- Thanks everyone for attending GMoA Pop-Up Gallery at the Buchtel House, Auburn,IN. 9/3 - 9/5/21!
LOOKING BACK...............30 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE ...........................2019
This is the first time this body of work has been exhibited together. There are over 60 pieces of framed marbled art and over 60 pieces of retail items such as marbled silk scarves and pocket squares, greeting cards, journals and pendant necklaces.
In 1989 until about 1996 most of the marbling I did was on paper. I used my marbled papers in greeting cards and collage work. Commissioned projects included decorative paper for wedding invitations and covered boxes. The Limited Edition papers were done a short time later when decorative papers for scrap booking were popular.
In this exhibit you will see the Geisha Series which introduced marbled fabric in dimensional collage pieces with a puzzle like design. Inspiration for this design happened during an art class taught by Ilene Satala. True to Ilene's intent for artists to be inspired in their own art form during her classes it was an idea filled with possibility.
The Kimono has been a favorite of mine from the age of 4 years old, when my grandmother, who had just come back from the World's Fair, gave me a blue kimono with an embroidered gold dragon on the back . Story goes it was loved so much that it was difficult for my mother to get me to take it off so it could be washed.
The Cat Series speaks for itself. There were 2 very special feline friends who were with me in the beginning of my marbling journey. One of them used to sit at the edge of the marbling tray ready to dip his paw into the powdered seaweed solution. Trained not to disturb the tray when the paint was added he continued to watch the flow of the marbled patterns. Needless to say there were many photographs taken of those beloved cats who became models for the artwork.
The Mandala pieces were created from my practice of meditation. I was fascinated by mandalas with their intricate patterns and wanted to replicate the pattern with marbled fabric collages. A bit more difficult than imagined the idea was abandoned after these two were created.
Commissioned and Speciality pieces always seem to stretch my artistic skill. One in particular, "Asian Butterfly" is on loan from a collector. It started with a gift of the geisha statue which was combined with another favorite image, the butterfly. Another is a collaborative piece, "Heart Center" created with my photographer husband. It is truly a unique, one of a kind, piece for this show. "Dancing the Soul" was inspired by watching a performance of dancers in the Alvin Alley dance troupe.
Offering demonstrations of marbling, hands on "make and take" and studio workshops has been a consistent part of this 30 year journey. I am most appreciative of the many people who have supported and inspired me through their interest in marbling and their desire to learn about this art form. Teaching was one way to keep the art of marbling alive and to share it's joy and beauty.
I hope you get a chance to see the body of work at the Garret Art Museum. The opening reception is July 19, 2019 from 6P - 8P. I will be doing demonstrations of marbling and sharing my stories of this journey. Below are some of the pieces displayed in the show. Some sold. If you saw a particular piece you liked,
didn't purchase at the show but want to see if it is still available please use the contact form in this website and ask.