Monday, December 7, 2009

'Spineless Wonders, Inspiring Invertebrates' Closes out 2009

The Spineless Wonders exhibit, curated by Robyn Holman and displayed at USM'S Atrium Gallery, was a wonderful show to close out 2009. Full of my some of my favorite subjects - invertebrates- "Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspiration celebrates the diversity of species for the 2009 bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species. Invertebrates make up a vast group that includes worms, insects and their larvae, spiders, jellyfish, shellfish such as crabs and shrimp, squid, and more – 97% of all animal species are invertebrates. Paintings, prints, sculpture, poetry, video, and work in clay, metal, fiber, glass, wood, and stone by 56 artists from around the country are all part of this multi-dimensional exploration of the invertebrate world."

To view Daniel Kany's review from the Portland Press Herald Maine Sunday Telegram, click here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Just Look At Yourself! Opens tonight at CMCA

Just Look at Yourself!, a group exhibition exploring self-portraiture with a focus on
un-conventional definitions of this genre, opens tonight at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

Eclipse (at far right below), from my series Saliva Self Portraits, is included in this exhibit. These images were created by magnifying (you guessed it) spit. I was astonished by how beautiful the patterns within the micro-view were, and amazed by the perfectly shaped circles in my saliva. You can read more about these pieces here.

Horizon Approach / Perfect Circles / Eclipse

CMCA is located at 162 Russell Avenue in Rockport, ME.
Join us at the opening this evening, August 7, from 5-7pm.
Just Look at Yourself! runs through October 3, 2009.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

What The Boston Globe Thinks about Our Bugs

Transformation Vessels (Cocoons)

Last week, (06.17.09), the Globe reviewed WOWbug and Other Micro-Natures, currently on exhibit at Khaki Gallery. Here's what they had to say about our work:  

Tiny, striking patterns
"WOWbug & Other Micro-Natures" is a fun, eye-popping, up-close examination of tiny critters at Khaki Gallery. The artists Angela Devenney and Jennifer Formica (whose last name, aptly, is the Latin word for ant) use scanners to magnify images of insects, among other things.

For "Moth Wings Study #6," Formica laid a heap of wings on the scanner. The result is a composition of dramatic, swooping lines, often with feathery fringes, glorious tones, and absorbing patterns. Something about her "Drosophila," a glowing blur of a fly with wings folded in and head tucked, looks eerily like a fetal ultrasound. "Lily Ovulary Megasporocyte" shows a single cell blown up against a black ground in a spectacle of yellow and green, blotted with electric purples.

Devenney makes little assemblages and scans them. Her assortments of strings and bugs come across as too precious, but when she sticks to one material, as in "Flies: Passion," a star form made of a small army of flies, the result is all at once formally precise, creepy, and funny.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I’m so happy to finally have my website up and running. A HUGE thanks to web designer Matt Fulton for making it happen! Matt is wonderful to work with – he knows his stuff and is full of helpful suggestions. With only a few thoughts on what I had in mind, Matt took designing into his own hands and I’m so pleased with what he created! Thanks Matt!


WOWbug Opening

Thanks to all that ventured out on First Friday, despite the drizzle, to join us the WOWbug & Other Micro-Natures opening at Khaki Gallery. As you can see from the photo, the A-frame was expecting weather and wore its raincoat.   

Below are a couple of images of my work installed at the gallery. Currently, you can view additional pictures of the show on Khaki's home page.

Monday, May 18, 2009


Come join us on First Friday for the opening of WOWbug & Other Micro-Natures at Khaki Gallery on June 5, from 6-8 p.m.  My conceptual insect work will be shown together with the microscopic images of Jennifer Formica. 

Pieces from this body of my work are constructed from found organic materials collected in my wanderings.  Just as insects change states throughout their lives, I continue their transformation by constructing patterns or scenes that captivate through the juxtaposition of disgust and delight.  

Come enjoy the bugs (unlike the black flies that are just arriving for the season in Maine) at Khaki Gallery, located at 460 Harrison Avenue in the SOWA arts district (South of Washington Street) of Boston.