An outdoor projection in San Jose: My collaborative piece with poet Tiffany Higgins for the SubZERO festival

“You bear the scar at the base of your spine, where lies the shadow of the moon” is a visual poem of light created for SubZERO festival 2012. It is a collaborative piece between Tiffany Higgins (texts) and myself (visuals): a series of animations about real and fictitious species, the ocean we are coming from, and the cosmos we are dreaming of. Digitized elements of nature float in San Jose’s urban environment.

My participation to ‘Inspire / Respond’: St Madeleine Sophie’s Center and the Feminist Group

Inspire/Respond: St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and the Feminist Image Group
June 1 – 30 / Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 5-8pm

The Traveling Piece
mixed media collage

I am participating to a very interesting show in San Diego with the Feminist Group.

Here is the Story of ‘The Traveling Piece’, the piece I’ve made for the show, inspired by Linda’s Rubin piece. Both pieces are shown next to each other in ‘Inspire/Respond’.

All the artists participating to the ‘Inspire/Respond’ project chose a piece at Madeleine Sophie’s center in San Diego to work from. Living in the Bay area, I could not go get the piece. So Anna chose a print for me by Linda Rubin. She gave Linda’s piece to her sister Molly who was traveling back from San Diego to Palo Alto. A few days ago I met Molly at her office which was really nice. We looked together at Linda’s piece which I was seeing for the first time. A beautiful print of a blue bird. May be a migratory bird?

I took it back to my house where I kept it in sight. I decided to take the piece to where the birds are around here, a place I love: the bay. Milo, my 11 year old son just ruptured his Achilles tendon. We could not really walk much but he, his brother Harper and I, went to the bay in Mountain View and took some nice pictures there with Linda’s piece. The birds were peacefully walking, searching for food, floating around, flying above, chirping and singing. It was nice to see Linda’s blue bird there too!

After we came back home I thought that Linda’s piece was the ‘traveling piece’ and my piece would be the envelope of Linda’s piece on its way back to San Diego.

I love this project and I am glad to be part of it.
Thank you Linda for the inspiration.

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and the Feminist Image Group
Art Exhibition June 1 – 30
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 5-8pm

Sophie’s Gallery & Gift Shop NTC
2825 Dewey Road, Gallery 101
San Diego, CA 92101

Artists from FIG create visual and critical responses to artworks by adults with developmental disabilities of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. “Inspire/Respond” was a challenge to expand artistic horizons and methods, honoring the traditions of outsider art. Artworks are displayed together in this exciting exhibition at Sophie’s Gallery in Liberty Station.

Participating artists:
Daphne Hill / George Cline
Anna Stump / Tina Frantz
Michele Guieu / Linda Rubin
Kathy Nida / Mitch Gricman
Susan Myrland / Clayton Hauer
Lisa Hutton / Omar Torrez
Jeanne Dunn / Michael Jacobs
Prudence Horne / Susan Warin
Asa Kvissberg  / Theresa Baker
Anna Zappoli / Mary Ann Denton
Amy Paul / Linda Rubin
Jennifer Bennett /

About FIG:
The Feminist Image Group was formed in 2009. FIG is a coalition of visual artists who meet to discuss art, see exhibitions, and support one another’s careers. Artists work across many media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, digital media and performance.

As artists, FIG is concerned with how women continue to be portrayed in the art world. As teachers and feminists, they encourage students and colleagues to be alert to sexism in its many forms. FIG promotes an inclusive worldview that allows all voices. Previous exhibitions include “Women by Women” at the San Diego Art Department, 2010, and “What Women Want” at the Lyceum Theater Gallery, 2011, and “Feeder” at 4141 Garage, 2012.


‘Time Capsule’, a sight and sound collaborative piece / The Billboard Art Project in Richmond, VA

An image from “Time Capsule

April 2 – April 29
The Billboard Art Project in Richmond, VA
Collaborative Piece Maria Dumlao and Michele Guieu

From the BAP website: On weekends, the 2012 Richmond Billboard Art Project schedule will include a Sight & Sound show, featuring works with an audio component that runs simultaneously with the imagery. Viewers can tune in to the short-range FM signal, which is audible within a radius of 150 feet of the billboard. We will be broadcasting off of 105.1 FM on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 12 a.m., 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. These shows will also be podcast. For complete information about this project and its participants, please download this pdf.

Maria Dumlao and I created a special piece for the Billboard Art Project show in Richmond taking place during the month of April 2012. We created a series of images (the rhythm of the images displayed on the billboard is 10sec per image) and a soundtrack. The length of our piece is 8:51.

TIME CAPSULE tells a story of a young woman in post-apocalyptic Richmond, VA. It imagines a world where destruction is inevitable, regrets are mourned, memory serves as the main source of happiness and finding the most basic needs is more difficult than ever. Erin, the protagonist, reminisces about her life before the destruction, describes the urgency of the situation, and demonstrates wisdom as she articulates lessons she’s learned in the end.

Images from ‘Time Capsule’

The piece is made up of a series of still images displayed on an LED billboard and sound broadcast over a short-range FM signal. Visible on I-195 and audible within one mile on FM radio, this site-specific work is experienced best from an abandoned parking lot underneath the billboard.

In “Time Capsule”, Erin talks about a box she and her friends hid at the site of the billboard. Here’s a photo of its content. The box is hidden at the site.

The parking lot where the viewer can stop is the same place where Erin used to hang out with her friends before an untold catastrophe occurred and turned her world upside down. This is the setting of the story. It is also the place where the viewer can find the box that Erin and her friends hid at the site – at the bottom of the billboard itself. The GPS coordinates are given at the end of her story.

The project is a collaboration between Maria Dumlao and Michele Guieu that began during the Billboard Art Project “Sight and Sound Weekend Residency” in January 2012. Both artists have participated individually in previous Billboard Art Project’s shows in 2011.

Erin’s voice: Morgan Fleisch

Here’s the list of the special collaborative projects created for the Sight and Sound show in Richmond:
‘Patterns of (missed)communication’
By Monica Carrier (visual) & Leah Rico (sound)
‘Time Capsule’

By Michele Guieu (visual) & Maria Dumlao (sound)
‘Drawing Breath (An Ordinary Paradise)’

By Kimberly Witham (visual) & Industry of the Ordinary (sound)

By Alli Miller (visual) & Mike Bodine (sound)
‘Digital Canvas – A Constructive Art Medium’

By Jason Sayner (visual) & Mike Bodine (sound)

By Jason Sayner (visual) & John Dombroski (sound)
‘Journey Through Broken’

By Laura Zaylea (visual) & Andrew Thomas (sound)

By Claire Accardo (visual) & Jennifer Rarick (sound)
‘Then and Now and Everything in Between’

By Rachael Gorchov (visual) & David Morrison (sound)

By Industry of the Ordinary (visual & sound)