During mixed media class, I made a series of 3 paintings inspired by the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry.” I was inspired by a series of monoprints made with rotting bananas by the artist Dieter Roth. I wrapped up two pounds of strawberries in canvas tied up tight with twine. The bundle was then placed in Kings Creek for ten days under a bridge weighed down by a piece of broken concrete. After the canvas was dry, I selected an area for the character and composition of the stains, cropped it, stretched it, and coated it with polymer gel to protect the stains and surface.
18 in by 15 in, acrylic, library card on stained canvas, 2011.
During mixed media class, I made a series of 3 paintings inspired by the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry,’ in which he describes a difficulty found in teaching poetry. He also describes a way I like to think about art as experience and a means of expression. A line from this poem, “press an ear against its hive,” was written in a few pages of my sketchbook as a reminder of what I hope to accomplish.
15 in by 18 in, acrylic, gel transfer, and paper on canvas, 2011.
I had this idea about the becoming an artist, the old ideas of Paris and the French Academy, Hans Hoffman, the influence of James Joyce, Anthony Burgess and William S. Burroughs. And a ridiculous pineapple.
12 in by 9 in, acrylic, gouache, ink and paper collage on canvas board, 2011.
I painted this self portrait in the painting studio at Brevard College while trying to focus on what I saw as light being reflected rather than painting the objects. This was an interesting exercise to do at various times of the day in a room full of windows, because the quality and direction of the sunlight was never the same. The coke bottles are used to hold my brushes, which were in use at the time of painting.
This acrylic painting was created for the “surrealist landscape” project in Painting II. We started by creating a list of 100 words through free-association. From that list, we chose a handful at random and then developed a scenario of them together in a landscape. And so, a donkey traveled the desert under the slice of pickle sun to speak to the oracle, W.C. Fields with a newspaper box bottom and a companion raven. The oracle has a large fleshy eye-stalk extended from his top-hat to investigate visitors in an intimidating way. In the distance, two wheelchair-birds fly in they sky.