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Opium Cyanotypes (part 1)

This summer I'm concocting experiments in my studio, to take advantage of China's clear skies. These images have been brewing for quite some time.  Years, actually. They're part of a series on China and America's common ground: Opium. A drug that …

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Indian Silkscreen and French Travel Books

Oh, Pondicherry. A place I'd dreamed of visiting since first hearing the name that evoked peppercorns and red wine. Its unique combination of French and Indian cultures was irresistible. Once I'd even applied for an arts residency there. When I sent the …

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Beating Bark in Beijing

Since moving to Beijing, I've been on the lookout for partners on a quest to make unique art books. Something like the special edition of Paper Pilgrimage, but with a more creative synthesis of Chinese and American (okay, Western) techniques. …

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Beijing Impressions

I moved to Beijing to explore creative possibilities. There's a lot fermenting in the metropolis. On the one hand, it's China's center of power and control, yet it has an abundance of natural subversives: the country's highest concentration of artists and …

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Traveling Bookshelf in Sicily

Movana Chen just completed a 2-week residency at Studio Sicilia, and was working on her Traveling to Your Bookshelf Project. She's been knitting my paper book manuscript into part of a giant scarf she's been making for years, made of …

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Books into Art

There's a lot of controversy these days in the publishing industry. Traditional ways of publishing are no longer viable options: they involve killing lots of trees and shipping them around the world to bookstores. Pixels are a lot lighter, and …

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Studio Sicilia’s Finished!

  Blue windows shocked the neighbors last year ("Nobody paints their windows blue around here," they said) but they've grown to like them Studio Sicilia is finished!  Well, the upstairs is, anyway. After years of dreaming and saving and slogging away, …

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Imaginary Landscapes of Betel-Nut Island

A virtual exhibition of the best artwork from my Artists Residency at Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang) Imaginary Landscapes of Betel-Nut Island from Elizabeth Briel on Vimeo. You can find out more about how I made these pieces here.   Music by …

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Layouts and Landscapes

After weeks of testing out materials, exposure times, and half-baked ideas, I'm in the final stretch of my residency here at USM (Universiti Sains Malaysia). Now I'm working on large-scale art that's building on what came before (currently on exhibition …

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Mid-Residency Exhibition

Artists have a dirty little secret: Every masterpiece you encounter in a museum was built on top of many failures. And you never see these other works. All that we see is what made the cut. If an artist is …

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