Friday, September 21, 2012

Sinking Under The Pressure

"Sinking Under the Pressure"  
This assemblage is constructed in a small wooden box covered with art tissues and anchored between 2"x2" wood pieces. Inside, an upside down apothecary bottle with a wooden stopper holds a vintage doll's head seemingly sinking in water (bits of tempered glass). I lined the box with mirrors, to accentuate the situation.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"Silver Fish"

This is an art piece I made and posted last year.  
I am re-posting it because I entered it in a show sponsored by SCRAP
They are having their 4th creative re-use exhibition at 
Exhibition will run from December 1, 2012 to January 9, 2013.
Wish us luck!
"Silver Fish"
A wooden fish on a metal stand came into my studio about a year ago, and waited his turn to take center stage. A few weeks ago, my husband and I were in San Francisco for a few days, and I made a point of visiting my favorite store in the city:  SCRAP.  I never know what I’ll find there, the materials in the store change daily, but I always find an abundance of “art materials”. The warehouse is organized by type of material: wood, metal, glass, fabric, paper, images, plastic, natural materials, beads & buttons, arts & crafts, toys, and more.

This day at SCRAP I found a ton of these silver buttons being sold by the cup-full, and I instantly knew they would make a beautiful "fish dress".  I gathered all my other “silvery” bits and bobbles to include coins, bottle caps, milagros, washers, beads, charms and earrings. And I started nailing . . .

About a week later, Silver Fish was finished: be-jeweled and be-dazzled, sitting on his metal perch, ready to celebrate in silvery style.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"The Things We Leave Behind"

"The Things We Leave Behind"
Mixed media assemblage, a collection of favorite things, flotsum and jetsum of a life lived.

Wikipedia describes "jetsam" as things that have been voluntarily cast into the sea by the crew of a ship, usually in order to lighten it in an emergency; while "flotsam" are goods that are floating on the water without having been thrown in deliberately, often after a shipwreck.

Either way, as we make our way through life, there are many things we touch and hold dear.  A doll, a marble, a ball . . . .  Eventually, some are cast away, having served their purpose, and are rendered useless, while others are somehow lost and forever missed.