Thursday, February 17, 2022

2022 02 More And More I Have Come To Admire Resilience

I recently took a Jeanne Oliver class with artist Stephanie Lee called Textural Minimalism. The pieces that I created in that class were used as the base structures for this piece. Here is my audition of six of the pieces I made.

As I worked on this piece, I began to realize that I could use influences from other classes that I have taken. For instance, the very idea of creating an abstract like this was birthed for me by taking classes with Crystal Marie. I will be the first to admit that thinking abstractly when creating a collage is not a strength of mine but I want to get better. 

I needed a base for the textured pieces so I choose a textured wallpaper, a textured paper and some rusted cotton I made in a workshop with Sarah Rehmer at Shake Rag Alley (she is teaching this again in 2022). 

This is what the audition looks like with the base in place. 

As I began to paint, I began to utilize the lessons I learned with Laura Lein-Svencer who also teaches at Shake Rag Alley. 

It should be no surprise that the incorporating objects into a work is the results of my mentorship with Michael deMeng (who, it should almost go without also teaching at Shake Rag Alley this year). 

Thus we have, More and More I Have Come To Admire Resilience. 

The title for this piece comes from Jane Hirshfield's poem Optimism. It is 16" H X 20" W X 1" D. The piece consists of a cradled board, 16" x 20" x 1", oven thermometer, typewriter type, two clock dials, foam core, rusted cotton, cardboard and collage papers.