on view at Butler Area Artists Exhibit Feb. 22-Mar. 29, 2015
Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown OH
When I started this blog I thought it would be a journal of the new small works I wanted to concentrate on.
But I am finding that my writing, journalling and documenting is like my artwork. I get distracted by other things...new materials to try out, shows I want to enter, exhibit opportunities I am invited to participate in.
The term "mixed media" extends to all aspects of my life.
Chrysali is a continuation of my work with tea bags.
(Tea bags are small, right, so in that regard I am working small.)
I made a number of pods or cocoons from the tea bags and they developed into this work. To be honest, the frame structure, wrapped branches and wax were from an older attempt at an artwork that never really went anywhere. I laid the cocoons on the branches and they seemed to complete each other. I like the fact that this use of materials and arrangement reflect what goes on in nature but is not totally literal. Having made a number of cocoons before these 3 found their "home" I am now in search of a home for the rest of the cocoons. What I am struggling with is how to achieve the same reference to nature and maintain that not quite literal quality.
All in all I guess I had better change the description of my blog to reflect that I am really recording that I am
"all over the place" with my work!
Stay tuned for "All Over the Place" part two.