Thanks to Ann Bagby for the stamp in the work above. My intent was to include as much of the Ikon experiance as possible. All the mandalas have a rubbing as their base that was taken from a manhole cover in Mystic CT.
All of these are 2 years late for the handmade portfolio made in WI in 2012. There are more to show here but these 4 are all composites of papers from WI and CT with some odd bits thrown in because it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. 10 artists get together every year in different parts of the US to make art using a variety of materials, yes, it's pretty much like dying and going to heaven! I'm glad to finally get these belated projects done!
If it's a mask archive/portfolio, you've got to have a mask as part of the contribution and this is it. Collaged text, dictionary illustrations, lace thingamabobbies, tissue and eggshell.
And a mask archive certainly wouldn't be complete without a nod to James Ensor. His work looks as though it might have been painted yesterday and is more than a century old. After reading about him, I had to commit his graphic ideas to muscle memory :
The faces/masks were drawn and painted with watercolor using Ensor's work as a guide. Yes, I copied Ensor and I'm glad I did it!
One became a journal entry and one became.....itself. Some collage in each, but it's mostly watercolor. I really have a thing for watercolor, just not the kind with all the complicated techniques. Not that those don't look fabulous, I swoon over Sam Francis, Holmer, Burchfield, Demuth.....it just drives me mad to attempt all that. So I putter, and this is the result. Puttering is gratifying.