Wednesday, July 17, 2013

next chapter: life from a third floor rental

who knew that columbus ohio would have such lovely sunsets?? we are only in this third floor rental temporarily and while i anxiously await the completion of some renovations to our new house, i am enjoying the nightly views.*

July 6, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013


I started a Master’s program at OSU in 2002. Had I known it would take me until this spring to graduate with a Ph.D., I might should have run screaming. But now, armed with two Master’s degrees and a doctorate, I have completed something. I can now talk to you vaguely about arts education, a little more specifically about the Italian Renaissance, and I can maneuver my way through discussions of modern and contemporary European and American art. Oh, and rather specifically, I can make phenomenological claims about the sculpture and photography of an artist named Giuseppe Penone. I wrote a dissertation about his work. I’m a Doctor of Philosophy.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Yeah, I'm kind of busy dissertating right now. I'll be back after it's all done.*

advisor's notes

*graduation is may 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012


This is how I've been spending my time. I hope you have an equally tasty end of the year!

 federal donuts 

 federal donut

Thursday, December 20, 2012


This is the view from a friend's house in Italy. On the beach. In December.

There are only so many ways to see water in Ohio. None of them compare to this. Sigh.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


oh no...more cupcakes

in my defense, i have a toddler
and these are out of cook's illustrated: 

chocolate ganache mini cupcakes

i have to find a way to make cupcakes that are not cloyingly sweet

or i just have to stop making cupcakes

cookies are much much better.

there, i said it.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Temporarily the center of the art scene has moved to Miami for Art Basel where ~ purportedly ~  art is on view but mostly this seems to be happening:

photo credit: manrepeller

Art Basel is an intense exhausting scene. And increasingly about fashion and the excessively wealthy.

I am admitting a huge amount of early-morning judgy-ness but even years ago, when I went, it seemed more important to be seen than to actually LOOK AT ART - either at the main event or at the myriad of satellite shows and events around the city. The amount of time spent planning the evening party hopping was...well...excessive. Now just looking at instagram or the blogs of garance dorĂ© and the man repeller  I wonder if this is just what the art world is, a modern version of Medici excess mixed in with our ever increasing interest in the society of the spectated?

Better, I think is Ann Hamilton's piece at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. 
photo credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images
That seems worth a trip. Even though the best line in Roberta Smith's review is as follows:

"Whether all this makes good art, I’m not sure. I don’t even know if this is art, participatory theater, a refreshing sociological experiment in how quickly adults will take up childish things, or perhaps a harbinger of the next fitness craze. Maybe it is Ms. Hamilton’s belated entry into the audience-centered relational aesthetics phenomenon, a tendency that her earlier work presages."

Where would you go?