Thursday Trash Bubble: Full Head, Big Life!

The Colgate toothbrush package used for today’s Trash Bubble had been floating around the studio for some time. I hung onto it because its chambers appealed to me, as did the color. I mean, who doesn’t love a little metallic red?

I was going to remove it from its place of honor and put it in the Trash Bubble drawer… (Yes, there’s a drawer!) but then I read the small print, “Full Head – Cheek and Tongue.” Immediacy struck. I gathered a few things and got to work, never mind that there were more pressing things on my plate.

You know me and my literal translations… there just had to be a real head in there! If I’d have had a doll head that fit… but alas, we ended up with a gentlemanly skull, complete with startlingly blue eyes. He’s sporting a Monopoly top hat for the occasion. A Full Head, indeed!

As I carefully threaded the bits on the metal rod, it occurred to me that most people whose brains are full and active are known to lead BIG LIVES, lives of purpose and contribution, lives that are full and rewarding… this guy is no exception. It took me a while to locate the “BIG” bead I’d found on the ground outside a local craft store, but I persisted because I had one of my famous preconceived ideas that are difficult to shake. I backed out the rod, added the bead and a “life” sticker to the old, red, star eraser that served as his chest and began to reassemble the whole.

Full Head. BIG life. Cheek & Tongue.

I very nearly changed the “&” in “Cheek & Tongue” to read “Cheek IN Tongue.” I’m glad I left it alone. It seems funnier somehow… and I’m fairly certain folks will still get it.

There you have it! My process for this particular piece is fairly close to that of other Bubbles I create. Granted, there’s a little more planning, a little less spontaneity in some of the others, but generally speaking, this is how I work.

If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy next week’s Monday Mail Art Call. I will be issuing a call for Trash Bubbles created by YOU, my readers. The call is in preparation for an upcoming exhibit; Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash. Be sure to check back for the details.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: PAIN 2

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This week’s call is one that really appeals to me. I can’t help but think of the song, “Sucker for Pain” by Suicide Squad.

We all experience pain, at one time or another, in our lives. Some of us experience it more frequently than others and there are many different levels of severity to consider. This call asks us to draw on pain we have experienced, either physical, or emotional to convey a visual depiction of it. It asks us to share something intensely personal with the world in hopes of making a lasting impression on the medical students who will view the exhibit. If you would like to be an instrument of change in this area, read on for details.

 

The Hoyt Gallery at the USC Keck School of Medicine presents “PAIN2”, a mail in art/postcard show featuring images depicting physical and mental pain.   PAIN2 will run from September 1 – Oct 27, 2017

Our hope is that PAIN2 will give medical students a visual representation of what their future patients will be going though.  We want them to see their patients as people, not just symptoms.  We need you to draw your personal pains.

Deadline for submissions is August 30th, 2017.

PAIN2 is open to all visual artists worldwide.

Artists retain rights to submitted works, but grant Hoyt Gallery the rights to digital reproduction of their submission(s) to include on the Hoyt Gallery webpage, and PAINARTSHOW Facebook page.   www.facebook.com/PainArtShow/

Artists may send their pieces by postal mail to this address:

Pain

C/O Curriculum Office

Keck School of Medicine at USC

1975 Zonal Avenue, KAM 200

Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA

All work should include Artist name, email address, and info on type of pain depicted.

 

My apologies for the quick turnaround on this one, I only just learned of it.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Thursday Trash Bubble: PINK!

June and July have been restorative and I am back in the studio creating Trash Bubbles with giddy abandon as I prepare for an upcoming exhibit.

PINK! is a piece that began with a literal interpretation of itself. I believe that this packaging originally held a few sample size bottles of Victoria’s Secret products.

It now contains all manner of PINK goodness….

Appealing to any young girl with a love of Princess Pink, this Trash Bubble is not to be mistaken for a child’s plaything.

The texture-rich interior can be glimpsed from both ends, as well as through the front and back.

The creation of PINK! delighted me at every turn, despite the fact that pink is far from my favorite color. My hope is that you are able to find some level of enjoyment in it as well.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: The Distance

For those of you who were looking for these posts and haven’t seen one since June… I sincerely apologize. I mistakenly thought that I had scheduled MMMAC posts through July. A brain fart, I suppose. I am hoping to remedy the situation beginning with today’s call.

The direction of visual arts of the secretary for culture of the province of Santa Cruz summons visual artists to participate in a mail art exhibition in October 2017 in the city of Río Gallegos. Those interested should send one or more works related to the topic “distance” via postal mail to:

SECRETARIA DE ESTADO DE CULTURA DE SANTA CRUZ, COMPLEJO CULTURAL – RAMON Y CAJAL nro.52 – RIO GALLEGOS (ZC 9400) PROV.OF SANTA CRUZ – ARGENTINA

The works will become part of the heritage of the secretary and will also be published on his website. Also, the following information must be attached: name and surname, ID Mail (email) and postal address. Deadline September 1st 2017. Size: 10 x 15 cm In any technique.
Queries to muestrasartesvisuales@gmail.com

Prof. Malena Malbrán
Directora de Artes Visuales de la Secretaría de Estado de Cultura de Santa Cruz.

Sec.de Estado de Cultura/Complejo Cultural Santa Cruz Ramón y Cajal 51-Tel. 02966 420606 muestrasartesvisuales@gmail.com 

Distance. How near? How far? The expanse in between… When we think of distance, we are usually thinking in terms of how far X is from where we are currently located, the distance between two points. I would venture to guess that we think of distance in this manner one or more times a day. But what about the distance in a relationship? The distance in one’s thoughts? An athlete’s distance?

As always, participate if you feel inspired to do so. Deadline: September 1, 2017

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!