At the beginning of this week, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to work on next. After all, I have a solo show coming up at the Grovewood Gallery followed by the ACC (American Craft Council) Show in Baltimore. What pieces will go to which venue? Hmm? Then, Steve read the blurb I submitted to the Grovewood. I mentioned bringing some of my Artifact Series pieces. That presented a slight problem. I left that series at City Art ... in the gallery ... after the close of my solo show. Sure, I could have gone and taken them back ... but ... I could also spend the week making more of them. That's what I did!
I finished seven new pieces. All are headed to the Grovewood Gallery for the big, weekend opening. I'll be demonstrating from 11 - 4 on both Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18th. So excited!
Unlike much of my other work, these pieces are all matted and framed. I used a fillet, a wooden inlaid strip to raise up the outer mat. This allows space between the glass and the artwork. Each piece is stitched to a lower mat ... which just happens to be the same white color as the outer mat.
There's really no better way to explain how these pieces look than by showing a picture ... including me doing my best Vanna White impression. LOL! Scroll down to see the other four pieces.
I can't generally work on just one thing. I've got to mix it up a bit. This week, I also made another large In Box Series piece. Plus, I went by Benedict College's Ponder Art Gallery. I have just over twenty pieces in an upcoming exhibit called Comparing Religion: A Group Exhibition of Artwork Inspired by Religion. The show was curated by Wendell Brown, associate professor at the college. The opening is next week and the exhibit rungs from February 9th through March 15th.
I wanted to see how the installation was coming along ... especially how my work relates to the other pieces. Mostly, I wanted a chance to see Khaldoune Bencheikh's piece in progress.
Khaldoune Bencheikh worked with Benedict art students to come up with a design for the floor.
(Above: Spirituality Show at Benedict College, installation in progress shot.)
The outline is in rice flour and the spaces will be filled with all sorts of things (some of which looked good enough to eat even if they actually weren't "food").
The opening in next week. I'll blog some photos of the finished floor art. It is truly my honor to be part of this show. Below are the rest of the Artifact Series pieces completed this week. Enjoy!