Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monsters! Myth and Magic

My newest assemblage was created for the next TVAA show.
The title of the show is Monsters! Myth and Magic. The prospectus asked us to create our inner anxiety driven fear. I chose to focus on time and how I never seem to have enough. The piece is titled "Time for Work."  It could mean going to work or not having enough time to get your work done. The monster could also represent technology and how it is supposed to make our lives easier yet somehow it feels like one (blog, facebook, twitter, linkedln, pinterest, tumblr, Flickr, etc.) more thing to get done.  

I've had this metal cage like thing hanging around my studio for so long I do not remember where it came from. The real alligator head was brought to me as a souvenir from Florida from my daughter. 

Inside the mouth is a doll carrying a briefcase. 

The cage and doll were painted using techniques I learned from Micael DeMeng's classes and books. On the top row of the cage are upside down carpet tacks with red beads that look like blood. This is by no means a pretty piece but I am definitely feeling the monster these days as I am doing a lot of traveling but also trying to keep up with entering art shows and public art projects. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

A BMX Assemblage

I got a message the other day asking if I would be interested in creating one of my original bike collages as a gift for a BMX racer in Texas. Of course I said yes.
First I looked up Anna Johnson whom at age 13 has made a name for herself as a National BMX Champion, has her own website and has already been racing for 7 years! I cut out a few pictures of her racing along with logos of her sponsor.
Then I took a bicycle chain and printed it with ink on paper to make a pattern and found other words and ephemera to complete the background.

I found an old rustic frame and used bike parts to make it 3D.

The last step is 2 pour 2 part resin over the whole piece and then lay the pieces in the resin. I changed up the chain to make a heart around the 3 cyclists near the center.

I hope she likes it. This is a thank you gift from her art teacher for being a great art assistant. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Unhappy Meal II

So this story starts with stuff. It's hard for me to part with stuff. And then I had two girls who hated to part with stuff. One day about 10 years ago we did a major cleaning out of the girls closets and under their beds. I couldn't part with all that colorful stuff that was a part of their growing up. 

I had the idea to create a huge piece called the "Unhappy Meal" as most of this stuff came from you know where. It was a commentary on children begging their parents for one more toy but in reality all they really want is their parents attention. 

 I moved about 7 years ago and decluttered and got rid of a lot of stuff, I then started my Every Little Thing art business where I use up all this stuff in my art. Well lo and behold this gave me a reason to start collecting little things again, justified by the thought that I'll be using it in my art. And people started sending me their little things. Which I greatly appreciated, but was starting to feel the pressure of STUFF. 

 It was time to create an Unhappy Meal II
My younger daughter asked me, "what ever happened to the Original Unhappy Meal? I said "I left it at the last school I taught at and for all I knew it could be in the trash". She said, "I hope not, that was the defining piece of a defining period of your art." WOW 

The frame was given to me by the same daughter when she moved, it was part of a display at Borders that she bought when they were going out of business. I am using it upside down.

Next step was to find papers to collage the board with so white would not be showing behind the toys... 

...which meant I had to take all the toys off the board.

Laying out the papers.

Then painted the frame.
Then start gluing down the toys.

The finishing touches were adding the mardi gras beads to the groove in the frame and adding the block letters and toys at the top. Then I poured Dimensional Magic all around the toys to give it a nice finished look.
The original UnHappy Meal was also in a rainbow, but it was much larger and it had a crying baby voice box that could be turned on and off.
This one measures 18" x 24" 
Many thanks to my top contributors of stuff: Lisa, Innes, Selina, Leslie, Aunt Jerry, and Millie. If I left you off by accident just leave a comment. And to Rebecca  for the idea of using the alphabet blocks for the title.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

An Artistic Collaboration- Three Modern Muses

Three Modern Muses
12" x 12" 

 The Treasure Valley Artist Alliance put out a call to artists for their upcoming show:
"Four Eyes: An Optical Collusion."
Creating opportunities for collaboration is the heart of the TVAA mission. In order to highlight that vision their 13th exhibition will feature collaborations between TVAA members.

 I have entered EVERY show since the beginning of TVAA. The call for this show came out while I was traveling, and I was not about to let that stop me. When I got back in town I asked a couple of my friends and they were already committed. Not wanting to give up, I asked a couple more and found two very talented women to say YES!

Now for the idea, we only had two weeks left and it was hard coming up with a time that we could all meet...jury duty...elderly parents...etc. I came up with two concepts and we settled on the idea of each of us creating a self-portrait in the style of Picasso. I would collect them, mount them and register the three of us.  We met the deadline and were accepted!

I feel honored that my artist collaborators are Jaki Katz Ashford and Lauren T. Kistner.
 Jaki came up with the title: Three Modern Muses, which we all loved.

Three Modern Muses12" x 12"
L to R
Pam with her mountain biking necklace
Lauren with one of her chickens
Jaki with her braided hair and oil paintbrush

The opening will be June 6, 2014 from 5-8 pm
 Boise State Radio
200 E. Park Center
Boise, ID
 the show continues during regular business hours until August 7, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Journaling June

On Monday June 2nd 6pm at the Creative Access Art Center 500 S. 8th st. in Boise I will be part of a panel discussion on Art Journaling led by Dr. Kathleen Keys

Other panelists include Melissa Chambers, Lisa Cheney, Jeanette Ross, and Beau Van Greener.

 This event is free and open to the public. 

Everyone is invited to bring journals to share afterwards.

  I have been creating in journals since 1995.

 Hope you enjoyed pursuing just a few of my journals and pages.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Treasures from my Aunt

This little metal book is only one inch, with a working hinge and clasp.

 Inside are some wonderful old photos from Europe.

I called me Aunt to find out the story behind it. She said there was no story. She had purchased it as a souvenir years ago on one of her travels.

Also, in the package was some old money that she said no longer had any value and that I could use  it in my art.

I noticed Pesos and Centavos from Japan. That was odd. So I looked them up. Those were from  Japanese Occupied Philippines during WWII.  My uncle, who is still alive was stationed there. He was invited back in 1955 as a guest of the state. My aunt said they sat on the front row and she remembered she wore a yellow dress which just happened to be the favorite color of one of the dignitaries and my aunt was recognized for wearing yellow!

 There was also money bought by my uncle's father as an investment. Due to Hyperinflation in the Weimer Republic 

...he lost all of his money.

There was even a mental disorder linked with this collapse of the money called Zero Stroke, people would just write endless rows of zeros. It is hard to fathom just how much the money devalued it went from one to one trillion paper marks per gold mark!

It was quite fascinating to research and find out some history I was not aware of, I was also glad I had the chance to talk to my aunt.

I have yet to decide how to incorporate the money into an art project. If you have any ideas please comment.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thrift Store Fun

I love this place...a huge warehouse filled with goods that did not sell at the thrift store...last chance to help out the Idaho Youth Ranch...and they sell it by the pound. Perfect for assemblage projects. I bought an armful for under $2.00!

Poor rubber chicken!

My haul from the day. Three different thrift stores. I know it's not a very large haul...I am trying to show restraint as my whole assemblage theory is to use up what I already have. 

And then I received goodies from two of my husbands friends. This pile was all bike parts. (Which I need for my public art project coming up)
This stash of goodies was from a friend remodeling his home and has a 10 year old daughter.

 Now I have grown men saving stuff that could be used in an art project just like I used to have my students saving stuff.

Thanks guys!