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an area guide to things i make
and disappearing between the lines

Wednesday

Signals and SoundMaps ..

Working in the studio this morning on
this SoundMaps installation .. Listening devices ,
Wires and Communication ..

Signals .. on an old photo .
Paint and ink .

Monday

Making The Cut . Vol 1.


Volume 1 . Making the Cut .
A beautiful book by artists at Crooks Press 
in Melbourne , Australia ..
About contemporary collage artists
and mixed media artists .
Thank you so very much for
having my work and including my 
art in your book !

Thursday

Listening Device ..

.. Eyes and Ears .
{SoundMaps installation}

NOELLE MALINE : SOUND MAPS

Noelle Maline’s installation Sound Maps is inspired by a story told by her mother. As recounted by Noelle, her parents were traveling in Czechoslovakia in the late 70’s. Shortly after they arrived and en route from the airport to their hotel, the taxi driver firmly instructed her mother and father  to only speak in whispers for the duration of their visit. As he explained, everything was bugged - - their hotel, the phone lines and, even the pipes running through. 

In 1970, it would have been another nineteen years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The liberalization of Eastern Bloc was still a far off reality. In Czechoslovakia and other Eastern European countries, surveillance was woven into the fabric of everyday life and with deep psychological effects on people’s sense of freedom.  During this time of history, the wall between East and West Germany came to symbolize the physical marker of the ‘Iron Curtain’ (later to be referred to as the ‘Wall of Shame’) blocking the movement of freedom. Czechoslovakia was one of several countries marked by Soviet occupation after World War II and, with restrictions on emigration throughout the Eastern Bloc.

Metaphorically behind this Iron Curtain, stories were shuffled through the invisible threads that linked the intellectual minds and spirits of those alive and deceased. While literally, stories and voices were captured in wires through the mechanisms that took tabs on people’s thoughts, whereabouts, affiliations and future plans. Emigration and defection was still an active threat to the powers that be and, with any fluid movement of freedom under strict watch. 

Sound Maps touches this concept of freedom through references to different modes of communication, whether through stories secretly passed or layered in different planes of existence. While black ink is scribed over, across and in between faces and bodies captured within old black and white photographs, we understand that messages and information have been and are being passed. While images are frozen in time, the artist alludes to the idea that stories, voices and whispers are transmitted between tangible and intangible worlds. Similar to a secret agent collecting artifacts, a map of found images and pockets of objects builds a larger contextual story. We may not explicitly know the linear narrative, but we know the narrative is embedded within. 

Interspersed throughout the installation, Maline’s larger collage and mixed-media works further illuminate and become anchor points where identity and mystery congeal as moments of creative discovery. Perhaps, we (as the viewer) stop to pay homage to a time in history when the movement of freedom was not accessible and, to the untold stories therein. Meanwhile, it may compel one to reflect on current cultural and political shifts that leave us questioning ‘freedom’ as a taught ideological point of departure and possible reunification, barrier and emigration, deflection and return. 


Wednesday

Monday

Air raid .. Dancing stallions .

A page from my art journal . Study from the back of my dreams the other night .
To be continued .. 


Sunday

Redactions . Fragments and Wires ..

I have some short fragment flicker collages on Vimeo now ..
https://vimeo.com/noellemaline




Tuesday

Sunday

Small Wonders : The Maryland Federation of Art

The Small Wonders Exhibit at the Maryland Federation
of Art in Annapolis Maryland is opening December 8th
at The Circle Gallery .. 18 State Circle , Annapolis , MD .


{ Eclipse no.9 }

My piece Eclipse no.9 will be exhibiting in this show
along with many other small wonderful pieces by
unique artists !

December 2 through December 26 ..
More information on this exhibit :
http://mdfedart.com/exhibitions/

Altered States : Collage Artists of America ..

If you are in the neighborhood .. Visit the Altered States
exhibit at Collage Artists of America ..
http://www.collageartists.org/


{ Eclipse no.1 }

Novemeber 15 through December 3 ..

 ..  Thank you for letting Eclipse no. 1
of being a part
of this exhibit along with many other
talented collage artists !
More information :


Dada Centennial : Day of the Dead at the International Museum of Collage ...

The Day of the Dead - Dada Centennial exhibit will be up through January
at The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction
with the International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists
in Santa Fe, New Mexico .
I have one of my pieces there in the exhibit .. Eclipse no.3 !


{ Eclipse no.3 }


.. November 4 through January ..



More about this Exhibit : http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/news/dada-centennial-day-of-the-dead-at-the-international-museum-of-collage-assemblage-and-construction-archives.html



Saturday

Wiretapping, Codes ..

I have spent that last week in Seattle, Washington at the NorthWest Film Forum .. Installing SoundMaps in the new gallery there . Quiet grey days alone on the old wood floor and up on the ladder .. Listening to the list of songs and sounds that I chose to play faintly in the speakers . The evenings were spent talking about life and art with Hilary over dinners .. who is the gallery curator . We got on the topic of what inspires us and she asked me what was the inspiration for creating SoundMaps . So I told a story .. Then she worked on translating my story into a beautifully written collaboration . That is how we were approaching this project when we began to communicate . A collaboration between two artists and two friends . 
Here is the inspiration .


