Recently I put the finishing touches on a free-standing assemblage I've titled Icon. I constructed the base (below) using, among other things, an antique millwork rosette and some pieces from an old picture frame. Notice the openings, which I designed to hold little boxes that, as you'll see later in this post, serve as storage for Moai-inspired heads.
Below are the four heads--still in their rough stage at this point--which I sculpted from Apoxie Clay, a two-part product that after a few hours dries to a rock hard state.
Here are some shots of the finished piece, which if you're interested, is available for purchase in my store. Some of the found objects include a garden trowel, a vintage drawer pull, and a film reel.
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.
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.
I completed this little (in a 6.5 x 4.5 x 2.5" wooden box) assemblage about a week ago. It's called FEEDING TIME, and it features found objects, a vintage photo, a resin bird skull, a vintage bird illustration, and a baby image from an old book.
Finished this little (4.5" x 9" x 1.5") assemblage today. It's called "Secure the Border," and it features a vintage photo, found objects, and vintage paper/images from an old seed catalog.
I've really been on a roll this summer, cranking out over a dozen assemblage and collage pieces. It's so amazing to be able to have time to do something I love. This summer I've awakened most mornings with ideas stacking up in my head, just waiting to be brought to life.
And here's yet another piece to add to this summer's body of work. I just finished up it this afternoon, and I love the way it turned out. There are lots of found objects in this one--everything from a compass to an ornate bookend to a wooden box that codfish came in. The dimensions are as follows: 19 X 9.5 X 4". The title "Follow" refers to the adage follow your heart, and the box can be opened to reveal a heart.
Here are a few seemingly disparate objects--including a wooden jewelry box, a boot brush, a plexiglas letter, and a cabinet card photo of an obviously fun-loving lady--that I included (plus some other stuff) in my latest assemblage.
Back in the early 1980s Prince came out with a song called "1999," which included the lyric "so tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999." I doubt the stone-faced woman in the cabinet card photo let her hair down much, but if she did, I'd like to think she partied like it's 1899.
Below are some shots of the finished piece. The 9 X 5 X 2.5" jewelry box, which is stamped "India" on the bottom, probably isn't too vintage; I have a sneaking suspicion it's one of those gift-shop items manufactured to appear old and hand-made. The handle's been lopped off the boot brush, and I swapped out the "A" for a "P." In addition, I recently purchased a couple of colorful old game boards, one of which appears as the graphics in this piece.
I believe I mentioned in a previous post that I have a small show this September, so I've been pushing hard to get a body-of-work together. My goal is to have at least a dozen pieces ready to go by then. Today, my 33rd day of freedom since school dismissed for the summer, I finished my tenth piece. I believe I'll easily reach my goal--and then some.
Below are a few shots of the piece I finished today. It's called "Flight Plan." It's a fairly simple piece (although it took me much longer than it should have to complete) featuring three portals. The top portal includes a resin reproduction of a starling's skull; the middle portal is an image of a (surprise!) starling; and the bottom portal includes a wooden egg that I painted to look like a starling's egg. The piece also includes a 1950s Nebraska flight map.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.