Friday, April 24, 2020

It Had to Change


This work I've done during the Coronavirus home-stay has really challenged me. All those figures holding disks with animal heads. What was that about? And that dog or some kind of animal? Finally, they all came together as a single piece, marching along together. I have no clue what this is about, but I am glad to put it aside for awhile...





Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Everything So Far


So the animal wasn't actually finished yet. It needed more definition, and I carved a new left eye for it. Here's where it wound up. All these photos are taken in the room where I have my temporary studio and where I have a couch and a cot for my two grandchildren, who spend every Friday night here now.


There are seven figures in the Catching It series at the moment, and I think that's enough for now. It's time to turn to something new. I have a group of wonderful bird cages given to me by Ruth Hamilton, and I need to figure out what goes in them...






Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Animal Finished


I played around with the idea of having a variety of other creatures riding on this guy's back, but I think the bird is enough.



Here's one of the creatures (a turtle?) that didn't make it onto the back..


I took these photos this morning out on the front steps, with a sheet as a backdrop. Primitive times.



Thursday, April 2, 2020

An Animal


I carved this piece of firewood (somehow it just looked like an animal...) to create a head and body, and then added pieces of wood I've collected while jogging during this time of sequestration. It proves my personal philosophy
There's nothing that can't be improved by the addition of polka dots!
I find this little creature very comforting. It needs a tail, and I think there might be something riding it -- maybe a bird... More later.





Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Catching It


I realize these guys are catchers. We're all worried about catching it, the plague, the virus. I think there will be more in this series...



Saturday, March 28, 2020

Shields


I needed materials, so I went for a jog this morning and collected wood on the way to bring back to the "studio". I already had found two fabulous pieces of pierced metal on the road last week, and they were just waiting for their other parts.

I added heads first, then one got what seemed like wings. Then I wanted to have them holding round things. At first I thought it was a tray, and they were some kind of servers, but then I realized they were shields. Maybe we are all trying to ward off the awfulness that seems to be assaulting us and the world -- environmental depredation, a narcissist for a president, and now a pandemic. Three strikes. Maybe they're catchers... Catchers in the Sty.


The wood still needs to be treated somehow (I don't have my wax with me at home), and I'm not sure if they will have legs and, if so, what kind. Also are they on a stand or on the wall. Time will tell.



Thursday, March 26, 2020

Art in the Time of COVID-19


Adjustments are being made by all of us during this time. My Art Group has been doing a round-robin email thread where people can tell what they're working on -- or thinking about.

I isolated at home for two weeks after my husband had back surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, then had to go out to a doctor's appointment two days ago and one for him to have his stitches taken out yesterday, and I took the opportunity to go by my studio and pick up some tools so I can do a little bit of work at home. I know I could be working on watercolors or drawing, but I was craving to work with wood and objects.

So, I rearranged my home office and brought in a nasty old piece of plywood from the barn to create a surface over file cabinets and voila! Home studio! I'll have to go outside to do big sawing and carving (thanks to Ann Young for the loan of chisels!), but tomorrow I'll dig in.

One side of the room and

the other side.



Friday, March 6, 2020

Bigs and Littles


Some friends recently bought a small apartment in New York City and wanted some of my work in their new space! They wound up buying both one of the new large figures


and also three of the smaller figures that were in a recent show at North Common Arts


I'm grateful to them for sending these images, and I'm sure they and my work will both enjoy their new home in the Big Apple!


Monday, March 2, 2020

Boats Floating in Montpelier


I've been working on making Ships and Boats for several years now, and this week I've put them on exhibit at the Capital Region Visitors Center at 134 State Street in Montpelier (next door to the Vermont Arts Council). They're open 6AM-5PM M-F and 9AM-5PM on weekends (wow, way more hours than most galleries...) The boats will be there until April 29, so stop by and have a look.

There's a case with a small flotilla of vessels, and two larger ones on a nearby windowsill ... just where you'd expect to find boats.

 




Here's a short statement. I was thinking about immigration, and the movement of people around the globe and how we need to be open to that, since all of us in this country came (in the not so distant past) from somewhere else.

If you’re here at the Visitors Center, you’re probably from someplace other than Montpelier, Vermont!
Humans have been moving around since the beginning of our species – by foot, by horse, by cart, by plane – and by boat.
Ships and boats move goods across oceans, take people fishing on lakes, and glide up and down rivers. They are part of our life on this watery planet.
These boats are made of found materials – wood, metal, bone, and other interesting things.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

In the Quick Change Gallery at SPA


I've got three figures in the very cool Quick Change Gallery at Studio Place Arts (it's a repurposed phone booth!). It's called Offerings, because each figure is "offering" something to the viewer (and all of the things offered start with the letter B): a Brush, a Baby, and a Bird. You can also have a look on the SPA website and Facebook page.



And some closeups (all photos courtesy of SPA):







Don't forget that we will be having Open Studios at SPA this Saturday, February 8, from 1-3 PM. Almost all of our studios will be open, so come and visit!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

People Hanging on the Wall


After making lots of relatively small-scale figures from found materials, I'm now working on 1/2 to 3/4 lifesize figures using found materials. They also hang on the wall, but they are larger than previous work -- which is a challenge and a delight!


There are twelve of them made so far, though I expect to do some tweaks and changes. They will be exhibited at J. Langdon in Montpelier, opening at the Art Walk on June 5, 2020 -- so there are four months until that happens!


I have the idea that it would be cool to parade them through the streets with music (one "carrier" holding each piece, dressed in black and  moving and manipulating the pieces, like puppeteers), winding up at the gallery, where the pieces would be hung one-by-one on the wall, creating the exhibition!