I’m in the early stages of a whole new body of artwork: digging around for ideas and information, testing materials and techniques, developing visual language for abstract thoughts. The big concept: folk and blues music as oral history. It turns out there’s a weird historical detail, stumbled upon by songwriter Gillian Welch, that at least 3 major events in U.S. history happened on April 14: Lincoln was s
My music-as-color paintings are hitting the road again, this time appearing at InLiquid @ Crane Arts. Opening reception will be Thursday, April 13 from 6-9pm, and the show will run through May 28. I’ll be exhibiting my “Well-Tempered Clavier” and “Mikrokosmos” series; Bach’s first Cello Suite, Fugue in C Major, and Chaconne; several Chord Progressions; and a large-scale textile wor
100 years is a big milestone, worthy of some extravagant art-making. I am honored to be one of five artists commissioned as part of the Centennial celebrations of my alma mater Eastern Mennonite University in 2017. We are each tasked with creating 100 ten-inch-square works (10x10x100) reflecting on some aspect of the University’s history, daily life, mission or vision for the future. I have translated a beloved
By Edith Newhall, for the Inquirer May 10, 2015 [view original publication] Writing and music have much in common, but the similarities that emerge when the two forms of communication are translated into graphic systems of color, as seen in the pairing of paintings by Gerard Brown and Melinda Steffy in “Chromography: Writing in Color” at Rowan University Art Gallery, are remarkable. Brown, a writer and a
For Chromography: Writing in Color, Gerard Brown and I have engaged artist Jane Irish to write an essay for the exhibition brochure. She had several questions for me (Why Bach? What is the purpose of a score to you? What is your step-by-step of process?), to which I wrote a long and rambling reply. For those with the same sorts of questions, I present my responses to Jane in their entirety. _____ I trace this current
In June, you’ll be able to catch my artwork as part of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. As an occasional singer in the Festival, I’m looking forward to being involved this year on the visual art side. Should be the perfect pairing of artwork and music! Be sure to come out on Sunday, June 14 for a presentation at 2:00pm that explains more about my process and looks at other forms of untraditional music
After a two-year hiatus from selling online, I’m now stocking an Etsy shop with my new Bach Project artwork and oddities. Where else can you buy an original watercolor of Prelude No. 1 in C Major? Or a music-themed Rubik’s Cube?