ACC Baltimore was as inspiring as ever this year. Part of that comes
from the amazing variety of work that is presented at the show. You
can be overwhelmed by the incredible technique and sophistication by
work such as that by the ceramic artist Mariko Swisher pictured above.
Some of her elaborate geometric pieces takes over a month to
complete. Mariko's booth offers a serene environment and opportunity
to get to know this extraordinary and gentle artist:
and his "exploration of space" (James description of his new work.)
Intrigued by urban spaces and movement within them, he says "the
main purpose of my work is to inspire curiosity and action". Movement
and action - not a surprise since James has also had an extensive career
as a modern dancer.
Amy Flynn. Her
one-of-a-kind Fobots made from found objects are full of energy
and fun...reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously.
booths of Mariko and James, Amy's booth demonstrates how different
work requires a different approach to display. Unfortunately I wasn't
able to visit with Amy at the show, hope to connect with her down the
road. I was able to talk at least a bit with Don Becker whom I met for
the first time at ACC Baltimore in 2010 when he had one of the small
alt craft booths. I was pleased to see this puppeteer par excellence in a
full booth this year:
sculptures had already lept off the shelves. One of Don's
puppets greets me every day as I walk into my studio.
And where does my work fit in the midst of these wild contrasts?
Perhaps somewhere inbetween. Here is an image of my booth
this year at ACC Baltimore taken by the photographer, Bob Barrett.
share them in my next post.
Adventure on. Wendy