Information about my Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, plus sneak peeks at the new work!Read More
I have been taking a break from painting to make use of all of the interesting junk I have accumulated over the past year, which has resulted in a number of worthwhile developments. Found object assemblage, collage, and sculpture have been at the forefront of my efforts. Arranging and manipulating objects, embellishment, and generally working with my hands in craft is a meditative experience. It is a nice break from the impulsive, cathartic experience of drawing and painting. Now that I feel satisfied with this exploration, I feel that I am ready to return to figurative work with a new and fresh approach.
I've been collecting both natural and man-made found objects lately. I am very excited for this new series of sculptural works!
This one is a goat's skull engraved with a dremel, dyed with inks, and ornamented with epoxy clay and a found metal charm. It will be one of many ostentiferous items that occupy my ritual space.
I was invited to participate in a New Year's Eve pop-up art show at Lawn Gnome Publishing in downtown Phoenix. Here are a few pictures I was able to take with my tablet's awkward front-facing-only camera.
The theme was to make a new work by altering an old or found work. I happened to have a work in progress that is comprised of an unfinished oil painting on panel and found wood scraps. The panel was cut into three sections and fitted together with store-bought hinges.
The inside of the altar-cabinet was decorated with a collage of parts of abandoned paintings, as well as tarot cards and fortune cookie papers that I'd been saving in my wallet.
The collage elements will be dismantled as I move on to create new paintings and relief inside the altar-cabinet. However this little project was a great exercise in letting go of unfulfilled works and leaping forward into a new year.