Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sneak Peek: Strange Voices From the Abyss

The opening of our art show is fast approaching (here's a link to my last post about the show with information about the opening) and there is still work to be done, paint to be flung. I'll be posting about the opening, but I wanted to share a bit of the back story about our upcoming show and how it came to be. We got the idea to do a collaborative show back in February when we submitted a piece to the juried 100th Monkey Studio show, Duets. We had so much fun creating a piece together, that we created another piece for the Portland Love Show, also in February. But we weren't ready to be done working together so we came up with the idea to do our very own collaborative show, which turned out to be our current Strange Voices From the Abyss.

Here is a description of how our collaboration works:

My studio is located right next to Destree’s home. Some of our pieces were created with us working side by side (or with one of us reaching over the other to add a dash or dab of paint, usually urgently). Other pieces were created separately: I would work on the pieces and splash paint during the day, and then, under the cover of darkness at the end of the day and usually after I had gone home, Destree would pop over to the studio and add her vibrant touches. We left notes for each other like were back in sixth grade - these notes have been attached to many of the pieces we created.

The majority of our pieces are molding paste and acrylics (and sometimes a found object or two) on wood substrates. Here's a glimpse into the creation of several of our pieces.

Somewhere along the way, we decided it would be fun to do some large canvases. So here's a peek at how our canvases came together.

The status of our pieces as of Tuesday evening.

We decided earlier this week that it would be nice to offer some smaller pieces for sale, so we're in the process of creating five little 8x8 molding paste and acrylic paintings on wood substrates. Oooolala, they're cute!

PS The talented young woman helping us in some of the photos is Destree's 7-year old daughter, Olivia, who is obviously a budding artist.

1 comment:

Destree said...

We look like two crazy ladies hasving a blast...and we are two crazy ladies (and a half pinter) having a great time! Great blog post!