Stretching and Challenge

I’m at that place with my output where I either dive in and take huge risks or remain content with charming sculptures that are “Tim Burton-esque”.  Both are valid choices.  One is more difficult than the other.  I want so much to stretch into larger scale installation pieces and this requires space.  More than my cramped garage can hold.

I woke up about a year ago with an image in my mind … well two of them.  One of them taps into the gestation phase that influences all of my work.

For me, gestation directly speaks to my process.  I let ideas and inspiration “cook” in my mind and spirit for a long time before anything happens in the real world.  Gestation is also something that fascinates me in a real sense.  I was born premature (by a month), apparently anxious to get “out of there”.  The interesting thing for me is that I keep revisiting the womb in various ways.  Some of my earlier pieces were literally baby dolls with magnifying classes in front of them.  I’m still fascinated by those pieces.  I’m compelled to look closer, to magnify, to “get inside” that idea of gestation and birth.

I will continue to work toward the large scale piece that wants to come out.  Maybe if I build it, an opportunity will come to present it.  If I believe it, I will see it.

Now, GO BE CREATIVE!  xoxo

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Cirque, Hedda and Ronald 2016

When I start a paper clay bust, I let the process move organically.  My only intention before I started these 3 was “eccentric”.  They all have pine cone caps as head dresses and now I’m addicted to pine cone caps.  Seriously addicted.  They are textural, quirky, organic and whimsical.

These 3 happened at the same time.  I shifted back and forth between them as they were drying and taking form.  I love their eccentricities, out there in the open for all to see.

 

Cirque, 2016

Cirque, 2016

Hedda, 2016

Hedda, 2016

Ronald, Paper Clay, 2016

Ronald, Paper Clay, 2016

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Bitsy, 2016

A friend gave me a mink remnant that she found in a bag of goodies and I immediately thought of a socialite from the 1950’s.   I have a book of photographs entitled “Reflections of a Man, The Photographs of Stanley Marcus” (of Neiman Marcus fame).  I have a life long fascination with fashion and a darling friend gave me this book as inspiration and eye candy.  Ms. Bitsy would fit directly into the pages of the book.

Bitsy, 2016

Bitsy, 2016

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Heart Centered, 2016

This started with a gift of an old croquette set.  The balls are ideal for heads, so I challenged myself to make a face and go from there.  I have been collecting acorn caps on my walk and one of them seemed perfectly suited for this sculpture.

The arms are fabric from an old pair of pjs, and I painted them to highlight their stripes in keeping with the “old croquette set” feel.

 

Heart Centered, 2016

Heart Centered, 2016

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Family Portrait

I found an old box with scribbling inside.  I immediately thought of a little kid and the treasures that must have been kept inside.  So, I decided to channel one of my favorite artists, Cecile Perra, and make a kid-like family portrait.

The metal tags are vintage French plant markers on which I painted little characters.  I made the soft doll out of simple cotton fabric and paint, adding pencil lines for the face.

Although this is not entirely like other work that I’ve done, my fascination with dolls had to come out in this piece.

 

Family Portrait, 2016

Family Portrait, 2016

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Fantasy, 2016

Fantasy, 2016

Fantasy, 2016

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Renewed Energy

Art Shrine

Art Shrine

I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately.  Okay for about 3 years.  Life got in the way and it felt almost impossible to get back to that creative flow.  I tried sitting in my studio even if I wasn’t working, touching all of the bits to see if something would inspire me, shopping for vintage elements.  Nada.  Nothing.  Then I started talking to other artists and it appears that this happens sometimes.  Now that I’m “back in the flow” what I realize is that I was cooking during that difficult time.  Things were re-arranging themselves in my spirit, psyche, mind, being … whatever you want to call it.  I have a new perspective that seems to want to express itself.  It’s surprising me and I’m going to go with it.

In the end, art (for me at least) seems to be all about curiosity, discovery, bravery (the moment you realize you have to break something in order to get to the good stuff) and listening … trusting.  Art making is, in the end, my spiritual practice and I guess my life lesson is to just accept that.  It doesn’t have to be anything more.  Until it does!  🙂

Wishing you all a creative life!

Susan

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Thimble-Eena 2016

Recycled vintage tin, porcelain doll, recycled fur, wire, vintage button.
3.5″ tall, 2.25″ wide

Thimble-Eena 2016 $79.00

Thimble-Eena 2016
$79.00

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Alone Time 2016

Vintage tin, porcelain doll, childs block, fabric, buttons.  7.25″ tall, 5.25″ wide, 3″ deep

Alone Time 2016 $199.00

Alone Time 2016
$199.00

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Ready, Mr. DeMille 2016

Vintage metal mesh handbag, handmade dolls of fabric, recycled fur, collage elements, acrylic paint

Ready, Mr. DeMille 2016 $129.00

Ready, Mr. DeMille 2016
$129.00

 

 

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King Pin 2016

Vintage ruler, toy bowling pins, scrabble tiles, buddha head, porcelain doll arms, wire, nails.  12″ long, 3″wide, 4″tall

KingPin 2016

KingPin 2016

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Mavis 2015

Paper Clay, Acrylic Paint, Recycled Fabric.  5.5″ tall, 4″ wide

Mavis 2015 $79.00

Mavis 2015
$79.00

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