Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New things

My latest attempt at an official website is up and running: http://leicaclayton.wix.com/leicaclayton
Knock yourself out! :)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Of Other Places

Here's the flier for a group show I'm in for the next couple of weeks.

Friday, November 29, 2013

"I'll never leave. I'll always stay. I swear on all that I keep safe."



Effected I, 4X3in(ish), mixed media




"...my love is older than my soul."

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Half Double Split Divided


This is a Collaborative Show I'm doing with another artist in my program, Mike Lee.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Gallery 468
6:00-8:00pm

I'm super excited!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Research

Unfortunately, my summer was unproductive as far as new art making was concerned, but I have done a lot of research, and I've been diving in, and scavenging for relevant information at full force since school started. From the psychological connotations of the circle (which I have made the main object of my work) to it's rich spiritual symbolism revered in other cultures, mainly Islam, I have delved into a new school year with renewed passion for what I am doing.

For an English class I had to read a couple of wonderful pieces and I wanted to share them here because I feel like these are ideas that influence my work, and perhaps all art.  In my opinion, Art is the human experience explored.  So here are a couple of things for our minds to chew on as we consider life and experience, and exploring it.

Quote from Joyas Voladores: "We are utterly open with no one, in the end - not mother and father, nor wife or husband, not lover, not child, not friend. We open windows to each but we live alone in the house of the heart. Perhaps we must. Perhaps we could not bear to be so naked, for fear of a constantly harrowed heart. When young we think there will come one person who will savor and sustain us always; when we are older we know this is the dream of a child, that all hearts finally are bruised and scarred, scored and torn, repaired by time and will, patched by force of character, yet fragile and rickety forevermore, no matter how ferocious the defense and how many bricks you bring to the wall. You can brick up your heart as stout and tight and hard cold and impregnable as you possibly can and down it comes in an instant, felled by a woman's second glance, a child's apple breath, the shatter of glass in the road, the words I have something to tell you, a cat with a broken spine dragging itself into the forest to die, the brush of your mother's papery ancient hand in the thicket of your hair, the memory of you father's voice early in the morning echoing from the kitchen where he is making pancakes for his children." -  Brian Doyle

Here's a second link to another profoundly moving article:
A Sin by Brian Doyle


Friday, July 26, 2013

"I'm never real. It is just a sketch of me. And everything I made is trite and cheap, and a waste of paint, of tape, of time."

this used to be one of my favorite songs. and sometimes you just gotta come back to the classics.
a small study I did a while ago















"last few months I've been living with this couple.
yeah, you know the kind that buy everything in doubles?
oh, they fit together like a puzzle.
and I love their love and I am thankful
that someone actually receives the prize that was promised
by all those fairy tales that drugged us.
and they still do me.
i'm sick, lonely,
no laurel tree
just green envy.
will my number come up eventually?
like loves is some kind of lottery
where you scratch and see what's underneath...

'it's sorry.'
just one cherry.
'play again.'
Get lucky."

Friday, July 19, 2013

Miniatures Art Show

I had one of my pieces accepted into the Miniatures Art Show (an online show, as of right now) at the Linus Gallery in southern California.  My piece, "Circles Learning From Experience," is eligible to be selected for the live collective show coming up this Fall. I'll keep ya'll posted. :)

This is the link to the whole show:
http://linusgallery.com/juried-exhibitions/category/miniatures/

And this is the link to my piece:
http://linusgallery.com/juried-exhibitions/juried-art-exhibitions-leica-clayton-21/

Friday, May 31, 2013

Every day...

...you walk with stronger step, you walk with longer step, the worst is over. < 3

This is documentation of my show that I took down today. It went well. I'm grateful that I was able to do this, and I'm glad that I gained so much experience putting it all together.  These past few months since being home from my mission, I've learned so much about adversity and rejection: a billion job applications, a billion show applications, almost as many rejections from both, and a continually breaking heart really brought me down to a low point. But more importantly, I learned that if you just keep pushing forward with faith that things will resolve themselves.  Don't give up. There are good things to come. :)


(check out how messed up my hair is hahah)



Friday, May 10, 2013

Seeing and Beeing Seen Show


This is a flyer for my show. It's a video installation that I've been working on since the beginning of last semester.  The opening reception will be Friday, May 17, 6-8pm

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

between hopeful and hopeless

late night post about some musical influences bc i can't sleep, but i am in fact horribly tired and incapable of doing something more productive with my unfortunate bout of insomnia time.

carried away - passion pit
still not over how much i love
1)this song
"i get carried away, carried away from you, and I'm hoping and I'm praying, cause i'm sorry, sorry about that, sorry about things that I said, always let it get to my head..."
2)this video


i think ur a contra - vampire weekend
i've quoted this briefly on my blog before. mostly because it's an all time fav, and it's constantly popping back into my head.
"Never pick sides, never choose between two.
But I just wanted to you,
I just wanted you."

winter is coming - radical face
winter isn't actually coming...bad timing on my part.
radical face was a big influence in a lot of my dumb sketchbook nothings and a few prints from 2010
"Everything we stole, everything we broke,
Everything we bought is gone
A couple dumb mistakes, bigger than we thought,
Nothing to left to do but run
If I could put it back, fill in all the cracks,
Nothing there I wouldn't change

But wishing never helps, wishing never helps,
Wishing never solved a thing"


inches and falling - the format

this, for me, is a classic. i'd quote the whole thing bc it's probably 80% true to how i feel and 100% well put: the ups, the downs, the loss of hope, the renewal of hope...all to a completely 2000s-ish punk beat, hahahah

"we'll take our chances! we'll last a month...we'll never speak again. how i love being in love...
"you don't need him, you need to be seen. so someone else can treat you wrong, so you, my love, can sing this song: i love love, i love being in love, i don't care what it does to me...
"we'll take our chances! we'll rise above! we'll last until the end! how, i love how, i love how, i love being in love!"

fin.