When I found out about Free Art Friday Detroit, I knew I’d need to figure out a way to participate. One of the issues I had to overcome was finding something to contribute that would not be as vulnerable as many of my fired clay pieces.
I also decided that I should create it from elements already in my studio. Which, unfortunately isn’t as limiting as you might think. If you work as a mixed media artist for any amount of time you begin to accumulate all manner of ephemera, artifacts, and irresistible gifts from the universe.
What you see above are the seeds of art for me. Included are; an old wooden fork, a Christmas ornament that didn’t sell, a wooden arm leftover from a failed assemblage, pieces of “street” glass, buttons, magnetic words and other treasures. The “Victorianish” head pictured is one I cast in Paperclay years ago, using an old metal doll’s head as the positive. I still have the mold, and two other cast heads, so there is potential for making more. The paper bits are what remains of some antique postcards my dog decided to taste.
I also decided I should limit the time I invest in this project. After gathering the materials, I’m thinking 2 hours is reasonable. Wish me luck. I will post my finished piece here when it’s done. FAFDet here I come…
If there are other artists reading this who have done a Free Art Friday artwork, I would love to hear about your process.