Monday, July 28, 2008
I have begun creating some new pieces I am calling Amulet Series. The most basic definition of an amulet is something that attracts good and repels bad, and I have long been fascinated with the magic elements of different beliefs around the world. I have also long been a victim of bead lust; I can't get enough of the beautiful textures, shapes and colors of beads from around the world. By combining amulets on leather thongs and other wearable art pieces with wall art, I am able to indulge my enthrallment with all of these elements. In this series, each work has at least one neck piece which may be removed to be worn, then returned to again be wall art.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
"Yavapai" is another survivor, and is named after the area in Arizona where I was fortunate enough to live for several years. It is a mixed media construction with canvas, acrylic, leather, amber, and turquoise. It features two removable neckpieces with beads of turquoise and amber.
Cochise started with the beautiful pendant which makes the "head" of the figure. I paired it with another gorgeous stone, on the second neck piece, and a carved Chinese pendant on the third one. Beads are of bauxite, acrylic, glass, wood, and bone. I added pieces of dyed cheesecloth, handmade paper, a fossil fragment, Chinese clay and a hand of polymer clay to complete the piece. 22" x 16"
Goddess was inspired by the metal pendant which hangs down with the beads, I repeated the shape in the torn paper that covers the plywood support. I used several handmade papers, and stamped them with gold text. Chinese coins support the leather, and a face of polymer clay was added. Beads on the amulet neck piece are of glass, brass, resin and metal. 13" x 10"