Top on my list of Goals (notice the capital G – I must be serious) for 2008 is to show more of my own work. Even if it is still in the experimental stage. Even if it isn’t perfect. Even if I don’t know my way around a camera…any camera.
I’ve been experimenting quite a bit, stitching, sewing, manipulating paper thin sheets, using acrylic mediums, stretching the definition of vessel, sometimes moving past objects towards installation pieces, deconstructing/reconstructing. I’m not sure where this is taking me, but I thought I’d let you share the roller coaster ride.
Grant Diffendaffer’s textured tube beads were the inspiration for the objects you see here. I’m calling them objects because they are unfinished – I set out to make a series of vessels using Diffendaffer‘s bead technique (in his new book) but then decided to cut the vessels apart and reconfigure them. Each hollow piece is approximately 2″ in diameter and ranges from 1-3″ tall.
I’ve been told that they look like octopus legs. Yes?
After I cut them apart I added more paint, sanded and played with gel medium on a few of the cylinders.
Then I stacked them.
And reconfigured them again.
I’m not sure how I will actually complete this series but I’ll let you know when I get there. I had a blast researching octopus legs after several people made that comparison and now I think I will make a second group – slimmer, tapered, swirly, more like the real thing. What do you think?