All Things Fowl for A Hiding Place

All Things Fowl. Scratchboard, 10 x 8 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee All Things Fowl Scratchboard, 10 x 8 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee. $330 For purchase inquiries, contact [Artspace] at Untitled at or by calling 405.815.9995

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A Hiding Place: Artists Respond to Poetry

"As children we all played hide and seek. We learned through that game: the stillness of hiding and the necessity of being found. Both are essential to living the communal life. this collaborative project expolores these themes through poetry and art. We have generated a creative conversation of the senses, of image and movement and language, so that what is hidden can be known."

- From the statement by curator and poet Jane Vincent Taylor

All Things Fowl is based on Jane Vincent Taylor's poem, "Being Little Catholic Girls." A snippet:

We lit candles. It was dangerous. Incense smoked out all things foul.

About the Imagery

The composition is based on traditional Byzantine icon paintings. Guillem Ramon-Poqui's book The Technique of Icon Painting (Amazon) is a great resource on this topic.

Who's that hen? The nun's habit and background images are inspired by the early Christian mystic and polymath, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). You can read about her remarkable life on Wikipedia.

Among her accomplishments, Hildegard invented an alphabet and language known as the Lingua Ignota. The little hula doll in the corner is using Hildegard's Litterae Ignotae to say "Aloha."

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Scratchboard is a wonderful process of reductive drawing. It's all about what you take away. And the level of detail I can get with my x-acto knife is so pleasing.

A Hiding Place opens at [Artpsace] at Untitled on Thursday, July 28, and will be up through September 10. Visit the gallery website for more details.



The Most Important Cup of the Day

Breakfast: Peaches, Coffee, Shogun. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches by Sarah Atlee.Breakfast: Peaches, Coffee, Shogun. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches by Sarah Atlee

"Shogun," you ask? No, that’s not a typo. The object peeking down from the top of the composition is a worn paperback copy of Shogun by James Clavell that I was reading at breakfast that day.

This image represents one of many breakfasts I ate between 4:45 and 5:15 a.m. before heading off to work at a previous job. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am so very glad I don't have to do that anymore. But hey, my day still starts with coffee!

And what goes better with coffee than poetry?

Presenting To Some Coffee Cups I Have Known (An Excerpt)

Dear Center for Quality and Applied Statistics,

What you were doing in the art building I'll never know. Unclear origins enhance your misplaced charm. I nicked you from atop a mobile coatrack outside a cleared meeting room and the rest is history.

Eminently utilitarian you seem more cup than the others.

Dear He Man / Skeletor vessel made by 2004-05 ceramic artist-in-residence at the Rochester Institute of Technology School of American Craft (traded for small silverpoint drawing on found wood block),

If you had a handle I'd use you more.

Dear Sanctuario de Chimayo souvenir,

(broken) You cannot be healed still I cherish your best part.

No, thank you. Thank you.

See Breakfast: Peaches, Coffee, Shogun in Person

Breakfast: Peaches, Coffee, Shogun will be available for purchase in February 2015 at Ro2 Art in Dallas. Join us at For Real featuring Sarah Atlee and James Zamora. Contact Ro2 Art for more details.

UPDATE: For Real has been reviewed by Jenny Block for The Huffington Post! Read the full review here: "A Hyperrealism That Questions Reality With James Zamora and Sarah Atlee at RO2 Art"