Friday, June 13, 2008

Abuzz About Assemblage . . .

Jen Worden wrote last month about how assemblage tends to come together in waves . . . you'll go weeks without any new assemblage work to show because you're tweaking this, adding that, waiting for the glue or the paint to dry and then - voila! - suddenly you have a bunch of pieces done. Today is "that day" for me.

Remember the bee piece I started back at Artfest in April? Here it is, all installed in its cigar box . . . the surface of the box had been flocked, so it felt like velvet. Don't ever let anyone tell you painting on velvet is easy. Or collaging on velvet either, for that matter.



And here's another piece that I've been working on for awhile. The picture on the left is one of me with my mom, taken by my dad over 30 years ago. Through the keyhole, you can see another picture, this one of my mom and dad while they were dating in college.



I call it "Wishes." My dad died a little over five years ago, and my mom and I both wish he was still with us. I'm working on another version of the photo on the left for my mom as a *belated* birthday gift. She doesn't drop by the blog very often, so I'll scan a photo of it and post it before I mail it off to her . . . I really enjoy reworking the same images in different ways.

5 comments:

futuregirl said...

These are both amazing pieces, but I especially like the one about your family. Personal art is so wonderful. It's like a physical manifestation of your emotions. I wish I did it more often (or ever?).

gl. said...

wow, yeah, you make velvet look easy! i hope your mom appreciates her collage.

btw, i saw your collage at 100th monkey at first friday! it was great!

Leah said...

i love the bee piece!!

Karen Mowrey said...

Leah from Creative Every Day sent me a link to you, and so glad she did. I am "Bee Spotting" all the great bee art out there, and your bee assemblage is simply amazing. I am not sure how I will set it all up, think I will do a post once a week on great bee art. This will "bee" there for sure. If it is ok to include a picture of your wonderful piece, please let me know.

Michael5000 said...

So cool!

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