Images from a canopy of indigenous trees on the Ashiwilticook Bike Path embraced me as I video taped my decent into Adams , MA coming soon at my January 2018 Residency exhibition @ Lesley University.
This crystallized sphere was created by using a store-bought ball with pin wholes in it, burlap stitched around the surface of the ball, and Borax. There will be many more of varying sizes to follow. Here it is displayed on a cake plate pedestal to give a floating effect. It weighs about 15lbs from being crystallized. The process took well over 35 hrs.
These works were created through impressions of my time at the Ashiwilticook Bike Path in Berkshire County, MA. It is a glorious peaceful place that often makes me wonder how big government can threaten its beauty through pipelines or with the denial of climate change.
While we enjoy the Ashiwilticook’s beauty, something is slightly eschew due to these threats. I have great concern for the preservation of the Berkshires natural landmarks, such as the Ashiwilticook Trail, Kennedy Park, Pleasant Valley, and Canoe Meadows and I hope we always have these gracious bountiful havens.
These sculptures are hand sewn, hand dyed burlap, and crystallized. In real life they shimmer with dazzling crystals.
They are the beginning of an environmental series I intend to create.
They are Titled “By Cheshire Lake I & II.
Going deep! I call this piece Blue Velvet Barnacles. Creating a sphere with a balloon, burlap, plaster, sea shells, and star fishes, I boiled 20 gallons of filtered water, used a deep blue dye, and crystallized it for 24 hrs. It didn’t come out with chunky crystals like I wanted but the texture looks like soft blue Velvet! I loved the way it turned out!! This one was definitely worth the hours it took to conceive and produce.
These sculptures sparkle glamorously while emanating warmth and earthiness. They are 1′ in diameter, but I’m working on larger ones. 100% off the wall!
This residency was about viewing incredible art at many museums and in the crit spaces of my fellow class mates! Here is my class of June 2018, and some of my work produced over the 1st semester. More art from January 2017 residency to come with a semester summary!