Here's a small (approx. 9" x 5.5" x 3.5") assemblage I just finished up today. I've entitled it "Tug"--kind of a play on the phrase tug at the heartstrings. Believe it or not, in its former life, the box that contains the heart was a soap dish. It was chrome, and the bubble window that's evident in a couple of the shots below is the actual dish that held the soap; I just reversed it. Other than that the piece just features some found objects--a old dresser handle, some pieces of picture frame, and a handle (the clenched fist) from a hair pick--and a heart made from paper-clay that's been covered in a piece of 1970s-era Iowa road map.
In the first pic below, the plastic window's been removed to give you a better idea of what's contained in the box.
In the shots above and below, you can get an idea of how the plastic concave soap dish has been reversed to form a bubble window. I kind of like the effect--even though (I apologize) it's tough to see with the glare.
By the way, starting Monday, August 11, I'll be back to work, so this may very well be my last post for awhile. Try as I might, I'm usually too frazzled and brain-dead during the school year to get much art done--even though many times my art would be the perfect burnout-remedy. Anyway, for the handful of you out there who frequent my blog--thank you and keep checking in. I'll try my best to post periodically.
Between my last post and now, my family and I spent a fun week in Northern California. (Note: if you ever get a chance to spend some time in a redwood forest, do so--it's nothing short of magical.) Anyway, after getting back home, my time's been occupied by non-art stuff, so I apologize that it's been nearly a month since I've posted.
Below's my latest activity. It's not the most visually appealing post, but at least you know I've been doing something art-related. Yesterday and today I've been busy constructing some deep-cradled hardboard panels. They'll eventually be the substrate for paintings and/or collage. Yeah, I know I could buy these--but there's something satisfying about being able to make them by hand.
They're just constructed using pine frames and masonite. Other than mitering the corners of the frames and making sure everything's square, the most difficult part is using a router to trim the hardboard flush with the frame. I made five panels in the following sizes: 9 x 12", 10 x 20", 20 x 20", 20 x 24", and 24 x 24".
Just out of curiosity, I checked a popular on-line artist supply site to see how much these five hardboard panels would have cost me. It turns out I would have spent about $78--and that doesn't include shipping and handling. There you go--if at all possible, make it yourself.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.