Thursday, April 24, 2014

Talking Turkey

MSSU Art Department Head and art historian shared about her recent trip to Istanbul. Lots of great photos and stories about the art and architecture she experienced in one mere week. She brought lots of artifacts home and spread them on the tables for us to peruse. Of course, I drooled over the radial symmetry, curved lines, powerful color, and text. Oooh ahhh. Thanks, Christine!













Current Artist Statement

I make art because I have to. It is an addiction and a compulsion, keeping me balanced and sane. I've been making art, designing, arranging, and problem-solving since my bucket of crayons melted into one. Instead of crying about it, I popped out and drew with the newly-formed chunk of multicolored wax.


The work has always been crafted carefully, as opposed to expressively and messily. I have a tangible sense of control in my art that I don't have in other realms of my existence. Currently I am making work based on the whimsical drawings of my five year old nephew, Arlo. Mediums include yarn, acrylic, gouache, graphite, collage, and collaborations with the community. I am attempting to capture our common childhood creativity, renewing our collective vigor for rulelessness, abstraction, and multiple meanings.

Josie Mai
April 24th, 2014


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Scarily Spot-On Artist Statement

Josie Mai (°1971, Kansas City, United States) makes paintings, drawings, installations and mixed media artworks. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, Mai absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
Her paintings question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations and ideas normally function. By investigating language on a meta-level, she makes work that generates diverse meanings. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image.
Her works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, she tries to grasp language. Transformed into art, language becomes an ornament. At that moment, lots of ambiguities and indistinctnesses, which are inherent to the phenomenon, come to the surface.
Her collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.
Her works focus on the inability of communication which is used to visualise reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language. In short, the lack of clear references are key elements in the work. Josie Mai currently lives and works in Carthage.


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Funny Artist Statement

Josie Mai's Artist Statement

Through my work I attempt to examine the phenomenon of Pussycat as a methaphorical interpretation of both Matisse and making.

What began as a personal journey of DANGism has translated into images of pesto and elbow that resonate with Samoan people to question their own orangeness.

My mixed media hedgehog embody an idiosyncratic view of Dalai Lama, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection between River Phoenix, dachshunds and herbs.

My work is in the private collection of Taylor Swift who said 'OMG! that's some real prickly Art.' 

I am a recipient of a grant from Folsom Prison where I served time for stealing mugs and tie clips from the gift shop of The d'Orsay. I have exhibited in group shows at Taco Bell and Spiva, though not at the same time. I currently spend my time between my kitchen counter and Berlin.




Hilarious! Generated by the following website. Reminds me of Madlibs back in the day.




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Art Lounge: Installation and Reception

The many-armed goddess has several names and meanings in the Hindu religion: empowerment, time, death, invincibility, the ultimate power inherent in all creation. As artists we embrace this power and responsibility.

The figure we created has parts of all of us. Main body is Cori’s. Cupped hands are Josie’s. Feet are Kayla’s. Arms are the other artists. We are one.

The vessels hold the sacrifices we make for our art life: being different, unique, talented, outcast, special, set apart. Pressure to be original, accomplished, and heard.

The writings represent our laments, our “illuminated manuscripts”, our stream of consciousness, authentic and unedited.

Soft white lights shine on every element of the installation, indicating perhaps a divine light, a thumbs-up, a glowing approval of our artist path.


The Art Lounge Artists:

Blake Anderson
Brody Coursey
Abigail Danley
Shaun Dingo
Michaela Hosp
Josie Mai
Chaz McRae
Margaret Mouton
Shae Patrick
Chadan Tomlin
Kayla Tomlin
Cori Worley













Art Lounge: Week 8-9









Adinkra Frottage Collage




In my Art for Elementary class, we studied Adinkra symbols and printing. Then we made rubbings (frottage) with crayons of textures around the room, hallways, outside entrance. We drew three Adinkra symbols and created one of our own, based on a significant event in our life. Lastly, we cut, glued (collage) and labeled the symbols.