Flux

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.

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The show will be exhibited September 17- October 17 at the Salem Arts Center with a reception on September 26 from 4-8 pm.
FluxThis 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:

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As the larger structure was felted down in was then shaped around a medium playground ball:

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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…

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