Monday, January 23, 2012

NEW SERIES: RURAL ROOTS

Great Rebellion- Full View
The Great Rebellion- Detail
I am so excited about this new series of work that I started this weekend. I really have my free-cycler and fellow Etsian Lynn Findhold to thank for the barn board that led to these fantastic new pieces. She answered my call out into cyberspace last week, when I was looking for old wood and metal roofing. That's the beauty of FREECYCLE: One woman's trash is another's treasure. So, I went down to Hinesburg on Saturday to fill up the back of my little SAAB with great re-usable art materials. Lynn's chickens were quite excited to see me too.

I have been toying with this idea for quite a while. I have collected some great old rusted tools, locks and kitchen implements and I knew just a little worn, jagged wood would be the perfect foundation for the work. Vermont is full of a tremendous supply of inspiration and materials to make art. I love living here and very happy with the results of incorporating the old wood with paper and local artifacts.
Great Rebellion - Detail

At any rate, I finished these pieces this weekend. My quite mellow, 43rd birthday weekend, to be exact. I  am extremely grateful for the gift of un-interrupted studio and treasure hunting time my family gifted me. For the most part, these pieces are a departure for me, outside my safety zone; in size, composition, tone and materials. (And yes, I did not use any Van Dyke Brown whatsoever, go figure.)



Great Rebellion- side view
NH Primary- Full View


NH Primary- Detail

NH Primary - Detail

NH Primary- Detail

NH Primary - Detail

The Great Rebellion- 12"x6"x 4"
New Hampshire Primary 30"x 28"x 3 1/4"  
The Waif 7"x4" x 1 1/2".

The Waif- Full View

the Waif- Detail


What stories of a rural past would you create if you had some barn board to play with?






3 comments:

Seth said...

Love the rustic nature of these pieces and the rough textures that these materials create. And...happy birthday. Celebrating it in your studio is a wonderful present.

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

These pieces are wonderful. Love your work. Happy birthday.
Jackie

ArtSnark said...

Fantastic! Loving the new work. And a happy belated birthday to you