Here are images of my piece for the "Landscape" exhibit at Blue Lucy in which artists were to able to use any media on a horizontally oriented wood panel. I was intrigued by the concept of the show, and took it on as a challenge to myself, since I had never done anything remotely like a landscape before. Luckily, I had just spent ten days on my first solo trip to one of my favorite cities out west, Santa Fe, so I had many beautiful photos of the landscape there. I fell in love with Santa Fe's mountains when I was there a couple summers ago, and really enjoyed it this last time.
I got to explore more of the city and its surrounding natural landscapes this trip. The photograph I used for this piece were from Bandelier National Monument which are home to some mysterious cliff dwellings. I couldn't get enough of the ladders, the nooks and crannies, the shadows they created and how chalky the rock was. The tallest ladder there came at the end of the hike through, and I admit, I scraped some of the cliff wall off into a baggie so I could keep part of it with me in Florida.
this mysterious place had a lot of hidden images in the shadows of the rock cut out. I drew on this and a mirrored image when I was working on this piece. I have a hard time just leaving a photograph as a photograph, so I painted on top of a printed mounted photograph. I looked at the mirror image to guide me as to what I should be painting, and I saw a spine and pelvic bone. I had never painted on a photograph before and like the outcome. I hope to explore mirrored photography more, as well as painting on photographs.
I just completed my second mask making workshop, this time in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was held at one of the area's vibrant galleries and performance spaces, The Studio@620. My good art buddy and community liason at the Studio, Coralette was in attendance, which I was happy about. She is a great local printmaker and I was looking forward to seeing what she would come up with. Below is the flyer I shared featuring my latest mask which I really like. It incorporates reclaimed leather from pants, t-shirt fringe, and my hand formed ceramic beads.
So far, I have completed two palm tree bark masks. I really like them both! Incorporating found objects, fabrics, and my own ceramic beads give them a lovely texture.
The Dunedin Fine Art Center recently was tasked with overseeing a special call for artists. The goal: Find several gifted artists interested in bringing their imaginative ideas to the table for the newest additions to Clearwater’s Dolphin Trail.
Clearwater’s Dolphins Trail is a public art exhibition featuring 6-foot fiberglass dolphins individually themed and decorated. Initially, the designer dolphins were created to celebrate the Republican National Convention which took place in Tampa in 2012. The response was so overwhelming and the dolphins so well received that the project was extended with more dolphins joining the pod. The exhibit has grown into a public art project that spans Clearwater, Pinellas County and beyond. The completed dolphins will be installed by the city of Dunedin, the third partner in this Dunedin Dolphin Trail project and will extend the Dolphin Trail into beautiful Dunedin.
The dolphin that I designed and painted was a challenge at times, but it was worth it! I was inspired by the bright cheery Oaxacan paintings on hand carved wood animals for my design. Having received the call that my design was accepted while on vacation in Santa Fe, I drew from the color palettes of New Mexico as well. Although the colors and paterns were inspired by Mexican Folk art, the subject matter was all Florida. I included my favorite creatures, sea urchins, coral, seaweed, and a sea turtle mom and baby.
This project was something that hundreds of people will get their photos taken by, as it is located on the water in between the Dunedin marina and the restaurant Bon Appetit. It was an honor and a privilege to be selected to have my painting live on for years and bring smiles to everyone that sees it.
I can't help it. Wherever I go, whether it be on a walk or on vacation, I always take photographs! I have taken so many photographs throughout the years, I could publish multiple volumes of photo books. I love my photographs, and have tried to think of a way to incorporate them into something other than plain prints. At art shows, I usually pass right by flat prints or giclees of photographs, I need texture and interest...so I wondered if I could combined what I was currently working on, ceramics, with my photographs. In my art objects storage vault (a.k.a. my garage) I pulled some good sized objects to slump the clay over. I built a little off of the circular one, which I liked. It reminded me of a carved wood frame. Of course there had to be an aged element to these, so I rolled on some wrinkles and pressed in some dried clay crumbles, but kept the center smooth to place the transfer on.
Above is a more elaborate use of the photo on ceramic. I had done a really fun tribal goddess shoot on the beach with my friend Alisa and had some nice shots I have been wanting to use. I turned her into an Aztec goddess mask, and I definitely want to make more of these!
