Monday, October 31, 2016

Face the Light - Assemblage

For my birthday this past summer, I spent it in the beautiful Virginia countryside. I stayed at a nice Bed and Breakfast, and visited a beautiful vineyard on top of the Blue Ridge mountains. This town also had this pretty good size Antique mall. Being an assemblage enthusiast, I had to peruse this Antique mall. I found several cool artifacts to make assemblage art. I found an antique door plates, knobs and faucet. The door plates and faucet inspired this assemblage piece.

This assemblage piece, was kind of like a statement. So this is what it means to me...see when we are born, we are expected to contribute society (work, pay taxes, have a family, follow norms). Were all expected to feed the machine (society), so that future generations will continue to survive after we are gone. The water drop shaped human faces are coming out of the faucet (being born). The faces attached to the light bulb, represent us feeding the machine. There is an apothecary bottle with mica flakes inside; this represents each of our contributions to society.

How it's made

The box is a cigar box, which has been stained and altered with Walnut Stain liquid and Inca Gold Guilder's paste. I used my found objects from the antique mall and resin pieces and metal embellishments from my stash. Everything has been altered with black, brown, raw umber, sienna and yellow acrylic paint. All these colors give a rust look by using a dry brush technique. I also used Inca Gold, German Silver and Copper Gilders paste. A lot of Assemblage artist usually don't paint on the found object (they like keeping it real). I felt compelled to alter my accouterments to give it an even vintage, metal look (I'm a little OCD this way). Everything is being held up with Apoxy Clay, strong glue and wire. The ruler is a real vintage ruler, not altered. The faces are made from Polymer clay, which have been painted with Silver and Inca Gold Gilders Paste. The apothecary bottle contains gold mica flakes.

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