Mixed Media

Another World Inside the Walls (2012)

Another World Inside the Walls recalls a fantasy world to which I would dream of escaping through the wall of my bedroom when I was a child. I wanted to evoke both the landscape as well as the emotional dream-like quality. A large grasshopper in the second panel invites looking for images and their juxtaposition. Throughout I’ve included images of Alice and the Caterpillar, famous of his “Who are you?” question, a series of 19th century European houses, a farmer woman holding back a cow in Julien Dupre’s painting In The Pasture, as well various passages from books regarding childhood, emotional development, and the role of imagination.

The style here reflects my research at the time into the work of Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning. Despite the strength of the influences, this was one of first paintings where I truly and deeply felt involved and invested in the process.

48 in by 80 in, acrylic and mixed media on masonite, 2012.

For Sale: $1619 USD

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Position Set in Motion (2011)

mixed media artwork by Chris Lockhart

One of my first uses of an acrylic gel transfer, Position Set in Motion was created during the Mixed Media course at Brevard College. Two benefits of gel transfer over direct collage are that it is transparent and that it allows the imagery to be warped. In this piece, phrases have been separated from each other by the distortion, like snippets of memory: “books of poetry”, “for us to feel”, and “doing more than brushing the surface.” A 1970s photograph of a mother speaking to her daughter in a kitchen is the clearest image, which has been transferred on top of brush marks and then itself further painted over. Empty lines, like ruled notebook paper, fill the area were text is notably absent.

12 in by 9 in, acrylic, paint, and gel transfer on canvas board, 2011.

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Carving Negative Space (2011)

mixed media art piece in medicine cabinet

Carving Negative Space was created for Painting II, for a Joseph Cornell box assignment. I went to area thrift shops and found initial inspiration in the electric knife sharpener. A variety of feelings and thoughts were stirred by the appliance, which I saw as having a past life in the kitchen of somebody’s parents. I then worked with the arrangement of objects and expressive marks around these ideas of childhood, the lost past, and absence of the present.

25½ in by 29 in by 5 in, acrylic paint, oil paint, gouache, acrylic polymer gel, wax crayon, oil pastel, mirror, chip brush, garden hose valve, kitchen towel, upholstery fabric, drawer knob, latex balloon, electric knife sharpener, electric wire, plastic book spiral, plastic medicine bottle, nail, paper, in wooden medicine cabinet, 2011.

For Sale: $550 USD

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Do Not Do Nothing (2011)

mixed media painting by artist Chris Lockhart.

Guillaume de Machaut is one of my absolute favorite composers. He was a composer of religious and secular pieces of polyphonic music in the 14th Century. Along with Josquin de Prez of the 15th century, Machaut was really the start of my interest in medieval culture. The modern day recordings we have of Machaut’s music are so wonderfully textural and beautiful that they are a frequent choice while I am painting. I wanted to produce a work in tribute of Machaut and this is it. I really don’t feel that it does the subject justice, so I plan to produce more in the future.

15¾ in by 12 in, acrylic and polymer gel transfer on wood panel, 2011.

For Sale: $155 USD

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Open Window: Baha’is in Iran (2011)

mixed media art piece on layers of plexiglass in wooden box

The Baha’i Faith became of interest to me several years ago. I also learned about the unfortunate difficulties Baha’is face in Islamic countries, especially Iran. This piece was created to draw attention to the ongoing persecution of members of the Baha’i Faith in Iran. In early 2011, I had read about arson on Baha’i-owned businesses and letters received by the community threatening destruction of property belong to Baha’is or Muslims known to befriend Baha’is. As recently stated by Siovash Khanjani, “The intention is to totally destroy the Baha’i community, both economically and culturally.”

While conducting research and sketching out various ideas, I kept coming back to how it must feel to walk up to your business and see that it had been attacked. From there, I developed the idea of building up layers with plexiglass inside a box. I also spoke with the public relations department of Baha’i Faith in the United States, because I didn’t want to accidentally offend those I intended to help. Since I was working abstractly, their main concern was not being portrayed as victims, because it was important to the community to maintain their dignity.

I hope that I have created a piece that is interesting enough that it will invite the viewer to look into the story behind it.

25 in by 35 in by 3½, solvent transfer, polymer gel transfer, wood glue, oil paint, spray paint, acrylic paint on plexiglass with burnt wood and ashes in wooden box, 2011.

For Sale: $500 USD

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