The Point

The Point “The Point” Cotton, polyester, snaps. 20″ x 20″ (open). © Allison Green 2012 Softbook presenting the similarities between different domains of science. The segments represent (clockwise from bottom): astronomy, neurobiology, botany, cellular biology, genetics, crystallography, chemistry, and atomic physics. Alternative triangular shape, opens flat to hang. Digitally printed and composed using scanned acrylic samples and text from vintage science books. Included in a testimonial on the NBCCD website. The Point detail

Burning of the HMS Iapetus.

This acrylic painting is currently hanging at the Isaac’s Way art auction. It was made by the boy that I like to call mine. I am quite fond of it and wish we didn’t have to send it away. Ah well, there will be more. In fact his father told us the other day that there is an un-built model ship with his name on it, from when he was a kid. Can’t wait to see that. Hope he doesn’t set it on fire…

For your interest, Iapetus is the Titan of Mortal Life. He is father to Epimetheus (meaning hindsight), Prometheus (meaning foresight), and Menoetius (who died in a flash of lightning).

You are the grand HMS Iapetus and your main sail is aflame.
You think about the hundreds of men you carry in your belly and the scores of cannon you hold on your flanks.
You ponder your terrible might as a proud ship of the line and all you can think is what it would be like to be a whale. For even just one minute.
To slip beneath the infinite ocean.

-Warren Steeves

Playing in goo.

Thought I would share a few of the more interesting textured ground samples from a couple weeks ago. They were made in preparation for my nursery rhyme series. I am really very taken with these techniques. Have lots of plans. Warren is wanting to try it out and I am so excited to see what he will come up with.

The basic method is that you rub a bunch of goo on sheet of heavy paper, and then you muck around in it. After it dries you mercilessly rub on layer after layer of acrylic paint. You just keep messing with it until it looks interesting. The trick is to have very little intention. Just go with the flow and the result is impressive. And make sure you’re covered in colours by the end.

The piece above is just gesso and the pointy end of a pick-comb.

This next one is acrylic gel with plastic mesh like you would use for filling a hole someone punched in your wall. There’s collaged photo in there too. When the paint dried I peeled up some of the mesh to leave white lines.

For this next kind you need a printing press. You dip a piece of watercolour paper in water, pat off the excess, then head over to your press. You put down a piece of matboard, then a few flat-ish items (in this case metal sheep), then your wet paper, then another piece of matboard. You wheel the whole sandwich under the press, and voila! Perfect imprints.

This one is just several layers of newsprint and gel with water. You crumple up your paper to give it texture and then collage it onto the layer below. As many layers as you want. Very thick tends to have a leathery texture. You can tear your paper into strips for a different look.

Then we have a glove stuck in gel. I rubbed paint over it and the peeled up the glove after it had dried. Reminds me of gardening.

These next two are made with a comb, this one with gel….

…and this one with gesso. It reminds me of stucco ceilings, or frescoes. Also the beach. Someday I will do this to an entire wall.

I learned this next method at a “Mixed Media with Maps” workshop at the CSEA conference this year. You put a bunch of string down, then soak some thin paper towel in gel and water, and press it down over the string. Put on a bunch more gel for good measure.  Rub over it with your fingers to get out all the air bubbles and accentuate the string.

There’s a whole slew more where those came from, but you get the idea. Fun with goo is addictive, be prepared to shirk your other responsibilities.

One goes up while the other comes down

The saltscape city has crumbled into the sea, but I’m sure it won’t be my last fling with crystal-making.

The show I took part in at Gallery Connexion, called “The View”, came down today. It was mostly for students at my school. I had a few pieces in it that I made last year while taking the Foundation Visual Arts program:

The piece below is a ceramic lizard eye. The nice lady who runs the gallery told me it looks like a vagina. Go figure.

This one is a cross-contour pomegranate I made from pen and ink in my first ever drawing class. One of my prouder moments.

This is a piece I made for art history, inspired by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. It is probably the largest painting I’ve made, and includes gouache, acrylic, acrylic gel, and copper foil. I painted it from a photograph of my very lovely and patient boyfriend, Warren. He is not quite as creepy-looking in real life.

The next thing I have on tap is the textiles show at the college. The poster was finalized this week. Perhaps a little more pinky than I would have chosen, but certainly eye-catching. It reminds me of a fairy tale landscape.

It`s going to be a beautiful show. I am lucky to be in a small department with exclusively talented people. It raises the bar for my own work and they are a constant source of knowledge and inspiration.

Having a little trouble deciding what to put in. I can submit three pieces for consideration. My paper quilt is a given, and I`m working on a mixed media nursery rhyme collection I have high hopes for. Other than that, either my digitally printed pillow, my dino screen prints, or my blimps and balloons pattern croquis. I`ll post them up here this weekend and you fine people can help me decide.