An 8”x 10” piece of tin is issued to each artist, as they must use it in some way to create their final piece. I have cut them up, painted them, hammered, sanded, shined and adorned them with various materials, including wire and wood, all for the satisfying pursuit to come up with something unique each year. This kind of project often inspires other ideas that could flourish into a new series, if I am lucky. That would be a happy accident, because after producing a series like Studio Junkies, I am not really certain what direction I will take next.
The other piece I have worked on is for a Danish/American collaboration titled RØRPOST, which has been mostly put together by a couple of members in my art critique group – Art Chatter. They would be Donna E. Perkins and Renata Lucia, thank you both very much! This has been an interesting challenge for me, to say the least. I have collaborated with other artists in the past, but we have always done our own separate piece, either in response to each others work, or we each created around a chosen theme.
Some pieces looked rather finished to me, and others, like the one I did (right), may have been too sparse or simple? I guess this is all part of what makes this a good exercise in learning to stretch ourselves as artists. It has not been without a few bumps in the road, and a tiny moment or two out of my comfort zone, but thus far, I am actually pleased with the idea that we chose to take on this project. I really look forward to seeing the finished works!