Friday, September 18, 2009

The kiln is packed and inching upwards to cone 6. It took awhile, but finally the mess of pieces started in Vancouver has straightened itself out...I think...into five different "tableaux". Above is the hymnal I'm doing for Sherry & Marcus. It is the vintage Baptist Broadman hymnal, but in this version it meets the Beatles. Alongside a couple of favorite hymns are "Let it Be" and "Here, There, and Everywhere"....with art adaptations that also tinker with the sacred and the secular: Matisse, Geertgen ton sins Jans, Gericault, and Rublev. Painting those itty bitty lines of music was a pain in the body part that sits too long in the pew!

The other four pieces all involve art supplies. "Chlora's Writing Box" (the typing paper box and lid, with Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles, Gauguin's Arlesiennes, and sketch of "Christ in the Garden of Olives" is also in the kiln. ) This one will warp and probably split, as box forms usually do...arrgghhh, so here 'tis before the fire does its thing:

Next to the box is the coffee can with Klimt's Kiss on it. It'll be stuffed with implements for painting, sculpture and writing, so it is called "All in One" perpetual quest to integrate the three art forms. This may turn into a lamp with a finial that looks like Michelangelo's Pieta....see below. I don't get to copy sculptures often, and that was really fun, reminding me of my first trip to Rome in 1968 when I bought the big replica. Back then you could get up close to the art and I almost touched the hem of the Virgin's robe.

The pencil case, modeled after one I still have from the third grade, became separated from the idea of rock-paper-scissors, which then has become a piece of its own. The pencil case, with God the Geometer (in previous post) has a rash of measurers, separators and connectors. The Rochambeau is a Big Chief tablet (torn corner will have Rubens' sketch for the Judgment of Solomon), plus a rock with Courbet's Stonebreakers, and the most delightful huge pair of scissors painted after the Dallas Museum of Art's Matisse cut-out. Then all around those items are scads of paintbrushes, pencils, ceramic tools, etc. We will see tomorrow what sticks to the shelf, warps, blows up, cracks, and/or loses its color!