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Let me just say, I have wandered every single inch of this town and the most fun I’ve had with shopping is this Flea Market.  It’s a tourist town, but I’m from New York so I don’t want to feel like a tourist shopping around and I also don’t want to barge in on someone else’s culture improperly.  I ran into familiar faces who were vendors at the fair and there were all kinds of hidden gems.  I walked away with a tiny silver spoon that was a gift from a vendor and a deerskin choker necklace with snake vertebrae.  _DSC0002_DSC0004_DSC0005_DSC0007_DSC0008_DSC0010_DSC0013_DSC0014_DSC0016_DSC0018_DSC0029

So for the rest of the summer, I’ll be living in Taos, New Mexico during my residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.  I’ve been here about a week and all I can say is that my life has already changed in that short period of time.  My health has been bad since past August, which as many of you know has forced me to stop making artwork and exhibiting.  Since I arrived, I don’t stop sketching out ideas in my notebook or writing down subjects that interest me about the Spanish and Native cultural influence in the town.  I came here with the intention of creating spiritually themed work in performance as well as outdoor sculptures involving papercutting, and I cannot wait to share photos throughout my stay so keep checking back!

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Lately I have been thinking about the gypsy lifestyle.  No, not the kind of gypsy that you see on TLC’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding but that old traditional view of it.  Being in a caravan and traveling around.  I can’t stop imagining about what it would be to be a modern nomad.  Sure, people do it all the time.  Would I be able to?  No.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  Let’s be serious, I could probably not even camp out in my backyard.

Yesterday I watched this video and was totally blown away.  For those of you just reading this post, I’m planning on going to Wyoming for two weeks now in July.  This is my first time going and doing anything like it, so I’m pretty excited.  But this video is exactly what I would love to create related to my own trip.  Sure, I’m not going to China or Cambodia or anywhere else spectacular. I’m staying here in the States.  I find beauty in just the city I’m in or just going to the airport.  Why not make a video of it?  I can’t imagine the shots I’ll find in Wyoming for my video/photos.  Add in some dolly shots and a really moody song and you have yourself a heartfelt video.

Pittsburgh has its little spots that have that grimy sense of wonder.  There are a lot of old pockets in this city, and not too many people are fans.  I love them.  They make for great photos and bring on a sense of nostalgia whenever you’re around them.  When I see these places it makes me want to go explore them and to capture them in as many images as possible. These are taken around Braddock.  I dragged my boyfriend to drive me all around that city.  Wait until he hears that I want to go back.