I have been making Hell Flowers off and on for about a year now. The idea, like most of my ideas, came from a dream about Persephone. I was excited about the image, I made Hell Flowers for 2 weeks straight. For me, Hell Flowers illustrated the life death cycle, and showed how life grew from death. The Persephone piece didn’t work out, but I found I love making Hell Flowers and I have probably made thousands by now. Early this year, I found a way to incorporate them into “We All Have Wings”.
I have recurring dreams about owls. Usually they are Barn Owls but occasionally the Great Horned Owl. Vivid and real feeling, I go on a journey with the owl. Mostly, I am terrified of falling, but sometimes I enjoy flying with the owl. The times when I am not terrified, I can be connected with what the owl is thinking or seeing. At these times, the owl and I feel like we are one. This feeling of oneness is amazing because I am in the moment seeing the world as it is, not worrying about the future or past, or how I measure up.
Persephone is one of my favorite myths. Like Persephone, I am attracted to any version of Beauty and the Beast storyline and I find myself revisiting this concept. For this version of Persephone, I am challenging myself to use polymer clay canes and to work small. When I first started sculpting, my work was small and I need to go back there from time to time. Especially now, when I feel a on the cusp of artistic change. I am not exactly sure where I am going, but plan to work on a bunch of small work for now, along with making a few dryads along the way.
Blue Blood, Shared Destiny and Messenger will be at The Suffolk Art Gallery for
THOUGHTFULLY AWAKE May 3 – June 7, 2019 The Suffolk Art League and Suffolk Art Gallery invite you to attend the juried exhibition Thoughtfully Awake, artwork that examines social issues and awareness and The Effects of Jim Crow on Advertising, artifacts from the collection of Therbia U. Parker, Sr.
at the Suffolk Art Gallery, 118 Bosley Ave., Suffolk.
The media, in all forms, traditional, social, and electronic, is filled with stories of disparity. #MeToo, race relations, immigration, Equal Rights Amendment, the environment, and many more. Artists have always had unique ways to convey messages of injustice and consolation through their creative process. Artists were invited to submit artworks that examine social issues in ways that may help the viewer be more aware of the disparities in society – local, national or international.
Abduction of Persephone will be at The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center May 4 – June 15, 2019
“Art doesn’t always have to be serious. It can also be funny, droll, comical, playful, silly, whimsical, farcical, witty, satirical or humorous. This group exhibition will present about 120 artworks in all media by the Gallery Manager’s invited artists whose works display a sense of humor. The Curator may also consider artworks from other interested artists. Works will include a wide range of media in both two, three or four dimensions including traditional art forms as well as cartoons, comic strips or books and videos.”
Shiny Things was accepted into “Persistence”, a national exhibition celebrating women’s empowerment. Persistence is a all woman show juried by Lori Practio, of Girls Noticed Project at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, VA. The exhibition runs from 3/9/19 to 3/30/19.
At the beginning of each year, like most people, I think about all the things I need to improve. This year, I would like one thing I would like to do is blog more consistently. Most of the time, I am a very quiet person that stays focused on the visual world. So blogging is a place where I am out of my comfort zone, but no one grows that way and I intend to change it.
I also want to work on refining my skills with polymer clay and sculpting. Towards the end of 2018, I decided to rely less on paint and more on utilizing the colors of polymer clay and want to push that further. I made some flowers from a simple lace cane and have had a few sloppy attempts at using skinner blends. Refining my faces and hands will be something I will also work on.
Before now, I was just using Super Sculpey and Apoxie Sculpt to sculpt with, relying on paint for coloration. I wanted to revisit narratives about Persephone and started thinking about skulls, flowers, and skull flowers. Being attracted to the Lace Cane for awhile, I decided to try it out. My first attempt was not so great, but I am happy with the second attempt.