Tuesday, July 30, 2013

From the Depths

Welcome to my new blog on the Melasdesign.com site. I'll start out with some good news. My felt sculpture "From the Depths" has been selected to be a part of the Art League Gallery's "Shapes" show. This is the annual sculpture showcase by the Art League. The gallery is located in the noted Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Twenty-one sculptures will be displayed, sharing the gallery with the annual "Scapes" landscape exhibit. The shows' opening is on Thursday, August 8 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Thanks to juror Laura Roulet for selecting my work and congratulations to the Monkith Saaid Award winner, Sabyna Sterrett. Thanks also to Renate Maile-Moskowitz for her encouragement and guidance through the creation of this sculpture at the Art League School. Pictures of selected works can be found here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjGTfuSK

About the sculpture: The felt tentacles are made of Merino wool, using the "bubble" technique. The "waves" are made of wool bat. The piece has a metal wire armature, plastic stuffing and a wooden base. It measures approximately 2'x2'. I had originally used this technique to make cuffs (accessories - armbands), but once I got looking at them, they just reminded me of suckers. This was the logical next step for me. Above all else, I wanted the "suckers" to be very colorful and set in high contrast to the tentacle "skin."