6.500 x 6.500 x 1.000 inches
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The Queen Anne-rivers Lace
Mixed Media - Paint On Metal
Last year, I walked through a warehouse in Savannah with its owner, searching for materials and surfaces to use for art projects. I was really looking for large pieces of wood but when we came across a large pile of rusty old round saw blades, I was intrigued. Not only did the rust provide a beautiful surface texture, but drawing on a picture plane that was round rather than rectangular inspired all kinds of new ideas. Each piece in this series of work has been transformed from one of these rusty saw blades into a fully-functioning clock adorned with semi-symmetrical designs based on sacred geometry. Bright, saturated color palettes convert each jagged-edged surface into an elaborately-decorated wall clock by transforming the circular blades into blossoming, symmetrical celebrations of nature.
The theme of time interests me, as do themes of nature and the cycle of life. I also like the idea of my pieces of art being functional because of the further integration into people’s everyday lives. The title of this collection “The Efflorescent Present” refers to the process of coming into full flower as being our "present" reality. More than indicating the varying "time of day" with their hands, I hope that these "Now-Flowers" will be a constant reminder that you are always experiencing the minutes and hours of your life from one place: The Now... Be Here Now. Inspired by the nature of my efflorescent present, I create elaborate floral fantasies that are both intricate and intimate.
Many of the mandala-like compositions are named after my family and friends, as titles like “Bailey-Biscus,” “Jessie-Rose” and “Jenny-Suckle” indicate, because they all have different personalities. who originally hails from Houston. Many of them remind me of specific people in my life and — whether it’s because I was thinking about someone while I was working or hanging out with various people while I draw — they are all affected by the energies that I come into contact with every day.
I find inspiration for my work by basing it on things I am interested in or passionate about. My art is my spirituality and my means for communication. It is all inspired by love.
September 20th, 2012
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