More new work:
Three more little beeswax pieces….
A few influences have come together, along with my own ideas, in these works. More recently, I’ve been reading Heather Smith Jones : Art Space. She does amazing work with the most elemental of materials- paper and a needle. By piercing the paper in patterns, she creates white on white textural pieces that are really wonderful. She’s got an etsy shop where she sells small watercolor and piercing works on paper. When I saw her work, I wondered if it would work in wax.
Another influence was seeing Tara Donovan’s show at the Met in February. I had read a little review of the installation before I went, and promptly forgot about it, until I walked into the room, and fell madly in love. We spent quite a while there, and I lay down of the floor and just enjoyed it.
The whole thing was made from mylar tape. Again, such a simple idea, and so, so beautiful. Each little loop of tape gathered light and reflected it back in odd ways, creating a glow.
A third influence has been some pieces I saw a good 10 years ago, but have stuck in my head. A gal I went to school with at UCSC, Reed Danziger, showed me some works on paper – I think they were graphite, oil paint, and ink on paper, embedded in layers of varnish. Something about the stark black on white compositions intrigued me. Again, the simplicity. I was doing huge, messy, expressionistic landscapes at the time, and the quiet intensity of those paintings struck me. I couldn’t find any links to that older work, but you can see her work from last year on her website. Quite dazzling.
And there you have it. Another piece of my process. As a visual artist, I’m constantly influenced by things I see, or read, different ideas. Then they incubate a while. Some things stick with me, some evaporate and are forgotten. And sometimes it all comes together in something new.