Monday, September 29, 2014

personal histories book arts show

The year long tour of the Personal Histories book arts show has begun.  To see the artists and their work included in the show click here:  personal histories. My submission is a book I made in memory of my mom.

Possibility               Michelle Saffran 2014           accordion fold book  6" x 42" when extended

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

personal histories international exhibition

"Possibility"  michelle saffran:  handmade accordion fold book with original photograph:  folded size 4" x 6" 2014  $125.

I have pushed against the ideas of time being unredeemable and that reexamining the past is futile. 

I believe we continually redeem the past through its re-imagination and that it is this re-imagination that tells us who we are and offers us the opportunity to become who we most want to be.  Because the past is with us in the present, and will be part of our future we may redeem what is lost. 

I call upon the photograph to trigger an uncanny re-experiencing of the past.  The intention behind my work is to explore the possibilities of a photograph as a catalyst for remembrance and a summons to reflect on loss.

The book "Possibility" is from a series of photographic stories about my family.  The series is my reflection on the identities of my parents, my siblings and myself as people separate from our roles within the family.  "Possibility" is dedicated to my mom who, as the book says, grew up in the era where being born a girl meant a specific set of expectations, rules that determined and limited her path in life.  In this book I give her the wings to achieve all her dreams.

"Possibility" will be part of the Personal Histories international exhibition organized by Robyn and Glenn Foster of Australia.  More than a year in the planning, this book arts exhibition will travel within Australia from the Redlands Art Museum in October (2014), to Redland Art Gallery (April 2015), and then on to RMT University Gallery Canberra in Septemeber  2015.  An ambitious project and equally ambitious tour schedule.  I only wish I could see the show in person.  Fortunately for those of us who won't be able to visit Australia, the exhibition website is an amazing showcase of all the artist's work. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

art show and sale

I have joined forces with Holly KingPat Lyon-Surrey and Jackie Smith ( from left to right) and rented the Moretown Town Hall to show or latest and most favorite work.

Included in the show will be music from: Peace and Pardon, a trio that sings 19th century parlor music, composer and musician Erik Nielsen and musician Bruce Saffran.

We are On The Way  to other arts related activities and celebrations that are part of the month long Valley Arts Festival.  Please join us!

Thank you to our business sponsor - Majestic Auto of Moretown.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

a sampling of new work

Interstitial Space #3 and #9

Saffran  Interstitial Space #3 redux  42" x 19"  sewn color photograph 2014  $400


Saffran    Interstitial Space #9    26" x 19"  sewn color photograph  2014  $300

Idols of the Cave  redux
Saffran  Idol of the Cave #2   19" x 51"  sewn color photograph  $400


Flow - the book version

Saffran  Flow  handmade accordion fold book  7" x 100"  2014  $400 

top view when unfolded
detail inner pages

detail inner pages

detail inner pages

 I will be showing these pieces along with other new works at the On The Way Art Show 
August 3, at Moretown Town Hall - Sunday 12 - 4pm.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

25th Annual Green Mountain Cultural Center Photo Show

You'll have the chance to see three of my constructed still life photographs from two earlier series Searchers and Princess at the Round Barn in Waitsfield during this annual event July 28 - September 1. 

This show is part of the month long Vermont Festival of the Arts celebration held here in the Mad River Valley.

I've heard the opening reception has amazing food but you have to get there early!  There will also be a cash bar and artist talk (not by me!)

Opening Celebration August 6 Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30.

What you will see:

Saffran   Destiny is Opening  2011 13"x19" $300
Saffran  With Him Are The Keys to the Unseen  
2011 13"x19" $300

Saffran    Magic Wand   2010 6.75" x 11.25"  $250

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

exposure to large quantities of art bad for mental health

Stendhal syndrome is characterized by physical and emotional anxiety up to the level of a panic attack, dissociative experiences, confusion, and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art. 
The syndrome is usually triggered by art that is perceived as particularly beautiful or when the individual is exposed to large quantities of art that are concentrated in a single place. 
The term can also be applied to a similar reaction to an overwhelming experience, for example when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world.
Stendhal syndrome is named after the famous 19th century French author Stendhal who described his experience with the phenomenon during his visit to Florence, Italy, in 1817, when he was 34 years old. 
It has also been called hyperculturemia or Florence syndrome. Usually, Stendhal syndrome is self-limited and not followed by lasting or severe mental sequelae, and no interventions beyond supportive measures are needed.
No interventions beyond supportive measures are needed! 
reprinted from Medscape   sent to me by Bruce

Monday, June 16, 2014

take note . . .

Two of the aprons from the Domestic Lives of Others will be shown as part of this event.  

Alternative Process Photography Group Show

Come meet the artists:
Friday, July 11th from 6-8 closing reception

Show runs from June 2nd – July 12th
Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop, 5 Stowe Street, Waterbury

In recent years, contemporary photographers have been taking a fresh look at early printing processes. Axel’s is pleased to announce an exhibition showcasing alternative process photography, curated by Matt Larson, a photographer and alternative process printmaker from Waterbury Center.

Work by ten Vermont artists who are exploring methods including Ambrotype, Bromoil, Cyanotype, Hand Coloring, Lith Print, Polaroid Transfer, Platinum/Palladium, Van Dyke Brown, and Wet-Plate Collodion will be exhibited.

Artists that are exhibiting are Victoria Blewer, Melanie Considine, Alexis Doshas, Emma Howell, Gary Kittredge, Matt Larson, Nelson Parker, Michelle Saffran, Patricia Lyon-Surrey, and Linda Treash.