New Mixed Media Big Mouths

As a woman of color, I find It is often easier to make my way in the world by keeping my mouth shut. To simply grin and bare it when haters, well meaning friends or co-workers say or do something incorrect or insensitive. As a child, my father would say to me, “Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt” So I learned to keep my mouth shut, to be seen, and selectively heard.

My status as “other” does not always grant the luxury to say what is truly there for me, to correct a slight or present an alternative point of view. I have to be vigilantly self aware, and know the right time to speak up or how to frame my words so that they can be received in the best possible light. Sharing my uncensored opinion can quickly get me labeled as being “too big in a room” or worse an “angry black woman”. When that happens, full stop. My opinion is dismissed outright. Somewhere along the way, I’ve even stopped correcting people who mispronounce my name. It’s Thee-duh if you are interested.

It can be frustrating to constantly edit myself for the sake of others but thank goodness I have my art as a vehicle for my voice to be heard, long after I’m gone. This body of work is a collection of one sided conversations. The things I wish I said or could say, the things I say under my breath or the affirmations I use to remind myself that my voice is relevant even when no one is listening.
Thanks to Big Mouth… look who has the last word now.

Sailing Wood Block Prints: Port Hole

If you are friends with McCarty you may be a lucky recipient of one of 24 Wood Block Prints of a sail boat viewed through a port hole, that i made for his holiday gifts.

The Port Hole series is inspired by our Caribbean sailing adventures.

I used Purple Speedball block print ink, Distress Stain, Gelatos, Watercolors, Acrylic paint on Hamilco white card stock. Each 7″x5″ print is unique.

Here are a few shots while in process…

Sneak Peak At New Small Works

Late Summer I started working on an edition of linocut mixed media self portrait collaged prints on paper. I used the fine print from my Tysabri infusion and boarding passes from my travels this year to mark the passage of time.

All works are 7″x5″ in a 10″x8″ mat ready to be framed.  These works are priced to move on my Shopify store at $75 each. A steal for an original piece of art, if you ask me. So if you have been meaning to get little something for yourself click here.

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Hamilco white card stock, Speedball block printing ink, Golden fluid acrylic, Sharpie, paper boarding passes, Mulberry paper, construction paper flower, glitter glue, glitter and sparkle.

2018 International Juried Exhibition

Out of nine hundred entries from over three hundred artists from across the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Japan, Korea and Singapore, Side Eye won one of 40 spots in 2018 International Juried Exhibition curated by Dr. Midori Yoshimoto at The Center for Contemporary Art this November.

The exhibition dates are November 8th-December 22nd. Please join me for the opening reception.

OPENING RECEPTION: November 8th, 6:00-8:00PM

LOCATION: The Center for Contemporary Art;  2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921

Side Eye
For a perfect side-eye you have to keep your head steady and straight ahead and do it all with your eyes. Side Eye 24 x 20 x 1 in Aluminum Print Subject Matter: Identity 2015

Theda’s November Art Calendar

Ever wonder what a beautiful migraine looks like? See Headache at Body Glitch in the Window Gallery at Paul Robeson Galleries, Newark NJ. October 4th through March 16, 2019.

OPENING RECEPTION: October 18th, 6:00-8:00pm

LOCATION: 54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor | Newark, NJ 07102

GALLERY HOURS: Monday-Wednesday, 12pm-5pm, Thursday, 12pm-8pm, Saturday, 12pm-5pm

Headache
I get horrible describable migraines. I decided to make this piece to show what my headaches feel like.Digital collage of mixed media collage #Selfie

 

If you didn’t make it to Art House Gallery during JCAST this is your last chance to see Welcome to Fight Club during ChromoZones at Art House Productions!

CLOSING RECEPTION: November 3rd, 6:00-8:00PM

LOCATION: Art House Gallery; 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Welcome to Fight Club
Welcome to Fight Club Digital Print On Metallic Photo Paper 20 x 20 in Framed Size: 22 x 22 x 1 in 2017 Being a black woman in corporate America is like Fight Club. I must mold my personality to be palatable as a peach and keep my opinions to myself. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.  The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!  Third rule of Fight Club: if someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, or taps out, your career is over.

Look for Side Eye in 2018 International Juried Exhibition curated by Dr. Midori Yoshimoto at The Center for Contemporary Art. The exhibition dates are November 8th-December 22nd. Please join me for the opening reception.

OPENING RECEPTION: November 8th, 6:00-8:00PM

LOCATION: The Center for Contemporary Art;  2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921

Side Eye
For a perfect side-eye you have to keep your head steady and straight ahead and do it all with your eyes. Side Eye Limited Edition (3/5) Aluminum Print 24 x 20 x 1 in 2015

 

ChromoZones Closing Party 11/3

If you didn’t make it to Art House Gallery during JCAST this is your last chance to see Welcome to Fight Club during ChromoZones at Art House Productions!

Please let me know if I will see you there…

CLOSING RECEPTION: November 3rd, 6:00-8:00PM

LOCATION: Art House Gallery; 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Welcome to Fight Club
Welcome to Fight Club Digital Print On Metallic Photo Paper 20 x 20 in Framed Size: 22 x 22 x 1 in 2017 Being a black woman in corporate America is like Fight Club. I must mold my personality to be palatable as a peach and keep my opinions to myself. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.  The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!  Third rule of Fight Club: if someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, or taps out, your career is over.

See my Side Eye Art Banners in Montclair

If you are driving or walking around Montclair’s Arts/Business district, look up… You might just catch my piece Side Eye giving you the side eye