Monday, December 19, 2011

Ohio State vs. the Gamecocks ... O-H-I-O cheer


It was supposed to be a Gamecock home game ... but Ohio Staters were everywhere. The only home arena advantage was that USC controlled the loud speakers and sounded there obnoxious rooster call almost every time the Buckeyes had the place in an uproar!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Turduckin, 2011


Thanksgiving 2011. Sonya and Vipin hosted a most amazing Thanksgiving dinner and introduced us to a new tradition ... TURDUCKEN!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mariachi Band at Vision Gallery



This video isn't the greatest. Why? Because my camera only takes movies that become "MOV" files on my computer. There's no possible way to switch the formatting on the camera to the needed "AVI" type file that works with Blogger. I have a free program to "convert" the file ... but ... well, I get what I paid for ... not a great result. I should have taken the video with Steve's camera (my old camera!). Yet, this video does offer a bit of the southwestern flavor and vocal excitement that entertained during the reception of Vision Gallery's Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) reception last Friday night. My show "Famous Last Words" was part of the festivities.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tar Balls on South Carolina's Folly Beach



On Thursday, October 13, 2011 I went to what is left of Folly Beach to collect trash for my upcoming window installation, Two Hours at the Beach. It was a disturbing trip. First, Folly Beach's County Park is closed due to severe erosion caused by Hurricane Irene. The damage is shocking. There's nothing left of most of dunes at the end of the island. Second, there were all sorts of black "rocks" littering the sand and leeching coffee like stains back into the ocean. On closer inspection, they weren't really "rocks" but TAR BALLS. Some were the size of bowling balls. The small ones could be easily broken by hand. This video shows my husband Steve breaking one of the small ones I brought back.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

He Said, She Said



This artist book was created using two, mixed media works on 5" x 7" masonite panels featuring antique engravings with layers of paint and sheer paper. Holes were drilled for coptic binding.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mining in Arkansas


Steve and I had a total blast at Coleman's Quartz Mine on Thursday, September 1, 2011. We found plenty of beautiful stones to line our pet cemetery, many clear crystal pieces, met lots of nice people, and tried our best not to die of heat stroke in the 96 degree temperatures!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Why I Love DC


This video was made in response to a question posed on Facebook by one of my former high school classmates, Doug Riggs. He asked, "Why would you like to like in DC?"

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ophelia ... Time lapse video by Heather Bauer



This time lapse video was taken by the talented photographer Heather Bauer between 7:30 - 8:15 on June 2, 2011 during "First Thursday on Main Street" in Columbia, South Carolina. It documents the performance art piece OPHELIA. This collaborative project was the vision of Susan Lenz who also modeled for the work. The graffitti-inspired "suicide note" on the back wall was created by Michael Krajewski. After the one-evening only "performance art", a large, framed photo was suspended above the bathtub ... replacing the mirror. This suspended photo was taken by Heather Bauer and Eric Parton during "dress rehearsal" on May 31th. It pictured Susan Lenz as Ophelia, the tragic Shakespearean character from Hamlet that was a popular subject for many Pre-Raphelite and Arts & Crafts painters.

To read more about Ophelia ... with additional "still" photos, please click HERE!

Friday, March 18, 2011

I Do / I Don't, Before the Installation



This video was taken on St. Patrick's Day 2011. It shows an opulent room in the old Mais Oui building, 927-929 Gervais Street which will be the site of Susan Lenz's installation "I Do / I Don't". The site specific work will focus on marital relationships and include a grouping of vintage and new wedding veils on which the artist has free motion machine embroidered collected statements. These veils and also stitched ribbons will be suspended from the ceiling. The public will have an opportunity to share there impressions and reflections on both marriage and divorce.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Parking Lot


Some people have been more than a little offended by my Grave Rubbing Art Quilt Series. They're aghast that I apply fabric over a tombstone and make a crayon rubbing because this action requires me to TOUCH the marker.

Well....my husband LOVES this art series. He loves the fact that we can travel just about anywhere in the world and make it a partial, legal tax deduction. He loves cemeteries too....the peacefulness, the beautiful landscaping, the sculptural angels, the touching words that speak from the distant past, the thought provoking personal truths that epitaphs provide, the lingering realities of a limited life span.....and he LOVES scouting out new locations for rubbings.

On a recent trip to watch our elder son, Mathias Lenz Dingman, dance with Birmingham Royal Ballet....he found this location outside Manchester....with the church parking lot that is simultaneously part of a century old cemetery. Well....I might TOUCH the graves....but I've never PARKED ON THEM! I can't wait to visit here too. I'm sure there won't be any outraged people if I'm caught in the act of making a simple grave rubbing on fabric!

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Last Bouquet, Window Installation



The Last Bouquet is a window installation at the Tapp's building in Columbia. Located at the corner of Main Street and Blanding Street, the old department store will hopefully become a permanent arts building. In the meantime, Brenda Schwarz Miller (who took most of the moving images for this video) is spear-heading monthly art openings and coordinating the window installations. Her daughter Syna graciously helped with the artificial flowers.

The artwork includes a piece from my "Angels in Mourning" series called "A Bud on Earth", two large curtain panels covered in crayon grave rubbings, chiffon banners with free motion machine embroidered epitaphs, and eight garbage bags of artificial flowers collected from cemetery dumpsters. The window is on display 24/7 from January 1 - February 28, 2011!