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Stories From My 2017 Solo Show – An Open Window

Living in a Chinese city that is majority Muslim, there are mosques on every corner like there are churches on every corner in the United States’ Bible belt.  Though I felt very comfortable with many aspects of the new culture

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Stories From My 2017 Solo Show – Playing Checkers in the Street

  Just outside our apartment complex in the city of Urumqi, China, on a poor little avenue where very little traffic came through, groups of men would play checkers. Smoking, drinking, and gambling, they’d pass their days and go home

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The Musician

We’ve been studying the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations in Scripture as a church on Sunday mornings.  As a person who is drawn to the melancholy, I get a sense of vindication reading Jeremiah’s words.  The world isn’t all rainbows

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An Open Window

Open your windows and your doors.  Behind and beyond the walls there is belonging.  Enter in. The first piece completed for my solo show coming April 2017.  I was spending a lot of time looking at Robert Henri paintings while

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There are Winds of Heaven in this Stuff of Earth

In a small village in Yunnan, China, a woman rummages through fabric at an outdoor market.  I saw a lot of beauty in the mundane errand she was checking off her to do list.  Echoes of Rich Mullins’ lyrics run

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Weight of the Mundane

We visited the southern province of Yunnan, China in 2009 and got to venture out to a remote village nearby.  This woman was selling some veggies alongside a handful of other women.  I felt so far from these women so

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Eating an Abundance of Mangoes

Every year in Xinjiang, China, the city is overrun with fruit carts overflowing with the sweetest mangoes you will ever put in your mouth.  I caught this little girl snacking on one outside her family’s little convenient store in our

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Lost in the Mountains

My husband and I visited the far west border of China in 2006.  We came upon the most amazing mountain view with a vast field in front of us, but all I could really see was this young boy on

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Finding Connection in Relationships

This is a memory  of a moment in our neighborhood in China.  I’m pregnant with my son and met these two Hui ladies who were also pregnant with their first babies. It was Ramadan and a beautiful summer day. I

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DUE WEST 2015 and “She Remembers the Meat Market”

My desire for this series is to explore the anonymity of modern life and ask the question, “Can we have community and be tied to each other in our polarized opinions and convictions, in the places we are different or opposed, and choose to love one another?”

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