Friday, December 31, 2010
I finally completed this panel, 22 x 28" assemblage of fused murrini, leaded with the copper foil technique. This piece is a translation from my charcoal portrait of Faith Ringgold completed earlier this semester. This actual piece will not be brought to the upcoming residency per considerations of the cost of shipping and fragility of the work. I am off to have this piece printed to actual scale and the print shipped to residency.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
One of my references this semester has been James Esber, his exhibition at the Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn made the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/23/arts/design/23chance.html?_r=1
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Diptych II: Intuitive Painting/Drawing on canvas, 6'x 4'
(Painting with two details)
Early in the semester with my first meeting with my mentor, she seemed to like these paintings more than anything else I was exploring. We discussed later at our 4th meeting that with the larger pieces, these diptychs I was beginning that I might leave areas which would not be drawn on. Out of all the intuitive painting/ drawings I have completed this semester, this one is my least favorite. I do not like this new silver I have been using this time. I feel it leaves the painting too dark, for the lightness and ethereal sense, I was trying to achieve in these, nor feel a sense of success as within the other prior paintings.
My treatment with the overlying pencil in this one, I do not feel gratified with. I have learned a little about what works best, and does not work with these paintings. I would like to attempt at least one more diptych next semester, but then a lot is dependent right now on how my critiques develop and what kind of feedback I get.
My prayer for this one is an intercessory homage for my soul sisters, those that have struggled with breast cancer. I have known so many friends, especially lately, that have lost their battle. This painting was completed the night before Elizabeth Edwards passed. As I looked at it that evening, I struggled with whether it was complete or not. As and an analogy, this is a little bit like life, we do not know when we are done.
This piece does not have the harmony as the others do, and I think my dislike is also analogous to life, we are not always in harmony, and all of life is not always beautiful or peaceful.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
8x 10", Vitreous Painting on Glass
As a final painting on glass with vitreous paints this semester, I have revisited Faith Ringgold. At the outset of investigating portraiture through the medium of vitreous painting, I did not envision working with my Art Heroes. But the more I painted and started to come up with ideas for a thread of portraits, I decided that I should at least do a few.
I do not want to get too far along with developing this thread until after my second residency which is upcoming in a few weeks. I am pleased to see how far I have come with these portraits. I have enjoyed working with these, and hope to be able to do more.
I have dialogued about Faith a few times prior in my blogging this semester through the charcoal portrait of her as well as the murrini portrait. It only seemed fitting to complete Faith in a vitreous painting as well.
For me, Faith epitomizes the concept for my Uomini Famosi: My female art heroines are ones that have made strides within their lifetime to express or communicate something that the world needs or needed to hear. These heroines should not be forgotten, and as the Uomini Famosi of the heroes' portraits of the Middle Ages, that lined the palace walls, so should these heroines line the walls of the museum.