Saturday, November 14, 2009
Persian rug pattern sewn in decorative stitch on spine of
recontextulized found materials (I pulled apart one book
and from it made this one with the box and everything but
thread). 13 x 9.5 x 10.2 cm (in box together).
Friday, October 30, 2009
Medium: Mixed Media Collage
Size: 8” x 10” x 3”
Ceramics, Julia Gardner
Resin/mixed media, Ingrid Hendrix
Ceramics, Sara Swink
Ceramics, Alisa Looney
Metal, Karen Swallow
Calligraphy/mixed media, Annette Lansing
Ceramics, Dan Pillers
Fabric/mixed media, Hsin-Yi Huang
Mixed media, Diane Archer
Mixed media, Cynthia Hipkiss
Ceramics, Steve Winkenwerder
Silkscreen, Mar Goman
Painted rocks, Jenn Rawling
Paintings, Tripper Dungan
Paintings, Peg Johnson
Raku, Denise Graham
Beads/mixed media, Jamee Linton
Paintings, Kim Hamblin
Paper/mixed media, Terresa White
Clay/mixed media, Jennifer Hennig
Ceramics, Robert Huff
Photography, Hilary Pfeifer
Carved wood/paint, Flora Bowley
Paintings, George Heath
Polymer Clay & mixed media, Chris Haberman
Paintings, Scot Cameron-Bell
Ceramics, Beth Robinson
Paper/mixed media, Jamin LondonTinsel
Ceramics, Brigette Sarabi
Mixed media/encaustic, Holly Whitney
Paper mache/paint, Marcia Hindman
Oil paintings, Emilio Berwick
Raku, Stephanie Brockway
Carved & painted wood, Kurumi Conley
Fused/slumped glass, Janet Julian
Friday, October 23, 2009
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Friday, May 29, 2009
I often create visual metaphors inspired from paging through books. In creating these surreal images I have found myself moving toward a more photography feel.... this media supports a sense of reality while keeping a nod to the Mannerist.
But the book arts is still my first love.
I have felt that many where disheartened by the actions of the pervious administration, causing a questioning of our personal and national culture and identity. The title "where do we go from here?" inspired me to create a small collection of realizations and tools for realignment. As with any loss I have found it is good to take stock in the things around you. Evaluate where you have been, what your doing right now and where to go from here... In the beginning of a body of work I like to pick a place on the planet to focus on either by visiting or learning all that I can about that place.
Bali, for some reason came to me.
"In Bali this locating on the planet is very imperative into the geography of their culture. The whole idea of Bali is a matrix, a massive and invisible grid of spirits, guides, path and customs. The Balinese know were everyone belongs on this great, intangible map. They are human GPS.
The Balinese don’t let their newborn children touch the ground for the first six months, newborns are gods sent straight from heaven.... and it wouldn’t be acceptable for a god to crawl around.... So, for the first six months the babies are carried and revered as minor deities... if it dies before the end of the six months it is given a special cremation ceremony celebrating its god status...
But if the baby lives a big ceremony is held...
Family and friends watch as they lightly dip the baby’s feet in a bowl full of holy water, placed above a magic drawing encompassing the whole universe, and they touch her soles to the earth for the first time... when they lift her back up into the air, damp footprints remain. This orients the child at last onto the great Balinese grid, establishing who she is by establishing where she is. and she is now one of us... a human being with all the risk and thrills that are involved. And for the rest of her life she will answer"
where are you coming from?
and where are you going from here...
I’m going to weave in and out of these images...
pulling some of the symbols to your attention...
quoted from "eat love pray"
the soul leaves the body in the form of a bird.
Many religions have heavenly beings or spirits with wings:
angels, cherubs or seraphim for example.
Consequently the bird is a symbol of the spirit.
Birds can be mediators between gods and men,
and even act as vehicles for the gods.
Birds are seen in myths involving a Tree of Life,
and are sometimes depicted fighting
with or carrying a serpent, symbolizing the uneasy
balance between the sun (as bird) and the waters (as serpent).
And of course this comes from our own agricultural beginnings.
In most religious art the subject boils down to
the struggle between good and evil.
This piece symbolis how history handled good and evil
by the use of the mediator.
I think in the last sereval years the
appreciation of the mediator was lost.
I return to this issue again again...
it is something I really struggle with in my own practice...
This really embodies the idea that you can never really ever return to way it was or that moment...
this is loss and grief but depending on how you choose to move forward with it or not...
And this being the only photo of an empty photo book...
a reminder you cannot go back in history and live there
aka.. you can never go home again...
(pick up photo and read the back...)
You are mourning when there is no cause to lament,
and yet you speak words that seem to be wise.
The truly wise lament neither for the living nor the dead....
don’t lament but live in the present..
Then I began to make tools...
to reaffirm the skills acquired in the evaluation.
Buddhist and hindus often wear strings of beads called japa malas.
This is used to stay focused during prayerful meditation.
The beads are held in one hand and fingered in a circle...
one bead for each mantra.
The Crusaders admired this technique then created the rosary...
I have transfered it to luck...
Malcolm Gadwell just wrote a book on the secret to success....
He feels talent had little to do with
it but boil down to hard work and luck...
& everyone could use a little luck...
When you see things by deaths light you see the world in its truest form....
This is based on a folk tale about a girl named Vasalisa
and her journey back from the dark forest
where she was sent to die by her step mother and sisters.
This image is the moment on the journey she almost
throws the skull away but it reassures her.
"Don't throw me away. Keep me. You'll see."
Seeing things by skull light is not forgiving:
the old are elderly; the beautiful, lush;
the silly, foolish; the unfaithful are infidels...
yet things that are amazing become miracles.
She is thinking of the pain it causes
to know about self,
the nature of the world.
see also posting from 1/20/09
I often feel little in the world around me...
so I felt these large carp could be the perfect guides
into the Valley of the Giants..
In the Far East, the Carp symbolizes perseverance and
success owning to its ability to leap formidable rapids.
Its armor-like scales are linked to valor;
In Japan it is a symbol of the Samurai and of courage.
And who better to jump into the unknown
but with a Samurai at your side...
The Unknown: Missing Bird.... the missing bird is a king fisher.
In the East he often denotes a state of bliss.
While his feathers are prized for their color
and the magic they bring.