stella vine is here
Stella Vine has arrived! Straight from London, Stella has set up studio at MONA to create a custom mural that she has already begun. The mural will be completed by the time stella has to leave (which I think is tuesday). I thought stella might have more drawings or paintings with her but due to her time constraints and the long trip it is easier for her to paint while here. It is nice to see a work in progress but I would have loved to have seen some other works - even drawings.
Stella (right) and I spoke at the opening. I think everyone always has a little bit of resignation when it comes to mona and were maybe wondering if stella was actually coming this time - but she made it in person! She was very personable and for someone whose work has gained international praise she still was very grounded when it came to talking about her career. Not finding gallery representation in london hasn't gotten her down. She has decided to go about a more personal approach. She now has a manager and with more shows coming, she eventually will gain a larger collector base and try to stage shows herself (or at least is the plan for now). It is weird - no matter where you are (as an artist) you still try to fit in - Stella even shared her discontent for the london art scene and her feeling of not being included. She was a delight to chat with and I hope to speak with her again before she leaves.
I hope that everyone gets a chance to make it out to mona....stella upstairs, a mixed group cranbrook grad show and my work downstairs - the space is really coming alive!