Author Archives: beelsebub

In February 2016, I made a trip to visit dear friends who have retired to Eleuthera, Bahamas, and to scope out a possible project about how coastal communities’ lives are affected by changes in the ocean, including increasing garbage in the water and on the shores and changing marine life migration and availability. Eleuthera is [...]

Ephemeral at GRACE

I am thrilled to be included in the Washington Sculptors Group show Ephemeral at Greater Reston Arts Center (VA).  This show is part of the group’s Sculpture NOW series and draws its inspiration from the Patrick Dougherty “stick” installation A Bird in Hand added to Reston Town Center this summer. I was able to volunteer [...]

Fused recycled plastic – going global

I have been fusing used plastic bags for a few years now.  I often paint them with acrylic paints and then fuse a few layers together to get a stiff fabric that I can sew into jewelry pieces or incorporate into larger sculptures. I have blogged about the piece that the Union of Concerned Scientists [...]

Call and Response

Angie Newman Johnson Gallery at Episcopal High School 1200 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302 May 12 – June 14, 12015 Jessica Beels, Elsabe Dixon, Inga Hamilton – curated by Elizabeth Vorlicek For the past year or so, I have been marinating ideas and slowly producing work for a 3-person show called Call and Response.  [...]

Migrating Radiozoa – Voyage of Discovery

“Radiolarian” is the word generally used to denote a large family of microscopic sea animals that includes radiolaria (silica-based), acantheria (strontium-based) and foraminifera (calcium-based) – hundreds of tiny creatures found in the oceans throughout the globe. My focus on this group for the Voyage of Discovery show was inspired by a 2012 article in The [...]

Washington Guild of Goldsmiths – Metalwork 2014

The Washington Guild of Goldsmiths 2014 Metalwork show will be open November 1–29 at Gallery B in Bethesda, MD (7700 Wisconsin Avenue).  Fifty WSG members will be showing their work, and I am honored to be among them! The opening reception is Saturday, November 1, 4 – 8 pm. Hope to see you there! The [...]

Melting Sea Ice – Voyage of Discovery

Finally, after about a year of collaborating, Michele Banks, Ellyn Weiss, and I have installed Voyage of Discovery at the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) in downtown DC. All three of us create work with scientific themes, so a joint venture seemed a logical and exciting prospect.  We were thrilled when the [...]

Weigh Your Words – continued

  Last spring, amid the end-of-school-year insanity heightened by our daughter’s graduation from high school, I was preparing for the rebirth of the Weigh your Words project that I started at Artomatic in the summer of 2012 (see the post on this blog from May 17, 2012).  My seesaw and sorting bins for Weigh Your [...]

For Pulse: Pass it On

This piece is about neurons in the brain, specifically about explorations about their communication (or lack thereof) as part of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  I have incorporated neurons into my work in the past – two of the Courage Unmasked pieces (both for the 2009 auction) had neurons in the interior of the mask, where [...]

For Pulse: Clot (a series)

Once I had started on one piece (HPV Deconstructed), the others flowed more easily.  I wanted to do a piece about blood, and blood cells in particular.  I also wanted to work more extensively with non-paper materials. Mesh – In college, I had taken a course called Projects in 3 Dimensions, in which we explored [...]