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My Cross To Bear: Solo Art Show at Sequential Art Gallery

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My Cross To Bear is a collection of 14 all new collage-based art pieces by Portland-based graphic designer and internet personality, Nubby Twiglet. After a three year hiatus from art, Nubby’s return is most notably marked by an abundance of black and white pieces which feature motifs bearing her trademark graphic style.

A visual continuation of the acclaimed 2007 series Black & White Graphic Insight, My Cross to Bear presents a more refined artistic direction, featuring typographic elements seamlessly woven with fashion magazine mash-ups. These themes are often merged with self-portraits to create a modern collage style that walks a fine line between graphic design and fine art.

On the surface, My Cross To Bear is an homage to the symbolism of the red cross which often plays a starring role in Nubby’s design work. On a deeper level, it also delves into the transformation that takes place when a shift from obscurity to notoriety begins to take hold. With much of our lives now splashed across digital mediums without a second thought, the line between what we consider our private and public selves is consistently blurred. In this evolving social landscape, nothing is considered sacred. This is our cross to bear.

Each piece of art is a Nubbytwiglet.com original and will be available exclusively at Sequential Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon beginning December 1, 2011.


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In addition to the art series, t-shirts and screen printed posters from my archives will be available for sale. And, if that’s not enough to entice you, free stickers and postcards just might! For everyone outside of Portland, I will be compiling a post of all available pieces before the show with the gallery contact information. I’ll also be mailing special edition jumbo show cards to those of you that are interested; watch for an upcoming post in the next few weeks.


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My Cross To Bear:
Sequential Art Gallery, Portland, OR

Opening Party:
First Thursday — December 1, 2011, 6 to 10 PM

Show runs from December 1st through December 29th.


My Cross To Bear: Two More New Pieces!

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Today, I have two more pieces from the My Cross To Bear series to introduce to you. Both, as with my other larger pieces, are collage on wood and coated in epoxy resin.


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My Cross To Bear, 18 x 18 inches
collage and resin on wood


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My Cross To Bear is the signature piece of the series and will also be making an appearance on the front of the show flyer.


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Drown, 18 x 18 inches
collage and resin on wood


Drown features the shoes that have made multiple appearances in my branding as well as this blog’s header.


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my cross to bear art


More details about the show will follow soon!


My Cross To Bear: Four New Pieces

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2, 9 x 9 inches
collage and resin on ceramic red cross


2 is the third ceramic red cross in the My Cross To Bear series. This, along with a handful of new pieces feature neon yellow accents. I love how this color adds a modern edge to the stark back and white compositions. The three pieces below are composed on wood and also feature a layer of epoxy resin.


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B, 11 x 8 inches
collage and resin on wood


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After Dark, 11 x 17 inches
collage and resin on wood


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10, 17 x 11 inches
collage and resin on wood


I also just finished two larger pieces that I hope to share later this week. Thanks for joining me on this fun new journey!


My Cross To Bear: Full Circle

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Full Circle is the third piece in the My Cross To Bear series which launches at Sequential Art Gallery in December. Though I shared a progress shot last month, today I want to show the finished piece; this is the first cross that I’ve ever done in this size! Measuring 18 x 18 inches, it’s custom-built out of wood (thanks to Joey’s handiwork) and features a collage-covered surface that is sealed with a layer of epoxy resin.


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my cross to bear art

my cross to bear art

my cross to bear art


Thanks for tuning in as this series progresses! And thank you for all of the recent questions submitted to the Ask Nubby column — I’ve been very busy making new art and redoing my web portfolio but I wanted to let you know that read each and every one and hope to have some time to begin answering a fresh batch very soon.


Introducing My Cross To Bear

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Dark Truth, 9 x 9 inches
collage and resin on ceramic red cross


This December, my first solo show in three years, My Cross To Bear will be hosted at Sequential Art Gallery in Portland. Some people have been asking me why I’m doing art again. The simple answer is that I like a challenge. When you sit behind a computer all day, you you can hit a few keys and undo your mistakes. When you’re collaging and pouring resin, if you make a mistake, you have to step back and start over. Working in a different medium forces you to think in a completely different way. I love switching up my routine and facing a new challenge. More information about this 15 piece series will be following very soon. In the meantime, I’d like to share my first two pieces with you. Both are ceramic red crosses and feature collages that are coated in resin.


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The Arch, 9 x 9 inches
collage and resin on ceramic red cross


Art Flashback: In The Heat Of Summer, 2007

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Back in the Summer of 2007, I put together a quick series of collages over the course of a week titled In The Heat Of Summer. I miss the days of experimenting with collage, working with my hands and piecing together images and type. These were made just for fun, composed on hardboard with magazine cut-outs mixed with my personal photos, then scanned, with some Photoshop brushes then mixed in.


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art heat of summer nubby twiglet

art heat of summer nubby twiglet

art heat of summer nubby twiglet

art heat of summer nubby twiglet


I used to work on art all the time, sometimes for solo shows, sometimes just because I had some extra time (like these). But, once I graduated school and started taking on more design work, I just never seemed to have the time. It’s time to switch gears once again and make time because I have a solo art show coming up in November 2011. I’m sure it will be both exciting and challenging.


The Week in Pictures: 1.8.10

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week in pictures

Welcome to Wolfgang. Our house finally has a name: Wolfgang Manor. Honestly, my brother and I usually aren’t posed on the couch like this when people stop by to visit. We just did a shoot for a Swatch / POP Magazine collaboration and took a few extra photos with one of the setups.

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Passports. My brother decided that he wanted to go to the Olympics (long story) so we showed up at the post office Tuesday morning for passports. My photos look like mug shots. His make him look like a 70s era Journey roadie.

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Mall Food. We then stopped at the mall food court because he was hungry. He is always hungry. Always. Then we bought matching gray jeans at Forever 21 (as seen on our motorcycle shot below). Finally, we forgot which parking garage we were at. Four hours of my life I’ll never get back….but it was worth it.

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week in pictures

Fool’s Gold. I have the best aunts ever. For Christmas, one gave me a huge gift basket full of candy and miscellaneous treats. The other delivered cashmere socks and gold coins. Wait….are those chocolate inside?!! Short-changed again, Auntie Nubs!

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week in pictures

Space Room. Earlier in the week, I joined a pack of snowboarders at the Space Room for good conversations, cheese fries and drinks (be careful, they are strong). Don’t you love the ambience? They decorate it for every holiday.

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week in pictures

Jam Time. Afterwards, I kept them company in the basement while they had a jam session. We then watched a documentary on Aliester Crowley. Black magic is always a great way to end the night!

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Like Brother, Like Sister. My brother and I went jeans shopping at Forever 21 and came out with the same skinny, shredded gray jeans. We thought it was so funny that we hopped on the back of his motorcycle for photos and threw on our white leather jackets to complete the look.

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week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Paperdolls. I just completed a piece for the upcoming M.I.S.S. Paperdolls show at FIFTY24 Gallery in L.A. The ‘dress’ is affixed with gold nails and lifts to reveal the body underneath.

Until Next Week,

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