NOELLE MALINE : SOUND MAPS

Noelle Maline’s installation Sound Maps is inspired by a story told by her mother. As recounted by Noelle, her parents were traveling in Czechoslovakia in the late 70’s. Shortly after they arrived and en route from the airport to their hotel, the taxi driver firmly instructed her mother and father  to only speak in whispers for the duration of their visit. As he explained, everything was bugged - - their hotel, the phone lines and, even the pipes running through. 

In 1970, it would have been another nineteen years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The liberalization of Eastern Bloc was still a far off reality. In Czechoslovakia and other Eastern European countries, surveillance was woven into the fabric of everyday life and with deep psychological effects on people’s sense of freedom.  During this time of history, the wall between East and West Germany came to symbolize the physical marker of the ‘Iron Curtain’ (later to be referred to as the ‘Wall of Shame’) blocking the movement of freedom. Czechoslovakia was one of several countries marked by Soviet occupation after World War II and, with restrictions on emigration throughout the Eastern Bloc.

Metaphorically behind this Iron Curtain, stories were shuffled through the invisible threads that linked the intellectual minds and spirits of those alive and deceased. While literally, stories and voices were captured in wires through the mechanisms that took tabs on people’s thoughts, whereabouts, affiliations and future plans. Emigration and defection was still an active threat to the powers that be and, with any fluid movement of freedom under strict watch. 

Sound Maps touches this concept of freedom through references to different modes of communication, whether through stories secretly passed or layered in different planes of existence. While black ink is scribed over, across and in between faces and bodies captured within old black and white photographs, we understand that messages and information have been and are being passed. While images are frozen in time, the artist alludes to the idea that stories, voices and whispers are transmitted between tangible and intangible worlds. Similar to a secret agent collecting artifacts, a map of found images and pockets of objects builds a larger contextual story. We may not explicitly know the linear narrative, but we know the narrative is embedded within. 

Interspersed throughout the installation, Maline’s larger collage and mixed-media works further illuminate and become anchor points where identity and mystery congeal as moments of creative discovery. Perhaps, we (as the viewer) stop to pay homage to a time in history when the movement of freedom was not accessible and, to the untold stories therein. Meanwhile, it may compel one to reflect on current cultural and political shifts that leave us questioning ‘freedom’ as a taught ideological point of departure and possible reunification, barrier and emigration, deflection and return. 

~~~Written by Hilary Bragdon Cline

The show will be up November through January at
The NorthWest Film Forum
1515 20th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122




{ ..This last week in Seattle and the few days I was there .. Was 
when the world found out who our new President would be . The world suddenly changed .
Uncertainty and unknown . Confusion and fear . My room was two blocks away from where the protesting was . Walking around , there was a feeling of fear through the air . People were hesitant to look at each other .. Others yelled and argued .. And some cried . Helicopters hovered above for hours . The police were in battle gear . Sirens all night long . I went back to my room just minutes before the shootings happened . I kept thinking about all that was going on and how this was going to affect everyone . I barely slept when I was there . Texts and emails came in from friends sharing their reactions and making sure we were all safe and alright . And to be honest .. Installing this and the show seemed trivial in those moments .. On those days and nights .  I thought of the people I love .. And all the people I know and the people I don't know . I thought of people young and old . I thought of my family and if they were still here and alive ..  I thought of people and times in history and of all the side effects of war . I found out that I was not alone with these thoughts. Taxi drivers and bellmen and overhearing people talking to each other in the airport . People were more than concerned .
I think we need to be careful and safe . Soft and kind . Strong and humble . And it's important keep dreaming and to stay creative.}

Thursday

.. Enchanted lady . Eclipse no. 10 .

.. She wears a moonlit headdress . In the corner of my studio .. I finished this enchanted lady .
Eclipse no. 10

Wednesday

Wires and Signals .. From the back of my mind .

Right out of my studio atelier ..

A few of my handmade original 
drawing collages are
over in this corner of my land ..
       
Wires ..
 
                   Signals ..
       (Ink , paint and drawing on paper and found 
                                                 photograph)
                                                      

Sunday

.. a little shop window .

For a very brief time .. 
This little man , riding on a white horse ,
floating over the eclipse ..
Will be on display in
my shop window . 

This is for sale
as a print and available for other things
that one might like ..
My father would be happy ;)!
˚º
to shop ..

Thursday

A star and and orb ..

.. This little lady got a star ∙★.. She's one of the Juried Showcase Winners ! .. For the mixed media category on ArtSlant ..
  http://www.artslant.com/la/articles/show/45976
Thank you ArtSlant jurors !


.. And this is a self portrait .. I took of myself .. It's me with an orb ;) .. Magic !

Friday

.. A day in the studio .. surface decoration .

I sat down at my desk and put some new ink in my calligraphy pens .. The waves of the clam shell started to fall from the void beneath the words in my sketchbook .
Eclipses and things are drying in a corner of the studio .. And I'll be making room for some more wood panels today .