After a winter of creating artwork I am beginning to see some fruits of my labor. In May, my work was accepted into The Eisenhauer Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard for an August 9th opening. I am thrilled and have been working non stop to get ready for the show. Then a couple of weeks ago I was happily surprised to see two of my latest pieces featured on the New England Home blog. http://blog.nehomemag.com/2012/06/friday-favorites-6222012/
Below are images of the barnacle cuff. It is representation of my Away We Go eggshell mosaic, featured on my May 4th post. The cuff is a cropped section of a photo I took of the mosaic, then hand etched and shaped on brass. An interesting and fun process. These will be sold at the show alongside its side kick Away We Go.
Away we go [eggshells / found wood / steel frame 28 1/2 x 28]
At first glance I thought these were photographs of real leaves. I am astounded by the unconventional material, and the patience and skill of sculptor and installation artist Jenine Shereos. It’s hard to believe these beautiful and delicate leaves are wrapped, stitched, and knotted together strands of human hair.
Sometimes I come across designs that are so inspirational to me that I literally jump for joy…my mind races and instantly I have a desire to create. Today that occurred when I happened upon the work of Stefanie Nieuwenhuyse.
The first thing that caught my eye was the title of her series, Biomimicry. I fell in love with the teachings of biomimicry at design school. My junior and senior projects were based on those principles. I designed the building and interiors for a Biomimicry Guild in Montana my junior year and a floating school in Vietnam my senior year, both incorporating biomimicry elements within the buildings’ exterior and interior design.
In turn, I immediately opened Stephanie’s website and voila…stunning, incredibly beautiful, and innovative pieces! Scroll below and see for yourself!
This past spring, a maple tree had to be cut down in my parents backyard. We were able to salvage 4 pieces from the trunk and Derek turned them into stools/side tables for the patio. I love them!
“Where ever we roam you are my home” Globe
Both Derek and I love to travel. For our wedding I made him a globe that is representative of where we have traveled together. The piece will constantly evolve based on our new destinations that we visit or live. The countries/states that we have experienced together are painted in green. Hopefully one day our entire world will be painted in green!
This summer we explored on our kayaks to some really cool and remote beaches around the island. We found amazing pieces of driftwood along the way. I was planning on making a few of these sculptures for the buffet table for our wedding but time caught up with me and I never got around to it until just a few weeks ago.
I love exploring in the woods. I am particularly fond of coming across those emerald-green, mossy mini micro environments that have so much life…it takes me into another world. Vaughn Bell has captured that feeling for me with his Village Green biosphere like installation. He has built house shaped terrariums with a hole in the flooring for the viewer to poke their head through and be at eye level with the mossy world of wonder. He has even created some that allow two people to be in it at the same time.
I saw his exhibition two summers ago at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA and it is still very clear in my mind. After the exhibit I was ready to go home and build one so I could experience it on a daily basis.
Riffling through old magazines today I came across an article in the Design New England July/Aug 2009 issue with a picture of Michelle Stitzlein’s amazing recycled sculptures. Astounded by the beauty, concept, and medium I immediately looked her up and was amazed at the scale and the material of her moths. She does such an incredible job of transforming junk into gorgeous pieces of art.
“Dougherty’s works allude to nests, cocoons, hives, and lairs built by animals, as well as the manmade forms of huts, haystacks, and baskets, created by interweaving branches and twigs together. Many of his works look ‘found’ rather than made, as if they were created by the natural force of a tornado sweeping across the landscape. He intentionally tries for this effortless effect, as if his creations just fell or grew up naturally in their settings.”