Sunday, January 25, 2009

Escape Artist

This is one of my very first "curiollages" from a couple of years back. I turned to this crafty art form after a long stretch of working digitally, out of frustration with the coldness of the computer. I remain entranced by the amazing possibilities of Photoshop, but after doing nothing else for a while, I was desperate for the tactile pleasures of stuff. So this is a sort of self portrait (yes, my torso is actually a used up paint tube! You didn't know?) showing my climb back onto the paintbox & away from the computer monster. (He's made from an old disk & a circuit board, plus paint & polymer clay, with a bit more electronica thrown in there...) Please click for a closer view.

Polymer clay, acrylic, collage & found objects on stretched canvas, 5"x10"

20 comments:

Michael said...

Fantastic piece. I really like the texture you've created and the different elements you've included.

juanpablito said...

once more.. i admire your work... trully an artist!

Ammon said...

Wonderfully done. Great image and great idea.

Bron Smith said...

I really like your first curiollage. I hope to see more on future IFs.

Rrramone said...

That is WAY grooooovy. :-)

steve said...

Love this piece! yes, I hear you there too. I love the computer and Photoshop and have been using it more than often due to time restrictions and being extremely busy. Still, I'm now starting to really feel the urge again to get messy and collage, paint, etc. more.

Cat W said...

amazing piece.. like something from a dream!

Kovács Kriszta said...

This is one of my favorites!! I love it!

tp said...

a beautiful piece of art! im also envious that u got to break away from the comp... last time I tried it I only got as far as the door..

carla said...

This is really unique and very cool! You have such a wonderful imagination!

Barbara said...

Delightful! This is my first visit to your blog - I'll be sure to come back.

Cheers!

Roberta said...

Fabulous...What I wouldn't give to spend a few minutes in that brain of yours!!!

BTW...where do you find clothes to fit a paint tube torso...lol!

Daniel Hertzberg said...

Even with the mixed materials, this still looks so much like your work. Your style is very versatile. And congrats on the KidRobot pieces, those are really fantastic!

barbara said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Yes those seeds are indeed babies - I'll update the image tomorrow.

Brine Blank said...

Absolutely needs to be clicked on...great pic...and I'm with you on the computer deal. Although they have their place nothing beats the hands-on stuff.

The Painted Perception said...

Fantastic work Leah! I've neglected to visit for awhiie, I'm glad to have finally done so since your work is always so inspiring. You have such a great textural feel in your pieces.

owlight said...

wow, i love this illustration! its one of my weeks faves :)

Rachel H said...

Wow - that's fabulous! LOVE it.

Nicola said...

Loved hearing about this fantastic piece. I recently discovered Japanese Nori glue which is perfect for delicate papers. I *love* the paint tube :)

Lisa Evans said...

I love this piece Leah, it's wonderful x