The studio is a mess these days. There are stacks of wet pulp, drying paper casts and piles of wild vintage cloth patterns spilling out of every corner. It’s chaos and I love it.
I’m currently collaborating with fellow SEED artists Millicent Greason and Nicole Uzzell on work for an exhibit opening in May at Electric Moustache Gallery in Winston titled Amalgamated Transmutations.
Nicole is a potter and papermaker who’s been graciously showing Millicent and I the ropes (or pulp) of paper in her lovely mountain studio. It’s been refreshing to learn a new process. As everything blends together in my brain I see new directions and ideas coming out in my other work as well. I’m working on a life-size dimensional portrait for the show built, in part, from paper. Each artist will create her own rendition starting from a paper cast, it will be interesting to see the different directions each artist takes this core idea.
I’m also working on another banner in my Flags of our Mothers series for the exhibit inspired by comments made by the artist James McNeill Whistler about his painting Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, (better know as “Whistler’s Mother”). When confirming it was his mother in the painting he said “A nice bit of color she was, too.”
Here are some frames from the creation process to wet your appetite. The Amalgamated Transmutations exhibit opens Saturday, May 4th.