Trilobite Arts

Cutting Things Up • Gluing things Together

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Conception stages: a cigar box piece about skeletons and body parts. How to give it depth (physical and metaphoric)?

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Initial text and image selections for my piece “QualiQuantitative.”  Might bring in musical notes too.

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Cornell’s work is the kind of art that I aspire to. He mixed objects and papers in a way that suggests, not demands, connections. Even after all these years, he still suprises me.
angeliqueflan:

Joseph Cornell
“Shadow boxes become poetic theaters or settings wherein are metamorphosed the element of a childhood pastime.”

Cornell’s work is the kind of art that I aspire to. He mixed objects and papers in a way that suggests, not demands, connections. Even after all these years, he still suprises me.

angeliqueflan:

Joseph Cornell

“Shadow boxes become poetic theaters or settings wherein are metamorphosed the element of a childhood pastime.”

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One

Cigar box with velvet, paper, and wooden figurines.  2009

Unlike the other numbered boxes I’ve created, “One” personifies not a literal but  metaphorical “one.”
 
The objects in the box are open to interpretation — are the figures on the bench male or female? Are they friends, family, or lovers? Who is the woman in the center and what is her relation to the couple? The pierced heart, the sharp tacks, the reoccurring circles, and games pieces can all be read as one might interpret a set of tarot cards or an open palm. Is this “one” about being alone, being free, being one with the universe?
 
Feel free to spin the wheel.

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Box 9
2009

Vinyl-covered box with metal, cardboard and rubber.
 
Box 9 celebrates the tension between order and disarray, predictability and surprise. For me, the cancelled check filing system speaks of a joyless, if necessary, pragmatism while the frogs embody spontaneity and freedom.


After affixing several frogs inside, I felt bad banishing them to a world of cancelled checks and calendar dates, so I gave them a pond. May we all aspire to our true homes. 

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These chapbook and postcard stands were part of a 2010 Resurrection art show at the Canyon Gallery here in Boulder. It highlighted usable objects made from found materials. My work  featured scrap metal and aluminum cans. If you sniff your screen closely, you may smell the aroma of Mackerel Buffet.

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Devotion [or Violets]2011 Cigar box with stone, metals, paper and other materials Devotion [or Violets] is anchored by a hand-written page from a Plant Analysis journal kept by a woman named Minnie Vedder 114 years ago.  The page shown is from the index, in which she faithfully recorded species of violets and trillium she saw in Tamarack Grove in New York State in May 1897. Because violets are traditionally associated with fidelity, this box invites you consider  loyalty and devotion.  I chose objects that raise questions about fidelity: Is true faithfulness slow to arise? Are we bound to the people or practices we choose? Can we, like lichen, achieve something greater by intermingling our life with another? In the interior of the box, words of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s appear: “I am the least faithful when I most am true.”


Devotion [or Violets]
2011
 
Cigar box with stone, metals, paper and other materials
 
Devotion [or Violets] is anchored by a hand-written page from a Plant Analysis journal kept by a woman named Minnie Vedder 114 years ago.  The page shown is from the index, in which she faithfully recorded species of violets and trillium she saw in Tamarack Grove in New York State in May 1897.
 
Because violets are traditionally associated with fidelity, this box invites you consider  loyalty and devotion.  I chose objects that raise questions about fidelity: Is true faithfulness slow to arise? Are we bound to the people or practices we choose? Can we, like lichen, achieve something greater by intermingling our life with another?
 
In the interior of the box, words of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s appear: “I am the least faithful when I most am true.”

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Bright Blight2012
I created this piece for Spark’s “Guilty Pleasures” show in February 2012.  It’s about long showers, wasting time, prescription drugs, bottled water, and local gelato, but mostly about plastic and how plastic is pretty and easy and cheap and ends up in the stomachs of marine animals. How disasters like the Gulf Oil explosion and the Exxon Valdez are connected to our craving for cheap and light containers. It’s also about greed and yet it is also, to me, joyful and exuberant. So, I guess it’s also about conflicted visions.

Bright Blight
2012

I created this piece for Spark’s “Guilty Pleasures” show in February 2012.  It’s about long showers, wasting time, prescription drugs, bottled water, and local gelato, but mostly about plastic and how plastic is pretty and easy and cheap and ends up in the stomachs of marine animals. How disasters like the Gulf Oil explosion and the Exxon Valdez are connected to our craving for cheap and light containers. It’s also about greed and yet it is also, to me, joyful and exuberant. So, I guess it’s also about conflicted visions.

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