Below are a few 1.5-2 inch ceramic beads I made from fired scrap clay and cold finished to use in future jewelry pieces.
I heard about a wood workshop in St. Pete that designs and creates custom wood pieces, and longboards. They were about to open up a shop and gallery on Central Ave. and were looking for artists to choose a blank board to create artwork on. I was really interested, and one of the owners and woodworker Jon had me come to the wood shop to choose a blank that I liked. It was a tough choice, but I went with the one that caught my attention. Once I had it home, I thought of a design that would be unlike any other that would be shown. I knew there would be a lot of skulls and masculine designs, so I was going to go for a more feminine design with a Folk Art twist.
Here is the finished board with my sweet puppy Nikita peering out from the studio.
I included some low relief wood shapes I cut on my new reciprocating saw to lend a little visual interest. The hands were painted and gold and silver leafed canvas that was glued into the surface. The custom cut glittery sticker leaves were supposed to serve as a stencil and peeled off. But I liked the dark edge around the now subdued leaf, so I kept most of them on.
Here is the finished piece hanging (upside down, whoops!) at the opening of Local Longoard Company in St. Petersburg, FL
I am VERY excited to have been selected to participate in an art exhibit that has an edgy theme. A fellow St. Pete artist, and lady whose artwork and style I admire, Laura Spencer, is curating a show with the theme of all things sex. Since this is an edgy group of participating artists, I can be sure there will be lots of genitals, bondage and kink. The venue is Station Number Three, which is my favorite spaces in downtown St. Pete. It used to be a fire station, and in the years has been abandoned, which makes for lots of blank walls, peeling paint, and different sized rooms. Check out a few pics of the space below...
Below are some in progress pictures. I knew I wanted to make a wall hanging, which is my forte, but that meant constructing some sort of display first, then the ceramic work to fit the wall piece. I used some extra fence and other wood I had in the garage, painted and distressed it. I made 2, one for the male and one for the female, and they are heavier than heavy.
I knew I wanted to make a male and a female figures, and I have really been into African fetish dolls for a couple years now, so I thought why now put the two together, with a sexy twist, and make them Sex Fetishes. I built in a slot to put written sex dreams in the wooden wall hanging, which goes along with the participatory nature of the show. See the progress of the ceramic and found object sculptures below.
The hardest part for me when I make ceramic and found object sculptures, is how to attach the pieces. For the female, I planned on attaching her to the wood with thick wire around her waist. For the male, I took the more intrusive route and will have this dowel holding him up from the inside of his hollow center.
The human face and form are not one of my strong suits, in 2D or 3D, but the more I attempt them, the more I will learn and improve! I was looking for some texture on these fetishes, and that came by way of distressed and antiqued ethnic fabrics and beads.
The texture I added to the male fetish was with teeny nails and glass beads that I sunk into the tiny holes that I stuck in the pre-fired clay. I had never tried this before, but I really liked it. The nails and beads reminded me of genuine nail fetishes
Close up of an African nail fetish
XX Sex Fetish : Mixed Media and Ceramic Wall hanging : 2014
XY Sex Fetish : Ceramic and Mixed Media Wall hanging : 2013
I also wanted to make something smaller that was a more affordable by donation artwork that could be taken home that night. I had done this before with linocuts in a local coffee shop using different prints, and it worked out well. I made these male and female in the style of Mexican tin milagros. I built a special box to hold them, that included a slot to put donations in. I styled it after something you would find in a Catholic church. These were printed on nice heavy card stock and turned out great!
Above you can see the inspiration for the linocuts. Below are some shots of opening night, which was fun.
I got a good shot in front of my artwork at the end of the night!
I love Halloween...and of course creepy, weird, dark art. That's why I was looking forward to participating in St. Petersburg's DARK ARTS group show at creepy venue Station Numberthree which used to be a firehouse.
A few months ago, I had made little ceramic figures based on African Fetish Dolls that were popular. I thought about revisiting this idea, but making them larger than their usual 3 inches, so they could hang on a wall. They would be displayed in a grouping, and they would all be different. Here are four pictures of the work in progress. Found objects would be incorporated with the ceramic bodies.
I am hopeful this DIY web page will work out. So far, so good!
Here is an image of one of my logos, which I made into a 3 inch silkscreen, to print onto t-shirts I also silkscreen.
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