Embellished but empty,These sculptures in the shapes of animals are made of found handmade textiles such as quilts and crocheted items.
"Empty but Occupied" will be a solo exhibition opening in February of 2013. I will be creating a body of soft sculptures I like to think of as containers for spirit. I am hoping to get a Kickstarter grant to acquire the materials to make sculptures that are in shapes of large wild animals sewn together out of handmade textiles. I find the idea of combining opposites in the same form to be compelling. Fusing dualities such as wild/domestic, masculine/feminine, alive/, embellished/empty into one familiar object will hopefully create a mysterious charged form that is both attractive yet repellent.
My hope is to purchase taxidermy forms such as a whole bear form and a panther form and then cover them with handmade textiles such as quilts and tatted items that I find in antique stores, thrift shops and Ebay. Friends and family also give me materials. The surface is then further adorned with beading, embroidery, paint and costume jewelry. Often the worked surface will have more than one layer of treatment. I am hoping the surface will contain the history of not only the variety of hands who made the textiles but also the layers of embellishment I put on the sculpture. Once the sculpture is covered, I take the sculpture off the taxidermy form and then hang it on a specially made support so it remains full yet obviously empty.
I plan to have about 10 sculptures that are large and small in the exhibition. I also plan to have about 15 paintings.
I am also plan to create a booklet to feature this body of work that I will have at the exhibition and use to further promote my art.
Please explore the rewards that I am offering. They will all be handmade and one of a kind.
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Level of the Robin. You will receive a heart felt Thank you in a handmade and painted card.Estimated delivery:
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Level of Squirrel I will send you a large handmade and painted Thank You card and a booklet about me and my work. US OnlyEstimated delivery:
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Level of the Raccoon I will send you a large handmade card that can be framed, a booklet from the show and a mention in the book. US OnlyEstimated delivery:
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Level of the Florida Bob Cat. I will send you a drawn study of a sculpture from the series plus the gifts from the level of raccoon.Estimated delivery:
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Level of the Florida Panther. A small animal sculpture that is made from the materials of the later works as well as the gifts from the raccoon. You will also receive a mention on my blogsite as well as the show booklet. US OnlyEstimated delivery:
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Level of the Manatee. You will receive all the gifts of the raccoon and a larger sculpture of an animal. You will also receive a mention on my blogsite as well as the booklet from the exhibition. US OnlyEstimated delivery:
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The level of the Crawling King Snake. You will receive the gifts of the Manatee plus a 10 minute video of a play that is made just for you. It will feature some of the sculptures that are from the series.Estimated delivery:
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