My first piece is an experiment with solar technology. I created a baby with a doll mold: rubber doll wrapped with saran wrap & packing tape, then the shape cut out. The solar component are outdoors solar Christmas lights. There is a light charger that sits in the sun during the day...when the charger is covered, or at night, the lights light up. I stuffed the lights inside the doll and voila! This technology was easy to use.
I submitted this work to Visaural but it didn't get selected. Another work, weaker in my opinion, will be in the show instead. This quad-collage piece pairs up with Amy Winehouse's version of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? and is about young women's self-image. Japanese girls start altering their bodies in high school, as soon as they are allowed to dye their hair. It goes from changing hair color to eye surgery to nose surgery, cheek bone surgery, breast surgery...an on and on. I don't think it's about looking more Western, or even about looking for love. It's about becoming an idol, a person of adulation, an Anime heroine brought to life. We'll see what they turn into once the bloom is off the rose.
Made with paper, image transfer, false eyelashes and cutting blades.
Trudi's second piece, which she titled as "The Quarry," used rust, smoky fabrics and fallen leaves. I didn't have time to gather rusted or decayed objects in nature so it took a while to consider what to make from her inspiration. I first riffed off the word, quarry, which has an old English meaning game hunted with hounds or hawks.
I had a witch puppet and a cigar box, which I wanted to use so started with that. Then skeleton leaves left over from my Decay 2 piece would anchor to Trudi's fallen leaves. Found several old sewing tools - a tiny needle book, needles, measuring tape, an old thread box. A handwritten recipe titled "Fairy fruit salad." Old negatives of a family, including that of a baby. I considered many other old photos, objects, tools but it was all a matter of how to pull things together into a coherent composition around the loose theme of "quarry."
Then I found a fragment of a children's rhyme which goes like this:
Who killed Cock Robin?
I, said the Sparrow,
with my bow and arrow,
I killed Cock Robin.
Who saw him die?
I, said the Fly,
with my little eye,
I saw him die.
Who caught his blood?
I, said the Fish,
with my little dish,
I caught his blood.
Who'll make the shroud?
I, said the Beetle,
with my thread and needle,
I'll make the shroud.
That, and a tiny tin cookie mold filled with glittery blood completed the piece.
I named this piece "Fairytale Salad."
Trudi's "The Quarry"
My Fairytale Salad
Had a wonderful day at Leslie Morgan's Bonnie Doon studio/workshop yesterday. We all got to work on her property to make land art! I chose a blackened redwood stump from an ancient forest fire as my backdrop for kitsune. First I sketched something, then decided, with limited paint colors, to keep things simple. So a naked white fox and a little child fox was created. I also made another fox mischievously looking over the female's shoulder but the fox is hidden. It is shown on the bottom left before being placed in its nook.
Below is a small segment of a scroll created for Unravel piece #2 for National Art Tag. It was influenced by Rosemary Meza desPlas' soft sculpture. Unfortunately I did not photograph it before I sent it back to her. Rosemary uses hair sewn onto canvas or fabric. That is what she did with her small sculpture. This piece was inspired by her use of hair and also the many letters I have kept from Jacqueline, who passed away years ago. I first free-sewed some red thread onto the delicate paper scroll (purchased from a wonderful stationery shop in Kyoto). Then I added the calligraphic drips and brush strokes. The letter was cut up and was used to affix the hair onto the scroll. Then more drips. I happened to have a cherry blossom punch so I cut some scrap red glassine paper. The scroll was rolled up and sent to Kelly Hammargren, my Tag partner this round. I hope she will unravel the scroll and enjoy the results.
The top photo is the second piece for Decay. Took inspiration from Trudi's first piece, lower photo. As usual I was crushed for time but remembered how beautiful the Monarch butterflies looked on eucalyptus leaves in the winter.
The composition is nearly dry. Love the shadow effect from the back. Now I wish I had more dried leaves to make a much larger installation. The challenge is in displaying the work. Hang or lay flat?
white marker, double-sided tape, scissors, black paint, glue stick