I just wrapped up this one (entitled "Test Tube Tot") a few hours ago. Earlier this week I was playing around in my workspace with an idea. I'd been gifted a whole box of test tubes and I wanted to put some of them to use. That said, I took a reproduction of a vintage photo, cut it into strips, and inserted the strips into a dozen test tubes. The effect was intriguing, so I decided to make it the focal point of a piece--and here it is. Dimensions: 12"h x 9"w x 4" d.
I completed this one (entitled "Free Range") a couple of days ago. It's a simple assemblage--featuring a collaged background and mono-print of a feather--in a plain, 10" x 5" x 3" wooden box. It also includes a resin bird skull and some wooden piano parts.
Here's an assemblage I just completed today. The body of the piece is a rosette (I think that's what they're called) from the trim in an old house. It's accompanied by found objects, including a raccoon skull. The lower portion features a test tube that contains a quote from R.W. Emerson's poem "Compensation." Approximate dimensions = 15"h x 9"w x 3"d.
After seeing the stencil/collage portraits that I'd done of my two daughters, a local woman contacted me to see if I'd do some similar pieces of her three daughters. Of course, I said yes!
I built cradled, 20" x 24" hardboard panels to use in this project. Each piece began with a collage background; I tried to use images that were significant somehow to each of the ladies. The remainder of the process was pretty much layering spray paint through stencils. I hand cut all of the stencils. Here are the finished pieces.
I'm extremely pleased with how these turned out, and I believe the client was equally pleased. Here's hoping this leads to more commissions in a similar vein. Fun project...
I put the finishing touches on this piece yesterday. It's a free-standing (about 10" tall) assemblage called LOOK INTO YOUR HEART. I constructed it with found objects and pieces of road map--but it features a heart that I cast with a product called Apoxie Clay. The heart contains a lens, which the viewer can peer into. At this point I've attached a piece of map behind the lens; however, any image--a photo of a loved one, for example--could be used, provided it's small enough.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.