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Happy Winter, my friends.

Many of us are challenged by the darkening of days. This season has felt especially dark with our country's divisions becoming gravely evident. Like many of you, I've found solace in community, art, and activism. My usual desire to hibernate until the spring equinox has been altered by a call to action and an urgent desire to connect to what matters. 

In the first week of October LOT became a public reality after surviving a hurricane that spared Miami but delivered a devastating blow to our plans. It ended up being a beautiful but very humbling project that taught us some potent lessons about resilience, coexistence, collaboration, and even the workings of electricity!

Last week I entered into a different kind of storm at Standing Rock, ND. As one of the more potent experiences of my life, I'm still finding words to describe my feelings and observations. A few things are abundantly clear, though: water is life and Native people are long-overdue for adequate support! The Dakota Access Pipeline is an atrocity of vehement disregard for the environment, for human beings, and for American civil liberties. If you haven't found a way to get involved with the cause, please do! Check out my #nodapl sale below!

In much brighter news, I feel blessed to announce that Gibbous Creative is now one! It's been a year of experimentation and tight purse-strings, but how amazing to watch this business unfold and succeed! I love what I do and hope to continue supporting artists for years to come. I'm offering gift certificates this year, so please consider giving my services to a beloved artist in your world (or to yourself!) More info below.

Also bright: I'm now based in Albuquerque, a community I love and admire. It's my third move to this weird and wonderful city. If you're here or passing through, I'd love to connect with you!

Drawing has been a refuge for me these last few years. I've made a 2017 calendar of recent work. It's dark and broody with bright chords of surprise and cheer. If you need a little extra light in your new year, this simple calendar might help!

Art helps. I remember visiting the Lightning Field many years ago and, through the masterpiece of artist Walter de Maria, recognizing that everything has a light and a dark side. They may not exist in equal measure at all times, but in time's long cycles, light and dark always strike a balance. At moments like this, I trust that nature will restore equilibrium and that the dark days will again brighten.

I hope that the season will show you equal parts of dark and light, that there is enough joy to balance the rest!  Hang in there, my friends!  Join up, make art, and keep in touch. I wish you full hearts and warm hands. 


LOT Miami questions how, amidst rapid change, different communities can coexist
After 2.5 years of research, travel, and long-distance collaboration, LOT MIAMI emerged in the public realm! Even as Hurricane Matthew swept through the region, a group of local and national artists, community leaders, philosophers, educators, business owners, and neighbors were invited to form a temporary community, organized around a series of discussions, artworks, meals, adventures, and other planned and spontaneous events. Though Miami was spared by the hurricane, other areas of Florida, Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba were affected; homes were destroyed and lives were lost. Our project needed to change and adapt quickly while remaining sensitive and positive. We navigated a lot of changing dynamics to deliver a weekend of programming that aimed to investigate a specific vacant lot in the rapidly-changing neighborhood of Little Haiti. 

Though four out of five visiting artists couldn't make it to Miami and several locals had to cancel, the remaining group of participants was called together on Friday night at a private home to meet one another, eat a meal, and share in the re-planning. Saturday went forward with a neighborhood walk, on-site “studio” time, a semi-public potluck dinner, and a mash-up of presenters. Sunday’s activities focused around a neighborly BBQ with artist projects and one-on-one interviews happening throughout.

The week was a test of resilience, a product of group dynamics and a facilitator of much goodwill. Questions about mechanisms of power and about the neighborhood’s gentrification intermingled with questions about how and what aspects of the project to salvage after the storm, whether the project should spontaneously change focus, and how to be publicly nimble. Committed to an interest in the lot as a point of departure and an indwelling curiosity about coexistence, LOT Miami sparked a dialog about how neighborhoods adapt to changes both big and small, temporary and long-lasting.

I'm so grateful to my collaborator, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle and the many, many people who contributed to this ambitious and unusual project!

For more information about the project visit LOT WORKS.


Gibbous is 1!

This month Gibbous celebrates ONE YEAR in the biz! I'm so grateful to the wonderful people I've had the opportunity to work with this year. Gibbous has become an important support mechanism for artists committed to developing professional practices and tools. Together we've landed residencies, obtained grants, developed beautiful websites, crafted proposals, and written about art and artwork in ways that are authentic, courageous, and professional.

THANK YOU to my clients; you know who you are! I love seeing you succeed and I trust that your work is helping to make our world more imaginative, responsive, and colorful.

Stay tuned as I develop more ways to serve artists of color, artists with financial need, and especially artists in New Mexico.  

Kismet Mishap stands with Standing Rock

Last week I had the humble honor of traveling to Standing Rock to support the water protectors who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline through peaceful prayer. It was one of the most impactful experiences of my life. Though the site is surrounded by militarized police, the camps are inspired manifestations of human ingenuity and generosity. The culture at Standing Rock can teach us as great deal about how to heal each other and our world!

In the spirit of the season and in support of the water protectors' continuing struggle, I will donate all proceeds from the sales of my drawings to Standing Rock. Buy here before December 5!


Give Gibbous this holiday season!
Do you know a committed artist who could use a little extra support? Are you that hard-working artist who wishes for a truly useful gift?

Gift certificates are available in increments of $50 and available to new and pre-existing clients.

Gibbous works with artists all over the United States and specializes in supporting those with hybrid or non-traditional practices.

Contact Gibbous Creative for more information. 


2017 Kismet Mishap wall calendars

For the second year in a row, I've compiled recent drawings in a wall calendar. This collection is from my solo exhibition at Mountain Fold Books in September. These images are bright and colorful and are my way of exploring the energy of relationships. It makes me so happy to know that many of you will begin each month by turning the page onto another bright image. Available for $19.50 on my Etsy shop!


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