Thursday, June 19, 2014

Westchester Biennial 2014

Two of my original collages were on exhibit at the 9th Westchester Biennial at Castle Gallery in New Rochelle, NY. I was one of 29 artists selected (from a group of 100 applicants) by an impartial jury to participate in the exhibition. Night Sky (pictured) and Montauk are inspired by my memories of summer and being outdoors. When I collage I review my materials, break them down, then reassemble them into a story or mood I am trying to express. I use an archival support and recycled papers, so there is very little waste. You can view my collages in my online Gallery and ETSY shop.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Papier Mâché Mask

This past year I have challenged the students I teach by introducing them to a wide variety of art mediums, techniques and projects. I pushed myself as well to come up with new ideas and make what I teach relevant to my students. I am excited about the results I have seen in my student's work. Recently one of the students I teach one-on-one made a Papier Mâché mask. He is a big fan of fantasy and made his mask to look like an alien. Layers of newspaper strips coated with a flour and water mixture were applied to a balloon. The eyes, nose, mouth, and ears were created using scrunched up newspaper and secured to the mask with additional newspaper strips. Once the mask had a sufficient amount of layers it was left to dry. After the Papier Mâché was dry the balloon was popped and removed. With a scissor my student cut the balloon in half (vertically) leaving two perfect halves. One mask he used an additive process - added extra paper to make the features of a face (above). The other half was a blank mask waiting for the eyes, nose, mouth (with sharp teeth) to be cut away (subtractive) with a box cutter to reveal another mask.