Monday, December 17, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I'll have lots of new work, both science-y and not, but if you're looking for a particular item, please let me know so I'll be sure to bring it along. Can't bring my whole inventory - too much stuff for one 10 x 10 tent. One thing I will have is a few one-of-a-kind scarves that are not on my website.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Apart from the scarves, I'm making everything by hand, and I've been struggling a bit to keep up with demand for petri dish ornaments. I will continue to make them this week and next, but from December 7th to the 11th I will be at the Downtown Holiday Market all day, and thus unable to make any more. And since they take at least three days start to finish, we're really talking about December 15th, at which point it may be a bit late. So - to avoid disappointment, please order ornaments by December 5!
If you're in the DC area, please do come visit me at the Downtown Holiday Market from Friday the 7th to Tuesday the 11th. (The market continues most of the month, but those are the only days that I will be there - the vendors rotate.) And please, if you are planning to come and you want something specific, please ask in advance (via email, twitter or etsy) because I can't bring all my stuff with me every day. I would hate for you to come out and be disappointed.
Anyway, I hope this doesn't sound bossy or pushy - I love you all and I thank you soooo much for your business. But alas, I can't send Teapot the kitty to the Post Office for me. And we already know how helpful he is with the resin.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
On my trip to storage the other day, I found another piece of my past. This is a painting I did many years ago, probably around 2003. It's another watercolor grid, this time with a deeply romantic stanza from the Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov.
Way back in the day, I studied Russian and lived in Moscow for a few years. But now my Russian is fairly rusty, and I wanted to make sure I wasn't too far off in telling you what this painting said. I couldn't find an English translation online, so I ran it through Google translate. Well, as they say in Moscow, kha, kha, kha!
Here's the original Russian:
Одной тобою жил поэт,
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Blue Code 7, 2008
I made a whole series of blue paintings during the run-up to the 2008 election. I was interested in the various symbolic meanings of blue (true blue, blue chip, blue ribbon, etc), especially the idea of "blue states". Blue states, aesthetically speaking , are much calmer and deeper than angry, hot red states. (Of course I would think that because, despite having grown up in Indiana, a became a godless East coast librul.) The scribbles in masking fluid are my thoughts about the primary battle between Obama and Hillary Clinton. I was conflicted. You can read them if you try really hard.
Ballooniverse Too, 2009
After the stock market and housing market crashed, I started obsessively drawing bubbles. Partly it was a very direct (unoriginal?) response to the bursting of the economic bubble. I also painted a lot of floating zeroes, expressing my inability to fathom the gigantic amounts of theoretical wealth that simply "floated away" as housing values and stock market prices crashed. Interestingly, despite the cheerful, pretty surface of these pieces, nobody really likes them, and I have hardly sold any. Either people just prefer my work in squares or they can detect the influence of the dismal science lurking beneath.
Down with Bush, 2005
This has been sitting in a drawer in my studio (aka dining room) for seven years. I painted three of these, to commemorate the second inaugural of George W. Bush on January 20, 2005. One I gave away to a like-minded friend, one I sold to a drunk person at a festival, and this one I kept. They all feature symbols such as equal signs, question marks and fish. The text, in Russian, says Долой Буша - "Down with Bush". It is unsubtle. That's OK too.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
But as a female person of the thinking variety, it’s hard for me to root enthusiastically for the Steelers’ quarterback, the giant oaf Ben Roethlisberger, so I have to look elsewhere for QBs to cheer. Aaron Rodgers is obviously out of the question, having beaten the Steelers in the Super Bowl, so I mainly stick with the ones everybody likes – Eli and Peyton Manning. I am delighted to see Peyton back in uniform, as I was to see Eli once again crush the smug Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl. But my eye is wandering. I fear I must confess it – I kinda love Tim Tebow.
And then there’s his bizarre playing. His physics-defying throwing motion, his abrupt charges down the field, his out-to-lunch demeanor for the first three quarters of any given game. The insane, impossible wins. The spectacular flameouts.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
"The problem, all around, is scientism: the belief that science is the only valid form of knowledge. To accept as much is to deny the authority of one’s own experience. Never mind Dickens; everyone who lives in a city understands that urban life is stressful. And it is nothing other than experience upon which art stakes its claim: the experience of the individual creator, and her ability to give it a form that resonates with our experience. Art is a rebuke to the cult of expertise. It is allied with citizenship, that other domain of the passionate amateur. In both, we stand on our right to speak from the self."
It's well worth reading the rest of the piece here.
