I am interested in the current status of endangered species in California. As I created this body of work my scope widened as I saw images of the extinct Tasmanian tigers and remembered the creatures of my childhood imagination. My daughter Cecile feels such a connection to the natural world and animals and I recall this pull vividly from my childhood.
I hope to capture the moment of seeing when something changes as well as the magic in the everyday. Hiraesh - a home sickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home that maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past is essential to my work. My interior world is of memories of childhood, books, songs, and stories steers my work. In this exhibit I also have my panda and donuts, dragon, and mythological creatures series.
Thank you for taking the time to look.
Ali Blum received her BFA from Cornell University in Painting and her MFA in Printmaking from Washington University in St Louis. She has had residencies at Curtiduria Print shop in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Ali actively exhibits and selected shows include Ligne Roset, Front Gallery, Somarts, The Mission Cultural Center, Cornell University, San Francisco Public Library, Museo de la Filatelia de Oaxaca, The San Francisco Jewish Library, Hartell Gallery, and Mano Magica.
Ali Blum teaches at Drew School and the students serve as a constant source of energy and inspiration. She has conducted workshops and live art demonstrations at the SFMOMA, De Young Friday Night Events, The Academy of Sciences, Asian Art Museum intern program, and The Jewish Museum. She is a member if the California Printmaking Society