Creating Free Art using; Intuition, Improvisation, Extemporization

Possible Art?

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.

About Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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2 Responses to Creating Free Art using; Intuition, Improvisation, Extemporization

  1. Katherine R. Willson says:

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with… (really hoping it includes the doll head!)

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