Monday, August 13, 2012
September 1 - 3 Glen Echo Park Labor Day Art Show
September 8 OutsideShow at AVAM, Baltimore, MD
October 14 MPA Artfest, McLean, VA
Please note that the Glen Echo show is a large group show where each artist displays 2 pieces. The rest are regular art festivals where I'll have a tent full of stuff.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Update: painting has been claimed.
I painted this new tree-motif brain yesterday and was very happy with how it came out. Then today, when I went to remove the masking fluid (the stuff that keeps the white parts white), I managed to damage the surface of the painting in several small places. Attempts at brain surgery failed, but I still think it's cool. If anybody would like it, just drop $10 to cover the mat and postage in my paypal account (miche (at) null.net) and I'll send it to you. US only, please.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
If you haven't visited Artomatic yet, you really should. There's still plenty of time - it runs until June 23 and features more DC area artists than you can shake a stick at (around 1,100 of them, in fact). Plus there are many fun activities and performances, including workshops for children and adults. Have a look at the website for lots more information.
June 16-17 Old Town Arts and Crafts Festival - Alexandria, VA
July 1 First Sunday Arts Festival - Annapolis, MD
October 6 Art on the Avenue - Alexandria, VA
October 14 MPA Artsfest - McLean, VA
Monday, May 28, 2012
I have a new blogging gig! I'm posting a science-art pick of the week every Wednesday over at The Finch and Pea, tin which Items of Interest and Curiosities of Nature are discussed employing the latest techniques in Logic and The Scientific Method for the furtherance of Human Erudition and the promotion of Critical Thought.
Join me, Josh Witten, Mike White and Marie-Claire Shanahan for a pint or two of science, sci-fi, art, music and general good cheer whenever you have a free moment. We're also collecting the artwork from the blog on a Pinterest board, in case you miss anything.
Another pretty cool thing happened - a European scientific journal is using one of my paintings as their cover this month. Here is my "Blue Mitosis" on the cover of the EMBO Journal - that's the journal of The European Molecular Biology Organization, y'know. And here it is online - I like how they used the image to make a banner for the page also. I have another special secret project planned with this image, so stay tuned.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Other places to find me:
June 9 Artomatic Marketplace
June 16-17 Old Town Arts & Crafts Festival, Alexandria VA
July 1 First Sunday Arts Festival, Annapolis
Stay tuned for more.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
A little more about the Montgomery College Show, which opens today. (Essential info is here) Don't forget, the reception is Thursday, February 9, from 6-8 pm.
This exhibit is part of a year-long series that Montgomery College is sponsoring called "Intersections: Where Art Meets Science"
Some background about the artists - we're both based in DC. I mainly work in watercolor and collage, and most of my work over the last few years has been focused on scientific themes. I was recently featured on the Scientific American arts blog, Symbiartic, talking, among other things, about how I got started painting scientific subjects.
One of the paintings in this show, From the Cells to the Stars, was created in response to a friend's death and Carl Sagan's idea that humans are made of "star stuff". I blogged about it here and it was featured on Brainpickings. This show will be the first time the painting is exhibited in public.
I also feature paintings of bacteria and viruses (those are viruses above). Although we normally consider these to be invaders, viruses and bacteria are a huge part of our bodies playing vital functions in everything from digestion to cognition.
Another piece, Portrait of a Human, is a series of 16 panels, each with a specific cell type, from retinal cells to bone marrow to neurons. This is a brand-new piece created specifically for this exhibit.
Kendall Nordin is a multi-disciplinary artist. For the past decade her practice has focused on visual art, performance, and music. Her visual work has been exhibited in the US, Australia, and Estonia and is included in the viewing program of The Drawing Center, NYC. In the past year, exhibition venues for her work include the Container Space Gallery, Low Lives Festival, the DC Convention Center, Pulse Art Fair in Miami, Porch Projects, Gallaudet University, and the (e)merge Art Fair.
Nordin's video piece, Artists Throwing Rocks (see it here: http://vimeo.com/nordin) was selected for the (e)merge Art Fair in 2011. Her work for this exhibit consists of a site-specific installation on the theme of the cell.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I'm in this two-artist show with Kendall Nordin at the Cafritz Arts Center at Montgomery College from January 12-March 9, 2012. Reception is on February 9 from 6-8 pm - please come!
Michele Banks and Kendall Nordin
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 9, 6–8 p.m.
Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center located
at 930 King Street on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver
Spring Campus. Parking is available in the West Garage, located
immediately behind the center. For maps and directions, visit