|C1 - Latch Hook|
This painting has numerous wood components, printed/painted papers, and odds 'n ends I found in my garage. This painting is technically a 2D piece because it hangs on the wall, but in all other aspects, it is 3D.
It is approximately 12 inches high, 8 inches wide, and 6.5 inches deep. It's a wall sculpture. You want to touch it. You want to hook the latch - I like that little kinetic touch.
I am often asked, How do you THINK of these things? That's the creativity part. I was dreaming/thinking about this piece before I got up the other day, and I was able to trace all the things I had done or seen in the last few months that lead up to the creation of this piece:
1. I had been reading the fascinating biographies on TheArtStory.org. Since I did not study art in college, this site offers a wealth of art history in an easy to read format.
2. I am especially interested in the abstract expressionists. I took a workshop, sponsored by Golden (paints), about the AbEx painters of the mid 20th century several months ago.
3. I am interested in some of the paintings done by Robert Rauschenberg, especially his "combines," which are mixed media collage work.
4. I was at an art show a few months ago at the Madden Museum of Art in metro Denver. There, I saw a huge Rauschenberg painting with a chair sticking out of it!
5. In a workshop I gave a few months ago, a student showed me a cool pin she was wearing which was a "steam punk" design. I noticed a similarly fascinating piece of jewelry on another student at my art show a week ago. This genre of jewelry has numerous small parts, vintage clock gears, brass fittings, etc. that combine to make a pleasing design.
6. The latest issue of The Artist's Magazine (July/August 2012) has a story on the work of Crystal Michaelson on p. 82. Look on p. 84 at her piece titled Construction Series 1, Number One. I love this piece, with it's multitude of collage elements, and especially her disregard for the constraints of the rectangle. WHO SAYS A PAINTING HAS TO BE AN EXACT SQUARE OR RECTANGLE?
Mix the above experiences 1-6 in my head, and out comes this latest mixed media painting...or is it a sculpture? As I said earlier, we are the sum of our experiences, especially where creativity is involved.
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