February 25, 2008

dscn2270crop03.jpgFolding Screen is now on view at Strathmore as part of the 17th Annual Strathmore Membership Juried Exhibition.  This wide ranging exhibit will be open until April 5, 2008.

This piece was fun to make with stronger colors than I tend to use in larger pieces.  It is a three part screen with a large amount of polymer clay veneer, and sweeping painted overlays.  Folding screens are an interesting format.  They can be highly decorative, and loosely formated, yet very versatile.


February 1, 2008

dscn4903-1-1crop01.jpgA departure in theme for me, my new sculptural vessel piece, Birds n’ Bees Cairn, was finished just in time for the annual Art You  My Valentine? exhibit at the Mansion at Strathmore  (February 2 – 25, 2008). 

It was a fun piece to make… a little of everything.  The underside of the walnut base is carved, and finished with layered paint to emphasize depth.  Combined with the smooth, oil-rubbed top, the base has taken on a toadstool effect that I would like to further explore.  The bottom two “rocks” are both polymer clay vessels…even in my most sculptural work I feel a pull to make it do something.  I was a little concerned that I would have trouble with the upper components being top heavy, but the snug fitting lids hold well.  Two of the “rocks” are  patterned with the mokume gane technique.  The other two are layered with a variety of techniques, including a touch of caning for the translucent bee wings.

dscn4923-1-1crop01.jpgThis piece is the first reflecting my recent interest in cairns.  The simplest definition is a pile of stones, but the meanings are vast.  Cairns may mark a place of meaning, or be intended to guide.  The history is deep for this simple manipulation of natural elements.