Wednesday, February 22, 2012

12 Boxes for S&P

1914 (2006)
22" x 26" x 4.5"

1944 (2008)
26.75" x 18.25" x 4.5"

Woah, Nellie! (Suffragette) (2007)
24.5" x 27"x 4"

He Pushed All Her Buttons (2009)
26.5" x 22.25" x 3.75"

Good and Evil (2007)
30" square x 4.5"

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2010)
19.5" x 24.4" x 4"

St. Successa (2011)
24" x 28" x 5"

St. Margaret the Barefoot (2010)
24" x 28" x 5"

St. Catherine the Astonishing (2010)
24" x 28" x 5"

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (with frame) (2010)
24" x 28" x 5"

Our Lady of Perpetual Light (2011)
24" x 28" x 5"

Victory (in progress) (2012)
25" x 31" x 4.75"

These are the 12 shadowboxes that will be in the show, Sacred & Profane. My work will be featured with the shadowboxes of North Bay artist Betty Sager.

Sacred & Profane will be at the WKP Kennedy Gallery from April 20 - May 11,and at the Thames Art Gallery (mezzanine) from June 15 - July 22, 2012.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy Accident

'Victory' - in progress

It turns out that a broken teacup is a symbol of a 'compromised' woman. Althought 'Victory' isn't really about compromised women, it IS about women being left to pick up the pieces (so to speak!) on the homefront during WW2. And besides, forced compromise seems to be one of the predominant themes in my shadowboxes so I'm using the broken teacup anyway. I'm sure it will all make sense in the final analysis.

Now that the pressure is off to create new work for my exhibition at the WKP Kennedy Gallery & Thames Art Gallery, my creative juices are flowing. Plus I had a really good chat with art critic/writer/professor/Dr. Lorenzo Buj, who is writing the piece about my work for the exhibition publication, and I got all enthusiastic again about what I do and why I do it. He saw so many symbols and metaphors in my work. He even got the 'Judith and Holofernes' reference in my shadowbox 'St. Successa' and I got chills! I am the sum of my experiences and, as a result, so many sub-currents seep into my work, including my Art History background.

The above image is the torch that will be the focal point of my new shadowbox called 'Victory', and a white mannequin hand will be holding this torch against a black shadowy background. I've used Barbie legs for the flames. The green stuff is painter's tape, temporarily holding the torch upright while the glue is drying. Look closely and you will see that what looks like black ironwork under the teacup is actually black lace.

Oh, the fun I have with symbols and metaphors! And I'm not mad at you anymore, Angus. Your curiosity as a cat created a happy accident. I think the broken teacup is perfect.