“‘Cause I’m artsy, y’all!” /Attack of the Show reference

taxonomy under-painting

 

So, once upon a time, I made pieces like this *points* as bases for my chimera series, with a few purely taxonomic line forms because I enjoyed them.

 

While I was working in my studio today, I got to thinking:  Is this The Nothing?

 

Let me explain.

 

These sorts of organic forms keep showing up in my work, but they’re evolving too.  And, they’re showing up in really strange places.

 

echo-spectre algae primate
Not my favorite in the new evolution of the echo-spectres, but it's the only one that I have a picture of currently.

 

At first, the taxonomic structures were kind of a butterfly/dragonfly/cell(ular) structure reference that was decorative, organic, and often monstrous as well as a base for the chimerae.

 

Now?  It’s just kinda—imposing itself everywhere.

 

It’s creepy.

 

taxonomy tunnel

 

Today, on a whim to create one of these on plex (which I’ve done before but not recently), I was drawing it on top of a discarded atlas page (so that I could see what I was doing and not mark all over my new ginormous self-healing matte), and I had this super-imposed image of a flowing, engulfing nothingness.  <–Okay, this could be a resurgence of my interest economic theory but seriously?

 

But, The Nothing is in slime and ooze and cancerous egg sacs spewing destruction.

 

So, it’s a happy Nothing.  *blech*

 

‘Though, the egg sac thing is kinda contradictory—except for all of the entire Aliens references.

 

*waves hand*  The cancer-thing is definitely an influence, literarily, from The Witches of Eastwick (novel), which I’m not even sure I like yet. <–I saw John Updike speak when  I was a Freshman, and I thought that he was a pretentious dick then.  I had chalked it up to being tired and, due to being late, having to sit on the floor.  Now?  I’m pretty certain my first impression was the correct impression. *shrugs*

 

So, yeah, The Nothing.

 

I’m still thinking about it.

 

Okay, that was my thinky for the day.

 

Courage.

 

Classes at the ARTgarage:

 

Storybeads:

  • Saturday, January 14th: basic beading structures & open studio
  • Saturday, January 21st: fiber incorporation & open studio
  • Saturday, January 28th: pendant structures & open studio
  • Saturday, February 4th: wire work & open studio

When: Saturdays, January 14th-February 4th, 10 am-12 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $25 includes use of tools and basic materials (sign-up for 3 classes and take the 4th free!)

 

Bookmaking:

  • Saturday, January 14th: Instabooks
  • Saturday, January 21st: Concertina books
  • Saturday, January 28th: Pamphlets
  • Saturday,February 4th: Japanese Stab Binding
  • Saturday, February 11th: Codex books
  • Saturday, February 18th: Tunnel books
  • Saturday, February 25th: Flag books
  • Saturday, March 3rd: Carousel books
  • Saturday, March 10th: Folded structures
  • Saturday, March 17th: Altered books

When: Saturdays, January 14th-March 17th, 1-3 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $60 for first session, $40 for each following session

 

Papermaking:

  • Saturday, February 11th: History, equipment, initial pulls
  • Saturday, February 18th: Cotton pull
  • Saturday, February 25th: Abaca/flax pull
  • Saturday, March 3rd: Kozo, dyeing, and forming
  • Saturday, March 10th: Inclusion papers
  • Saturday, March 17th: Pulp-painting and collage pages

When: Saturdays, February 11th-March 17th, 9-12 am

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

 

Mixed Media:

 

Possible projects include 10-layer drawings, altered books, and assemblage and techniques such as photo-transfer.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

When: Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 10-12 am

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

 

Sculpture:

 

Possible projects include mini-installation, guerrilla fiber, fiber art, assemblage, wearable art, and/or environmental art.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

When: Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 1-3 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

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4 thoughts on ““‘Cause I’m artsy, y’all!” /Attack of the Show reference”

  1. Sorry about the John Updike thing… I can’t remember if he had *cancer.* Anyway… I really like the tunnel book, it gives the sense of motion very effectively.

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