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 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.
"Golden Child," an assemblage in a 5 x 7 x 2 inch handmade shadow box. Includes vintage photo, target, and resin bird's skull.
Interior detail shot.
Name plate detail.
Okay, so this Plague Doctor concept I mentioned in my previous post has grabbed my interest. If you're interested, Google it and read up about this Middle Ages phenomenon. Anyway, I made a change in my plan. The pic of the three cherubic kids is out for a few reasons: their faces are too small, their shoulders kind of disappear in the pic, and three bird skulls would be too disjointed (in my view).
That said, I'm switching to this guy (pic below) to serve as the piece's Plague Doctor. It's a larger image, and one face--instead of three--should convey a more stark image.
By the way, this kind of design/theme change happens to me all the time. I start out with an idea (in this case "The Birds and the Bees") only to have it change with the introduction of some other bit of info. The overall theme is still there--humanity's arrogance and destruction of nature--but the plague doctor concept is a new twist. Although it's kind of an interesting connection; we're the PLAGUE, which manifests itself in, among other things, bees dying off in astonishing numbers.
Since yesterday's posting, I've added another (albeit minimal) collage layer to my latest assemblage, "Activity of the Heart." Here are some pics of the finished piece, along with some detail shots.
Here's a companion piece to the two I posted yesterday. This one's about 9" in height, and in keeping with the mythology theme, I've titled it "Daedalus' Lament." If you know the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, the sun plays a key role, so I've tried to include some sun-like motifs and colors.
So back in mid-August I claimed that even though I was returning to work, I'd still try and periodically post to my blog. Obviously, I've failed--and I apologize.
Believe me, it's frustrating. My art has served me well over the years as a much-needed glimmer of light, distracting me from the darkness that is my J-O-B. However, so far this year the dark has been winning. Ugh...
Now I'm in the midst of a short break from work, so my mindset's much improved. Thankfully I've been able to get back in the "studio" and play around.
Here are a couple of small (approx. 8" height) pieces I've thrown together. They're entitled "Siren #1" and "Siren #2": a nod to the mythological bird-women who tempted sailors.
Below are a couple of close-up shots of the vintage photos that I used as the focal points for these pieces. I used white acrylic ink to manipulate the images, which were then turned on their sides and placed inside little boxes on which I cut out bird silhouettes.
I've been doing more "construction" lately (building cradled hardboard panels for future collages) than creation, but I did steal away from sawing, gluing, and sanding to throw together another collage.
Here it is--"Yesterday's Alien"--a 6 X 8" collage on hardboard.
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.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.