Posts Tagged ‘Mixed media’

Some October favourites:

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Lorraine Smit’s wood and clay sculpture "Dreamer" is an engaging image of the head and upper torso of a young woman, eyes closed and head turned a little upwards, emerging out of /resting on an engraved piece of sleeper wood.   Lorraine says that the piece represents a young girl dreaming about the joys of tomorrow.   Her face is beautifully tranquil and blissful and when I first saw the image I took the wood to be a book, engraved lines representing pages, and imagined that the girl was contemplating something she had read or imagining herself within the novel. 

Looking at this piece further however, I was struck by how like an "earth goddess" she appears rising out of curving hills, her hair flowing down like waterfalls and her face rapt in ecstatic existance. The natural treatment of the materials, with little glazing of the clay or polishing of the wood seemed sympathetic to this perceived nature symbology.  It is interesting that a work about dreaming stimulates the viewer themselves to dream a little.  Interesting too that a sculpture about dreams should be mounted on "sleeper" wood.

This is a gentle and sensitive work and provokes calming and contemplative feelings – it is hard to gaze upon the gentle face without feeling dreamy and relaxed oneself.   This is a sculpture for a quiet room, such as a bedroom  where it can be enjoyed at leisure and fully appreciated in its subtle suggestions of rest.

Some October favourites:

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

"Day in Africa"  by Dulcie Robinson is an excitingly expressionist work, a mixed media creation of found objects and hand made paper.  Dulcie’s work aims to recreate the feeling of her subjects, in this case a day in Africa with all its sights, smells and textures, rather than to produce an exact copy of a landscape, flower or object.   Her comment that, in her flower paintings, she paints "the perfume of the flowers" rather than copying their images seems to be beautifully relevant here too.  The spicy, earthy colours she has used suggest scents of cooking, of nature, of the heat itself. 

The use of found objects seems suitably sympathetic to the subject, as if she has gathered things during the course of her day and then used them to describe that day in artistic form.  The curving forms of wire and string against the very pale paper suggest engravings on rock, or perhaps, with their upwardly curving motion, they are a  heat haze rising against a brilliant day.

This is a work full of delicate yet arresting textural and tonal contrasts and in the heart of it a small, human like figure appears to be wrapped or captured. His/her presence infers that the piece is a landscape or timescape, simply by virtue of scale.   As with the whole of the piece, one is drawn first to one interpretation then to another – is he captured or enraptured by the day?   Is he toiling on the land?  

The one thing this work certainly does is stimulate thought and will undoubtedy provoke conversation and analysis wherever it is disaplayed.  Being small and detailed it would look best with a simple background, perhaps in a room with strong light to make the most of the shadows that will be cast onto the paper by the found objects.

Some October favourites:

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Maristha Schellink’s piece "Towards light"  is a refreshingly unusual combination of  found objects, driftwood, metal, semi precious stones and paint.   This mixed media approach, using objects found in life to make an artistic statement  reflects Maristha’s statement that she wishes to reflect the good in the world, to portray light, movement and energy.

In this piece we have a three dimensional exploration of texture, colour and form, presenting a semi abstract landscape of sea, sky and moon.   The shapes of found objects suggest the patterns of waves lapping the shore and seem to reach towards the crystaline moon at the top of the piece, perhaps indicating the spritual journey towards the Light, as the title suggests.  

The background of textured paint is delicately incised with multiple spirals, strongly suggestive of ancient cave art, where one finds the spiral representing the initiatory journeys of life and death.    As a whole the piece has a sympathetic  tension between the feelings of movement and of stillness which are caused by the interplay of solid foreground objects and ethereal background patterning.

With its striking simplicity this work would look wonderful on a pure white wall, perhaps in a room with pale wood furniture, echoing the colours of the painting and drawing the viewer into its embrace.