Oh, by the way, the Alaska Botanical Garden Art Show Artists got all of their images and information to me (with a few exceptions) and the Show is shaping up GREAT! I can't believe the level of quality that the Show now attracts. When I was putting the brochure together and I was feeling a bit reflective (sorry for myself) because of all the late information and lack of needed details, it made me reflect on why I really like to coordinate the Show. It is because I love to be surrounded by art and artmaking. I love hearing the inspirations that instigated each work and all of the different mediums and forms that artists work in. I'm especially looking forward to the set-up next week because for a short time all of these talented and creative people will be gathered in one beautiful place with all of this incredible artwork and it fuels me to want to volunteer for the Garden year after year.
Friday, June 12, 2009
We hiked up near the base of Mt. Alyeska after dinner night before last. It was an incredible evening. The Swallows were feasting on the bugs, though the mosquitos in Girdwood are not nearly as bad as they are in Anchorage. The "Magic Carpet" kids ski lift sat on grass a few feet off the ground. The chair lifts looked quiet and enormous against the green, summer ground. Hard to believe we were skiing down this mountain just a couple of months ago! Alaska has transformed itself once again. When I think of the incredible changes that Mother Nature does all on her own, seamlessly and most of the time quietly, sometimes it's hard to believe. These transformations got me thinking about how I change the surfaces and texture in my artmaking. How the metal can transform with air, chemicals and rainwater. Lately, if I want a rust patina finish, I've been giving my sculptures a spray of Kaboom (isn't that a great name! I think it's like that towel called ShamWow!) before they get a commercial patina applied. I don't want to think what that stuff does to bathroom fixtures let alone the environment. I know, I know, not very green of me (yes, I do have guilt about that and working with steel in general...). I'm always wanting to change the rawness and rigidity of the steel and copper. The soft malleable clay get fired to hard bisque then a glazing further transforms my clay pieces. No the stress of the Shows isn't getting to me and making me all emotional and reflective, this all just amazes and inspires me.