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James Holmberg, Residue and Inside, site-specific installations, 2014

Behind the gallery walls and into James Holmberg’s “Forever”

What do you find when you peel back a gallery wall? This was a driving question for Minnesota artist James Holmberg and he needed to find the answer. In his most recent work, featured in the MAEP exhibition “Forever,” Holmberg works with architectural structures, like those in the gallery wall, zeroing in on commonplace objects . . . Keep reading »

Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867–1945), Two Studies of a Woman's Head

Capturing Collateral Damage with a Conté Crayon

Wherever people love one another something very sad remains. —Käthe Kollwitz During the waning years of World War II, my father was taken as a prisoner of war in Germany. He was 21 years old at the time of his capture—exactly the same age as my youngest son as I write this. My father told . . . Keep reading »


The lost art of summer vacation

This week I will be in New Hampshire with my family on our annual summer trip to Little Lake Sunapee, where my husband’s family has vacationed every August for more than 60 years. Time stands still at “the Villa,” the New England resort we visit. We play shuffle board and bingo, go on mountain picnics, dance . . . Keep reading »

Corpus Christi, page from an Illuminated Antiphonary,

Illuminating the illuminated manuscript: Reflections on Corpus Christi

“An illuminated manuscript shows an attention to detail, a genius for decoration and ‘selective realism in pictorial details.’” — Susan Jones As a contemporary artist, I often reflect on what it is about an illuminated manuscript that captures my attention. The short answer is the work’s complete fusion of idea and image. Within a format that . . . Keep reading »


Cute overload? Why you want to punch Miley’s pig, and other lessons for artists

Miley Cyrus is purposefully provocative. But you generally don’t want to punch her. Her new pet pig, on the other hand, may make you want to tear through a wall. That’s not your fault or the pig’s. That’s aesthetics and the human mind’s reaction to it. Miley may be cute. But the pig is unbelievably . . . Keep reading »