this piece; it’s transcendent!
    Jim Hodges / thisisloveforever.com Jim Hodges / thisisloveforever.com

    I Love Fashion: Vingi Wong

    November 10, 2014 | No Comments »

    Vingi Wong - thisisloveforever.com
    Inspired by classical shapes in architecture, traditional Eastern European costume and distortion of the human body, recent Central St. Martin’s grad Vingi Wong makes clothing that is at once challenging, playful and well, just plain awesome. In the animé version of my life (the one in which I eat massive quantities ice cream cake and shoot poisonous strawberries out of my eyes), this is exactly what I will be wearing.

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    Read / Watched: October

    November 3, 2014 | 2 Comments »

    Read / Watched: October collage by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    I have fallen deep down the rabbit hole of Sarah Waters’ novels and I am loving every minute of it. She’s a magnificent storyteller who excels at both the tiny moments of life (the clinking of a tea cup, the chill of a London morning) and the monumental (love, death, betrayal to name a few). And so my Read/Watched collage for October is singularly focused on her. I also decided somewhere along this project that the collages inspired by the books and movies I consume don’t have to be about every book and movie I consume. In fact they are better when they are more narrowly focused. And since I assigned myself the project, I get to change the rules!
    This collage was born out of the worry that my work is often too “pretty” to be considered “art”. The women in The Paying Guests are often similarly dismissed as one dimensional character, feminine vessels that don’t hold any depth, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. So, instead of trying to restrain my instincts, I just let them go wild.

    Blogging Burnout: My Take

    October 30, 2014 | 2 Comments »

    On the Surface by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    On the Surface, collage with fabric, paper, watercolor, burned vellum and thread

    The internet is all a-buzz lately with the concept of “blogger burnout”. The NYT wrote a piece highlighting a few high profile design blogs and their struggles to add fresh content day after day. Grace from design*sponge added her own (thoughtful) take as well on staying fresh in a sea of design blogs. In my personal life, friend’s blogs are dropping like flies. And honestly, sometimes I wonder why I blog. The market is over-saturated with adorable, fresh-faced bloggers with quirky design aesthetics and chutzpah to spare. What’s a cantankerous, over-the-(blogger)hill introvert to do?
    My answer: exactly what I want to, that’s what.
    A long time ago I made peace with the fact that I was not going to be the next big design blogger. It’s really not my bag anyway. I struggle with a lot of the things that come with the title: shopping and thinking about shopping fuel my anxiety and spending money thoughtlessly is a bad habit that I’ve been trying to shake for years. Speaking of poor discipline, a blogging schedule is something I can’t seem to tackle.
    Recently, I’ve started making art more frequently and so this blog has morphed into a vehicle to share my work. I’m always fascinated to watched blogs change as their creators evolve. Someday, when this deem becomes a reality, I hope to share my life as an actual, working, surviving artist.
    So for me, blogging continues to be a way for me to share my work, my inspiration and to hash out my feelings. Sometimes I feel like I’m shouting out into the vast ether of the internet with nothing but an echo. But that’s kind of ok. It’s pretty cool to have an avenue to share your small take on the world regardless of whether the readers are two or two million people.

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    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 6

    October 9, 2014 | No Comments »

    Reflect by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    New collage! I noticed on Instagram that I’ve been taking a lot of misty green tinged photos lately so this collage continues upon the theme. Also it might be a little ode to Iceland. Reflect is made with watercolor, burned vellum and magazine pages.

    I Love Fashion: Givenchy’s Butterflies

    September 25, 2014 | 1 Comment »

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    In the wrong hands, butterflies can be a bit cloying but Givenchy’s butterfly prints from their Spring ’15 show are anything but. They immediately reminded me of McQueen’s butterfly dresses which sent me down the rabbit hole towards Damien Hirst’s scarf prints for McQueen. A match made in heaven.
    Givenchy images from Style.com
    Damien Hirst images from Alexander McQueen