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Cluster Flock mold!!


Cluster Flock mold


Finally poured the first half of my mold today for this guy.  I'm scared to see if it worked.  The rubber had a lot of crevices to fill.  Check out my ghetto support system.  Snazzy.

The Busc


I feel like this is all I ever do because it is all I ever do every goddamn day.

Back to school.

Back for my final year at WVU.  Here we go.


 Keep Morgantown beautiful.


Over the summer I tried to stay pumped about art.. and it ended up being the summer of the latch hook doppelgänger.  I'm interested in how most people feel the desire to figure out which celebrity you look like, especially when there is a strong resemblance.  Brian is told he looks like James Spader on a regular basis.  And I've grown up thinking I resemble Christina Ricci.  
Brian:
 (feat. Fat Cat and Downton Abbey)



Me:

I still think she looks a little too much like Mena Suvari.  I need to Ricci her up a bit.  And display for my latch hook rugs has always been a problem that I'll need to tackle.

Over the summer I also upped my hoarder status.  





I'm waiting for that magical epiphany of what to do with this insane amount of Forrest Gump VHS tapes.

I have a project idea that combines a funeral wreath and Nsync posters.  You'll see..



And The Busc..



I think this is the only sneak peek I'll give. I'm really excited about this one though.

 Home sweet home.

 I've also been working on casting crystals for the past few weeks and I finally finished filling another flamingo with them.  I'll be making that mold this week so that I can start casting them in plastic.  I want a flock.  A real cluster flock.
Sad little kitty figurine I prepped for a mold making demo this morning.  I'm hoping to turn that frown upside down.

Nannie and Fireworks


Laying it all out.


One of my favorite things, bundle of love.




Fireworks all glued.  This one is giving me issues.  Still trying to figure out how it's going to be mounted.


Finally finished Nannie last night at 2 am!

I have some pretty sweet ideas to move forward with these teleidoscope pieces, including transitioning onto the floor and utilizing this fun website, Spoonflower.

Nannie Update

I can't believe I've been working on this teleidoscope since Jan. 14th.


 I finished cutting all the triangles out about 2 weeks ago.


And since then I've been gluing like a fiend.


I finally finished gluing last night and now I'm starting to build the structure.
Instead of mounting them flat I want there to be some dimension.  We'll see how that works out!

I really love this one.

Oh hey, blog.

Well, well, well.  Have I been avoiding updating this old thing?  Yes.  Why?  I was waiting for the trauma of my full faculty review to wear off a bit.  It wasn't HORRIBLE... but it also wasn't GREAT.  So, what can I do but move on and make new art.

Here are some photos from my show.  I still haven't taken any really great photos.. I'll be doing that soon because I'm sure they want me to get my art out of there in the next week or so.

Excavation Vacation: Scoop and Squat

 Squat

 It's embarrassing I'm in all of these pictures but it can't be helped..
Cluster's Last Stand

 The cluster of Cluster's Last Stand.

 Teleidoscopes!

 Feat. Roxanne (curator extraordinaire) and Ron (master sculptor)



Okay, so on to new things.  No need to live in the past.


Now I'm starting a new project of teleidoscope inspired pieces.. The first one is starring my great grandmother Johnnie Miller Nash Morgan aka "Nannie".

This time I've split up one photo into about 40 triangles, and I have 140 prints (half of them mirrored). 
The plan is to start the teleidoscope with one triangle, say the eye, and then eventually morph the pattern to the next triangle.  And so on.  So in the end I hope for it to resemble a trippy portrait.
Right now I'm just a cutting machine.  I'm not even half way done cutting out about 6000 triangles.




This time once I have all of the triangles ready I plan to add some dimension, mount them so they form a concave half sphere.  I want the viewer's peripherals to be filled with the image.  It's going to be tricky but I feel this is the best way for my work to move forward.


In addition to the normal routine, I'm taking a badass class called Intro to Textiles.  It's just a basic class where we'll learn about fibers, but there's also a lab and today we made felted soap.  I love school.

Finishing all of my art = stress.



The final teleidoscope.  About 8 ft. tall.

My little bronze buffalo!

 Laying everything out.

A few plywood shapes.


Forming the cluster for the second pedestal.

Chaos.

LOVE

All day yesterday was my main art day.  I finished the bookcase piece, and mounted the teleidoscopes.  It was a long, long day.

 Tacking on the last crystal!

 My little helper.

Contact cement application.

 Technique.


 The contact cement was getting to me.


And today I finished the pedestal...
 
 BOOM.


Today I hauled of my work (two pedestals, bookcase, 11 teleidoscopes, and the dream catcher lawn chairs) down to the MAC.  Everything is in it's place, and I'll admit I'm pretty freaking in love.  
I'll post pictures of the show after my opening next week!


Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.

Thanksgiving Break




These are iPhone teleidoscopes.  I put the teleidoscope..

..this little guy, directly up to the iPhone camera.

I just took these with my mac!

This is quite exciting to me!


On Friday we did a bronze pour at school.
(I'm the one working the chain)

Going to break open my bronze soon.  Can't wait to see how everything turned out.

And I spent the rest of the weekend working on teleidoscopes.




This one turned out huge!



 Only two more to go!

I also picked up the postcards for my show that opens December 2nd.  I think I got over 200 of them so I'll be dispersing them around town for the next few weeks.


That's all for now!

I may be sleep deprived but I got something done today! Close up seen previously here.

During Thanksgiving break I will be an art making machine.

Crystals galore.



I still don't think this is enough!


I just finished a new mold with 6 larger crystals and was able to start casting tonight.  !!!


Smallest and Biggest.

The buffalo mold will be done tomorrow (if all goes well).  It's my first 3 part rubber mold so it's definitely stressing me out.  Keeping my fingers crossed.


Worked on this today too.. my sister is slowing becoming the star of my art.