~amaryllis~

February 9th, 2019

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During six years of performing arts school, I was always cast in the character role (Mad Hatter, understudy for Alice, etc), when I longed for the boring lead.

In our 5th grade production of The Music Man, I played the mayor’s wife, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, who learns to throw off Iowan provincialism and honor her inner light—via Isadora Duncan/Delsarte poses. (How did my drama teacher know?!)

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You’d learn the whole script in rehearsal, and so this plant name always conjures a piano lesson scene (Don’t dawdle Amaryllis) I wasn’t in, but still can recite from memory.

In it, says the mother to the prude librarian: But darlin’, when a woman has a husband and you’ve got none, why should she take advice from you? Even if you can quote Balzac and Shakespeare and all them other highfalutin’ Greeks? And so on. It’s here. Duncan below.

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~we had faces~

February 4th, 2019

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This jumping spider is known to make sudden, swift appearances, dangling eye-level from the tall ceiling while glamorously backlit by afternoon sun. Today my studio mate dropped by (onto my keyboard, drama queen) and lingered a while, formally introducing herself. Meet Platycryptus undatus, or as she prefers, Tallulah Fanghead.

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~eisblumen~

February 1st, 2019

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(ice flowers)

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~icicle shadows~

January 31st, 2019

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~amaryllis~

January 30th, 2019

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The most hotly anticipated house guest of winter 2019.
(seven weeks and counting…)

~things frozen~

January 26th, 2019

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~b-boy bouillabaisse~

January 17th, 2019

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~sun & silver fox~

January 13th, 2019

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~tasty dumpling~

December 18th, 2018

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Cookie monster.

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Spying on Carol Walsh, proprietor of Native Leather in the village since 1968 (a lost lease in 2017 meant a move from Bleecker to 46 Carmine Street). This week, she made my third belt in 20 years (still have the other two), and invented a gorgeous green stain to do so. Goddess!

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Tasty Dumpling and other Chinatown views made as we left town.

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~gothically grand~

December 16th, 2018

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The atelier of Margaret Braun: artist pictured above, art-inspired smooch stolen below.

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A couple views from favorite zinc bar of Cafe Luxembourg.

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34th Street drizzly fog.

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Satanic messenger bag spotted at the Frankenstein show at the Morgan Library.

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Detail of Henry Fuseli’s The Nightmare. Smaller than I’d imagined it, but gothically grand.

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A lock once belonging to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

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