Refinement

I want to refine my work to the point that every little detail is considered. Towards the end of last year, I noticed a trend in my working style where I was starting to take little shortcuts, and repeating myself artistically. I wondered how much I had truly grown artistically over the past two years, and admitted to myself that it had not been as much as previous years. Disappointed in myself, seeing too much sloppiness in the work I was doing, I stopped everything I was working on and put it away. That night I had a dream about this one, and woke up excited. I started this in the morning.

After creating a wire armature, I started sculpting in Super Sculpey, going back my roots. Super Sculpey gives me time to consider every little detail and wanted to have that time to not rush over drying times. With Apoxie Sculpt, I noticed a trend to rush because I knew I had only about a hour working time. I am looking forward to seeing where she goes.
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Transmutations

Another in my series about change. I wanted to show a creature frozen in the act of transformation. In a state that it was changing from human to bird to plant, all being one for a moment in time. I want to show the interconnections between each and question what will happen, what will this creature become. At the same time, I was thinking of what humans will become, so disconnected from nature. I questioned how connected to nature I am and how reliant I am on technology and society. I like all the comforts of my civilized life but have sometimes let myself get too wrapped up things that ultimately have no meaning. But I am hoping that I can make changes for the better.

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Other Than Real Exhibition

Other Than Real is a group exhibition in the Neil Britton Gallery at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, VA. The exhibition runs from November 9th 2017 to January 5th 2018.

From John Rudel, Curator:

“Other Than Real” will present the work of seven artists for whom object making informs a heightened awareness of the world. The works in this exhibition are presented for consideration as artifacts of thought, and have been brought together to inform a particular realization and resulting question. Imagination and insight can be crystalized by the creative process of artists and take the form of real objects. Therefore, how is imagination different than reality, and should we consider the world of ideas embodied in art objects other than real?

I had four pieces in this show: From Ashes, Fly by Night, Shiny Things, and False Memory.

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Bleeding Heart

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Bleeding Heart came to me in a dream the night after visiting the Virginia Zoo. I had taken my mom there for her birthday, and felt the usual mix of excitement at seeing animals, and depression at seeing them in cages. One of the saddest animals on my visit was the Luzon Bleeding-Heart, or Bleeding Heart Dove. It is so sad to see something that can fly stuck in a tiny cage, seemingly without another bird to “do time” with. Luzon are unique because they look like they have been shot in the chest, thus the bleeding heart name. They mate for life and the males defend their mate and territory aggressively. But the bird I saw just looked sad and lonely.