Every fall the Salem Arts Association puts on a show in conjunction with and inspired by a show at the Peabody Essex Museum. This year we are all in a tizzy because the show is Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest! Organic, mechanical, fluid, dynamic… awesome!
I am proud to say that my piece, Origins, is in the show and was awarded an honorable mention.
The show will be exhibited September 17- October 17 at the Salem Arts Center with a reception on September 26 from 4-8 pm.
This was a really fun piece to create because I knew that I wanted to work BIG. I had created a small prototype for it which I had donated to the 5×7 event at the Salem Theater Company last February. I have been obsessed with undersea life lately and was inspired by not only Strandbeest but by images of sea squirts:
I began by creating the large outer structure on a yoga ball and the smaller structure on a small playground ball:
As the larger structure was felted down in was then shaped around a medium playground ball:
Next I lined it with a layer of green wool mixed with green silk slubs for texture. I then began creating the supports that would suspend the nucleus inside of it- it seemed like a million tiny Ys at the time. These connection stages caused little bits of green to migrate through the cream-colored walls and created a really cool aura-type of effect! I am so excited about how it turned out and I cannot wait to create more like it…