Process shot of three sculptures I am currently working on. Lots of plans brewing for this “Dwellings” series I will be diving into this year.
I started these dwellings a year ago, but it took me awhile to figure out how to work with this teak wood repurposed from an old boat. There is a lot of uneven edges not to mention it is a very hard wood. I have it figured out now, so the fun part can begin!
“Loop” 7″x11″x3″ wood (repurposed teak from a boat), branches, grass leaves, nest, map, plexiglass.
I completed this piece after months of troubleshooting glass vs. plexiglass. I ended up with plexiglass because I can remove it easily (screws) if needed and has an added UVA protection. This particular piece is staying in my private collection. My husband collected this nest while in Germany.
I mistakenly left this piece in my hot car which melted some of the adhesives on these stones. I had to break the glass and tear it off to get to the stones. In the process, I damaged the surface of the wood box. My solution is to cover the damage with soil and matte medium, then screw plexiglass over it to protect the assemblage within. I haven’t wanted to use a plastic but this is proving more durable in the long run.
Since 2006 I have been working with Laura Gaffke sending art through the mail to one another and meeting up over the phone lines weekly. She lives in Connecticut and I am down the coast in South Carolina. Cleaning my studio today, I set up a corner for our work to give me continual inspiration throughout the year. You may see the extensive mail art projects at our website www.lauraTWOtina.com and follow our progress on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.
This new year I am going to be immersing myself more in nature and drawing in a journal like a naturalist would. The first entry will be on ice and snow. Who knew??