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Considering a Mood…

Considering a Mood...

This is a mixed media piece assembled from discarded paintings and a drawing of a duck. What mood does it evoke in you?


Bound Up Inside

Fused Plastic Collage with Marker on Wax Paper
Holly Suzanne 2012

Sometimes I feel bound up inside as if there were no escape from my own self defined ideas.  Things like beauty and creativity find themselves cloaked or stifled and I struggle to bring forth what I’m trying to say, do or represent.  I move about and wrestle trying to free that thing that will change it all, that will finally release me from what’s holding me.  I feel inept, unable to execute my ideas or my desires.  I guess  we never really know what is hidden or what we hide from ourselves, the parts of our selves that sabotage.  I can feel their effects, but struggle today to get my bearings and push through to the other side.

Morning Coffee and Watercolor Rain

This morning Nathan and I are sitting at Mead’s Corner having coffee (this is where my work is up this month).  We happen to be positioned in a sunny room right in front of this piece, “Watercolor Rain”, which is a mixed media collage on board.  It suites my mood this morning, so I share it here.  There’s something about the way she stands, turned away, head down.  I experience the piece as a  melancholy calm, with hints of passion and memory, nostalgia and wistful remembering,  Some of my pieces hit me this way.  So much of my experience and way of experiencing are worked out in the making, each artifact a part of an intricate tapestry of being.  So I let it ruminate,  and allow myself to feel.



Collaging Realities

“First Love”
Encaustic Collage on 2″ Cradle Board
6″ x 6″

Mixed Media Encaustic Collage on Cradle Board
6″ x 6″
“Stories of Meaning”
Mixed Media Encaustic Collage on Board
6″ x 6″
Mixed Media Encaustic on Cradle Board
6″ x 6″

The conception of these works is grounded in the idea of  meaning making and memory.  Encaustic allows for a diffuse effect meant here to facilitate vague uncertainty so that the viewer is freed to bring their own interpretation into the work.   I used small 6″x 6″ cradled boards with premade slogans on the front found at the dollar store as the ground for the work.   This was a purposeful choice that symbolizes the construction of memory rooted in a social cultural context.