Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I vs.We Blog

I heard someone speaking about blogs the other day on an episode of The Splendid Table podcast.  She very astutely differentiated "I" and "We" blogs and why she only read "We" blogs.  "We" blogs are more inclusive by nature.  They express and share external ideas that a larger population can explore.  Since my art is about expression it seems logical that my blog concerning my art become more than just a personal diary about my attempts to make salable art.



So here is my "We" blog- Public Art:

If you are traveling through the Denver Airport you are in for a lovely surprise.  I was stuck in Terminal A with an unexpected landing and 4 hour layover from San Francisco to New York.  It was a really bummer except I stumbled upon Brianna Martray installing her art, Shadow Happy, in the airport concourse.   10,000 folder paper cranes.  Amazing!  We had a fun time chatting about the series of events that lead her to that place.  One of her companions also told us of the story behind the constant flute music floating down the hall.  (That story is for another time.)  She folded her 10000+ over the last five years from an abandoned novel she had written.  What a way to build on previous work.


So if you are passing on through Denver stop down near the security station at Terminal A and behold a wonderful play with paper and shadows.

Monday, June 6, 2011

More Wax- Secret Layers

I have been working a wax piece for a few days now.  I am feeling pretty good about it, although I am still not 100% sure I am done yet.  Travis and I have been have good discussions on why I took these classes at Wax Works West and the importance of encaustic techniques to my work.  I feel it is worth the time to learn these skills because unlike other whims of mine, like precious  metal polymerclay, dapping blocks and writing "how-to" books, wax embodies Mysteriosity.  I would be a fool to turn my back and put encaustics aside because it will take time to master.

  
I have this sitting in the living room so I can walk by it.  I have to approach it at various times of day and from new angles.   In judging my own work I often try to track where my eyes naturally travel around the piece.  I want to make sure that there is enough going on to move my eyes to land all the important sections or details.
Where do your eyes take you?


This is a lot of layers.  I have hidden things and then instead of revealing them by removing wax I just redrew the elements on top of the old ones.  It is like leaving the leaves on the ground in a forest year after year.  The ones at the bottom are obliterated and disintegrate while more and more pile on top.


The shutters are from a doll house.  Some of the text is stencil and some is hand written with carbon paper.  There are real branches from my plum tree outback painted with wax, although maybe I have too many branches attached.


I think I like the detail shots better the the art as a whole.  I am not even sure what that means.  Maybe I should go blot out parts of it?  Maybe I should get a saw......