Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Family Portraits

In my Wallet Portrait series, I’m thinking about real families. If you want to know about whom someone considers family look into their wallet. These are the people that we choice to carry around with us. These people choice to call themselves family by documenting their relationships through photography. People’s wallets tell stories. Some caricatures make multiple appearances as they move through their lives.  I’m using children’s toys to create these stories; after all we already have histories we bring to some of these caricatures.
All Images copywritten.

Wallet Portraits Proposal

The proposal for this piece is simple. Create a life through someone’s wallet photos.
One wallet setting on a pedestal, Large photos framed and hung behind on the wall, a family gallery with extra wallet portraits to be taken home. 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Eight Rattles Together

Rattles are instruments of ritual used to put the participant in the correct state of mind for the ceremony. They also have a history of being toys given to infants, also to put them in the correct state of mind, i.e. quite.
The rattle babies seem to scream quietly, until shaken. They are a combination of our animal and human selves.  As is the tradition in composite creatures they are given aspects of the animal they are combined with, sort of a shadow self and or an animal guide. I also feel compelled to give them the tools they may need to survive. A baby human, bird or deer all need protection and camouflage. A hawk needs the rabbit, a fish the sea. Batboy instead carries the weight of our fear of our animal selves in his little body. He carries the burden of the love/hate relationship we have with this myth of the super hero/monster. A human who carries too much animal, the unwelcome aspects (the wolf-the bat) becomes either a hero or quickly an evil creature to be avoided or stamped out.  But as a baby we feel connected somehow to this animal and thereby to ourselves. I know some may look and see only the strangeness of it all but I’m hoping for a small recognition of the self. 


Tuesday Nights: PROJECT ONE: THE EXQUISITE CORPSE: " We will begin by playing the game Exquisite Corpse. This is a method by which collections of w..."

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Blog for Tuesday the Tuesday night class.

I've made a new blog so that the Tuesday night crowd will have a place to brain storm together.

Class to begin in Aug.

It's time to start thinking about school again.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Project 4: Mold Making, (Replacement Method)

I know the semester is over but I had to share this project!

Project Description: The project concept is personal identity and the aesthetics of  duplication. What does it mean to be masked? What do you identify with? Who is your shadow self?
The cast is just a starting point. So once you have casted your face you have just begun. We will be using Alginate to cast a portion of your face. After we cast we then cast from this mold in wax were you will rework it into a mask; other things can be added at this point. From this we will make a ceramic shell mold, which  we will cast in either Bronze or Aluminum.

Two More Baby Rattles...

Two new arrivals, the Feathered Serpent and the Mt Lion rattles, both of royal blood. That is if Gods and Royalty are the same.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

New Sculpture: Louie

The new sculpture Louie was excepted into American Art Collector.
Welcome to my world Louie and congrads.
If you must know... Louie was the name I gave to my stuffed lion, he was given to me in hospital when I was burned at 2. I went every where with him.
He was lost in the Cedar Fire when I lost my home and studio.
Came with a fire and left in a fire.

The rest?