Thursday, June 18, 2009

Melting!


(Above: Detail of Stained Glass IX. Click on image to enlarge.)

(Above: Stained Glass IX. Click on image to enlarge.)

I am happy to say that a lot of work got done today. It had to get done! Very, very early tomorrow morning Steve and I are driving to Washington, DC....stopping in Rocky Mount's Imperial Center to see the national, all media juried show (including Memories, my Grave Rubbing Quilt) and also in Richmond, Virginia...so that I can collect a few more rubbings and epitaphs in Hollywood Cemetery. We're also hoping to check out a few galleries in Richmond because I'm in the process of submitting proposals for the Decision Portrait Series.

(Above: The reverse of Stained Glass IX after being soldered and melted....but still stapled onto the stretcher bars that prevent it from uneven shrinkage. Click on image to enlarge.)

All day I burned CDs and put together packets of information...resumes, a brief descriptive show proposal, a list of images, etc. I wrote cover letters, stuffed letter sized envelopes, addressed everything and kissed them goodbye at the post office. It took hours to complete twelve submissions. I have no idea if anyone will actually look at any of it. If anyone reading has an recommendation for a suitable art gallery/museum for this work, please let me know! (Yes, Chris, I sent one to the Hunterdon Art Museum! Thanks for the suggestion!) I'm also working toward getting proper gallery representation. It is unbelievable the amount of time all this paperwork takes.

(Above: Detail of Stained Glass IX. Reverse. The piece had just been soldered and melted but was still stapled to the stretcher bars. Click on image to enlarge.)

(Above: Stained Glass IX, almost finished! The piece was still stapled to the stretcher bars. The only thing left to do at this stage was to melt the edges a bit more in order for the work to fall out of from the excess acrylic felt still attached to the stretcher bars. Click on image to enlarge.)

Still, I got to my studio with enough time to solder and melt the first of the "faux stained glass" fiber pieces. I'm not sure I like the final photographs yet....but there's plenty of time to take more as there's five other pieces waiting to be melted. I will NOT be showing more "melting" photos....just the finished pieces as I get them done. Today, I also pinned the next four Decision Portrait Series pieces onto the rough cut felt and deckled Thai stucco paper....so I'll be returning from a weekend in DC to plenty of new work!

13 comments:

Wanda said...

Wow..I never thought about how much office work goes into being an artist! I'm hoping that certainly everyone will look at them and that they will lead to exciting possibilities!! The stained glass is amazing. Absolutely stunning. Don't forget your dumpster diving disclaimer when you go to DC!!! ha ha Have fun!

Nina-Marie said...

This piece is just amazing Susan - in so many ways. It makes my eyes travel over and over looking at all the details. Still what I think is just as amazing is your discipline. Not only did you put in studio time, but you got your paper work done. Way 2 Go!

Bill Evertson said...

The stained glass pieces may fit this NYC open call (small honorarium and production costs - july 1 deadline - online submission) http://www.sculpture-center.org/exhibitionsOpenCall.htm Have a great DC trip.

arlee said...

i like the back of IX as much as the front!

Jacquelines blog said...

Gorgeous Susan, the melting is giving it more live. Is it become harder because of the melting?

Carol said...

These are beautiful Susan, they are truely a feast for the eyes. I love the pics of how you are doing this too. How are you getting those jewel colours can I ask?

Julie said...

Beautiful work Susan. Enjoy DC.

Doreen G said...

I'm gobsmacked Susan at the amount of work that you are able to put into each piece.
The end result is truly amazing and the series will be brilliant.
I love the back as well.
Have a great weekend.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Enjoy your time away! And yes, all the work involved in doing proposals will be worth it, because I know they will love your work!

Karen said...

Beautiful beautiful windows Susan!! Hope the poison ivy/oak whatnot is done. Enjoy the time away!!

Annica said...

Your new work is gorgeous Susan! I love it!

Kimberly Bendillo said...

Incredible! I think I just had a 'religious experience'--can't wait to see these in person!

lindacreates said...

Absolutely INCREDIBLE Susan! You are truly amazing. I wish you the very very best when you go to DC. Enjoy your grave rubbing.