THE STORY BEHIND THE PROCESS….
“The Mechanism” was created by photographing and scanning various ephemeral and vintage items I collect. I then use photo imaging computer software to collage, arrange, and layer each item.
In this particular image I started by scanning an antique photograph of a woman next to her motorcycle. This photograph was purchased at a flea market in Berlin, Germany. She was my inspiration. I then scanned in an image of farm equipment (gears) from a Sears Roebuck Catalogue from 1908. This woman reminds me of my grandmother, so I photographed a few pages of her travel journals, which you see included in the upper left corner. Lastly, I added the red cardinal. It comes from The Baldwin Primer by May Kirk printed in 1899 to assist children in the beginning phases of learning. This fit perfectly since my grandmother was a teacher, but also the symbolism for the cardinal is someone who is naturally energetic, loves life, and happy to help other people. Yep, that’s her.
My commission work follows a similar process I do with my own work. I offer the client an opportunity to dust off the family heirlooms, photographs, letters, or special objects to come together in an original piece of art.
We begin our work with a conversation. I love this part! Hearing and seeing your collections gets me very excited to start creating something for you and your family. It is advisable for the client to find any of my past work as inspiration for the commission.
As a policy I do not use your original objects, but rather digitally scan them into my computer then lovingly return them to you.
I allow two revisions to the piece so that the expectations of the client meet the expectations of my creative process. I want to make this piece of art so that it can be handed down from generation to generation. The client may have ideas on what they want these future generations to see, which I am very open to adding and altering as I build the piece (but may have missed in our initial conversation).
Feedback and communication are my priority.
8″ x 8″ is $550
8″ x 12″ is $675
11″ x 14″ is $800
Custom sizes upon request.
I can hand-build a box for your art piece like my series HERE. These start at 12″ x 12″ for $1000.
Please email me with your request to meet. I typically take one or two commissions at a time and the process generally takes two months after we meet.
Examples of previous work:
Read more from the CSA: Q&A, Inspiration