Sketchbooks & Journals
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#Slowtrain: from Mongolia To Yunnan (2017)
The #Slowtrain sketchbook, IG posts, and #slowtrain zines were created as part of my virtual residency project with @china_residencies. In October 2017, I set out, once again, to learn about the cultural and historical connections between the Mongolian nation and the Naxi ethnic peoples. Riding old trains from the border of Mongolia (Zamiin-Uud township) to the heart of the Naxi in Lijiang, Yunnan, I took notes and made drawings while roughly following the path that Kublai Khan’s troops would have taken in the 13th century, on their quest to conquer the known world.
080: Lucky Punch (2016)
I created the 080: Lucky Punch sketchbook with the assistance of a grant from the Asian Cultural Council. Original proposal: to study traditional Mongolian shamanic practices, as a visual artist trying to trace ethnic lineage. This book documents my journey of locating shamans across Mongolia (I came across 10 total). With their permission, I observed them as they conducted rituals and ceremonies, and/or navigated through the more mundane aspects of their daily lives.
Vescia Piscis: I and II (2014)
The Vesica Piscis sketchbook set accompanies the Vesica Piscis curated session at Lijiang Studio in Yunnan, China.
Final Call (2013)
Drawings of friends from Baltimore (MD), Providence (RI), and NYC.
Hand-bound sketchbook with mixed papers, created during my first curated session at Lijiang Studio. An introduction to “ecosexuality.”
I made these ink drawings during (and immediately after) the time of my grandmother’s passing, in Baltimore (MD), Providence (RI), and Washington D.C. My goal was to keep adding and layering into the book until I broke its spine. Eventually I had to stop because there was no room to draw or add anything anymore. This book is really heavy, smells kind of dank (because of the gingko I taped in there), and some of the pages stick together, but it is one of my favorites.
Amy G. Dala & the PreFrontal Cortex (2009)
Working at the Puppetree in East Thetford, VT (USA), hiking along the Mystery Trail on my days off. Venting feelings during a visit to Taiwan, when my grandmother was coping with lymph node cancer. Observations from a short trip to Tokyo, Japan.
(last updated: 20181120)