I have completed my first ever “collection”!
Next week I will be showing my art on the walls of Salon 3/5. It is always bolstering when someone likes your work well enough to be willing to hang it on the walls of their business. However, the typical work that I do isn’t a great fit for the venue. The walls are high, and so much of what I do is full of small details. So for a bit I was a little flummoxed. Then several thoughts crashed together in my head and turned in to this collection.
Remember those old shampoo commercials? They would give you this magnified view of a hair follicle and show all the damage, then show you the close up after their product was used with the hair being all smooth and “restored”? I got that stuck in my head as I kept thinking about the salon. Then I was looking at the work of Ernst Haeckel, who did such amazingly detailed and accurate work. And it just so happens a good friend of mine had given my daughter a microscope that plugs into your computer and allows you to take images. Not necessarily good images, but a really handy tool to see what things look like close up. All of that mixed together in my brain, and I decided I wanted to do something with the insides of flowers…and in my head I envisioned them being almost like alien container gardens. So! Charging boldly forward. I was going to try for seven, but the microscope broke. So five it is!
Remember when I had so many paper issues, and it turned out there was a problem with the paper producer changing their process? The company “fixed” the issues, and I got excited and bought several sheets. It was an error in judgement. The new paper is worse than the old stuff, and I am pretty sure that when I said I wanted alien container gardens, I did not mean possessed by aliens–which is the only rational explanation for its behavior and the way the paint interacted with it. I shall never be buying this paper again. It brings out all my worst character traits, and the alien execution seems a viable option to enact for real.
That aside, I think they came out fairly well. Next week they will go up on the walls, and you are welcome to stop by and see them in person throughout September and October. They won’t be for sale until my February show, so they are guaranteed to be there for viewing.
So! The Inside Out collection!