April 24, 2015 by smithartonline
For want of a better name, Sacred Signs seems to fit the bill. This is another mixed media on raw muslin work. My initial foray into working in this form was creating works for various Papergirl projects in England and Northern Ireland. Papergirl works need to be able to be rolled up at the conclusion of the exhibition for public distribution. Tibetan thanka paintings are designed in such a way and over the years I have had the opportunity to view these types of painting at the USC Pacific Asia Museum.
This particular work’s genesis began with a blog entry by Harrie Nijland, an outstanding photographer who consistently posts exquisite images on his site. This particular photo, Order and Chaos, is of a graffiti wall. Finding inspiration in his photo, I began the piece with the upper and lower bands. I used a much freer airbrushing method than usual. I then moved into the central image area employing the stencils I have created…many of them have references to various religious and philosophical ideas.
Another Papergirl exhibition is looming in the near future and this work may find its way to the show.
Helen Rae, whose exhibition I mentioned in a previous posting, had an opening of her solo exhibition on 18 April. Happily, I was able to attend. It is my understanding it was pretty much a sell-out on opening night. Her work may be viewed at The Good Luck Gallery through 16 May, or you may see some of her images at ArtPin.