Riff

Art, My Photography, Photography, Uncategorized

Check out this awesome project that artist Irina Werning  is currently taking on…. HERE

I would love to do this with a classic picture of me and my brother..

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Art, My Photography, Photography

Here are 8 more photographs that are new editions to my Letters from Stephen series. With these new images I have abandoned the diptych format, and instead have focused on the individuality of each toy action figure. With some I have distorted the scale to make the figures seem life-size, with others I have highlighted their individual characteristics. These images are mixed in with the original 12 and are the dominate images in my portfolio right now.

Words of Wisdom

Art, My Photography, Photography, Poetry, Words of Wisdom

“If the choice is to be an artist or do something else, do something else. The real artists have no choice” -Betsy Schneider

Dinosaur Poop

Art, Books, Poetry, Uncategorized

Lux: Undergraduate Creative Review is a magazine funded by the Barrett Honors College at ASU, that showcases student work in the form of a book each semester. This review has such a wide range of work, from music, to art, to stories and poems. Over 1,000 people submit a semester and out of that number only about 50 make it into the published edition. Since my freshmen year  I have been really interested in this publication, however I was always to shy to actually submit anything. Well, I figured if I never give it a try, I will never even have the option to succeed, so I shallowed my nerves and submitted two pieces I wrote. I am somewhat shocked, but mostly thrilled to announce that a poem I wrote “Dinosaur Poop” was indeed chosen to be published in this Springs edition. I wrote this poem two years ago actually, in a creative writing class I took, and I find it fitting since the theme directly corresponds with my photographic Letters from Stephen series that is currently up at Urban Outfitters.

Either way, I thought I would share it with ya’ll, and I would be more then happy to mail a copy to whoever is interested in purchasing a copy from me! Just leave a comment and we can make arrangements!

Come One, Come All

Art, exhibitions, My Photography, Photography, Uncategorized

The photographs are printed, matted, framed, and hung. The lights have been set. The food has been bought. All that’s left is for the clock to strike 6 pm tomorrow, (Tuesday March 23), for the reception of Persisting Events to begin. So, for the last time I am going to give you a couple more reasons to come out and support the ASU Photography program and check out some student work!

Persiting Events is a senior group exhibition featuring 7 photography students at Arizona State University. It deals with the individual subject matters that has dominated our work, as well as continue to persist upon us the change and ideas that we are developing as artists. Each day transforms into the next, making us examine the causes and effects of our lives. Isela Wong challenges us to think about how a marriage changes once the kids have grown up and moved out. Scott Snyder shows the consistencies within our days, a half eaten apple tossed on the ground one day, is photographed by another student, which is then re-photographed completing some kind of harmonious connection within his wall of 100 gridded photographs. Danielle Savedra shows the power of God in her collection, Naomi Spears replicates grafitti art, while Laura Spittler explores spiritual death and the scientific process of documenting forensics. and my work questions the effects toys have on the kids playing with them.

So if that didn’t convince you… Here is my

Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss This Show

10. This is our senior show, so for many this is our last body of work as students and its shows what we have learned and how we have grown.

9. There will be sparkling punch, cheese, hummus, crackers, fruits, and cookies!

8. It’s an excuse to look nice and socialize with the artists in the area

7. The ASU Art Museum, Step Gallery, and Northlight Gallery are all open late on Tuesday’s too, so you can do a mini art walk

6.  You have nothing else to do on a Tuesday night.

5. It’s right off Mill which offers many places to eat and drink before or after!

4. Looking at Art is good for the Heart!

3. You Love me.

2. We put A LOT of time and work into the success of this show.

and Reason Number 1. You don’t want to miss Scott Snyder‘s wall of 100 4×6 Photographs recording his day to day life over the past two months, Pattie Harmdierk‘s psychedelic and vibrant huge color photographs, Laura Spittler‘s exploration of death and her artistic take on  forensic photography documentation, Danielle Savedra‘s wall of her involvement with her Church, Naomi Spear‘s graffiti inspired images, Isela Wong‘s profound and engaging portraits of her parents, and My work depicting miniature toy soldiers and the relationship they form with excerpts written from my brother who is a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army!!

Campus Map, Locating Gallery 100

* The Reception is at Gallery 100, located on the corner of University and Mill in the same red building as Saks Sandwhiches. It is a come and go, that will begin at 6 and end at 8! Please ask if there are any other questions!

Wonderfu-L

Art, My Photography, Photography

When I was eight years old, I was informed that I would be abandoning everything I had ever known. I know, this is the most dramatic way ever to address the subject of moving, but as a savagely tan and tangly haired 2nd grader who loved the Arizona heat just as much as her imaginary cloud-shaped world “Cat Land,” this news was about as shattering as it got. I remember sitting in my backyard, staring out at the golf course that I spent so many child nights playing flashlight hide N seek and TV tag on. Through my wide innocent eyes I tried to soak it in, carve everything about what I had known into my brain, to remember always. I had to remember always.

I had this tiny little cactus in a miniature pot that sat on my windowsill in my room. I debated and debated, to either take it with me for the big move in case Oklahoma didn’t have any, or to plant it. Even as a eight year old, I was taken by the idea that I could have this little thing, this little plant,  that I could leave behind to grow and live, and wait for my return.

Photograph by Jacque Donaldson

Things We Leave Behind, Jacque Donaldson

And oh, what a joyous reunion it would be, for me to come back years later, decades maybe even, to find it there fully grown and strong. An old friend to say “Hey, it’s okay that you left,things kept happening and though it may have been lonely, you made it. We made it. Everything is okay. ” I decided to plant it in my backyard, very near a fully grown Cactus, you know, in case it got lonely or needed some guidance in growing.

I would be lying to say I haven’t already known the outcome to this story for years now. Each time I visited Phoenix growing up, we would drive through the ol’ neighborhood and without fail I would check the side backyard. Of course it didn’t survive, it was a novelty cactus, the kind you pick up in a gift shop meant to endure it’s entire short and cheap lifespan in a painted plastic pot. But that never stops me from coming back to that old house, to just look, and wonder, and hope and remember.

I bring this up because it’s something that has been on my mind a lot lately. My constant desire to leave an impression, my fear of missing out, and being forgotten; My unwavering faith that somewhere along the line, I could be surprised, and realize that what I’ve done, it has mattered, to someone somehow. I have become accustomed to adapting, to not looking at change in location as a devastating lost but rather as another opportunity to leave something lasting behind. I know that my little cactus has been gone for a long time, that it will never spring up, but that’s okay.

Life happens and sometimes the things we leave…They leave us too.