•November 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment
powder formed glass
In between casting (glass) and glass painting experimentation (reusche) I’ve been revisiting fused glass powder formations, and building up various sizes. My plan is to experiment with turning these now flat forms (some are slumped) into 3 dimensional hollow forms that, will eventually fill a room. I imagine them hanging from the ceiling and standing off walls. Depicting Algal blooms, and how they effect the environment good vs bad- also known as HABs.
Meanwhile, one of the kilns at the studio is down for the count. I’m hoping it is just the relay needing to be replaced… it’s been running great for 8 years! Anyways, this kiln currently not operational means using a smaller one, which equals moving ahead slowly. BAH!
Fused glass powder
The glass powders I’m working with are Reichenbach. Last year I purchased a bag of R-22 powder and figure I’ll just use it up creating Algae forms
I’m also playing with Bullseye Opaline. I lurve Opaline glass!
Thanks for looking!
•November 20, 2013 • 8 Comments
Today’s daily prompt asked artists to show perspective.
Before receiving and reading my daily prompt I was well into my news feed over at Zite where a particular article grabbed my attention: Religion harms society: my recent speech at The Oxford Union by Michael Nugent (I’m sure there’s no relation to Ted)
I’ve shared a link to Nugent’s page as well as his speech (via YouTube) below.
There’s a huge ongoing debate (?) between creationists and atheists (science facts/theories vs religion). There have definitely been moments where I’ve felt atheists such as Richard Dawkins are coming off just as crazed and intense as any religious fundamentalist. That said, I am NOT a creationist, or believer in any religious denomination, however, I don’t necessarily have any issues with people believing in a god or a plant or an element as long as they keep these beliefs to themselves, and don’t impose them upon others (plants or animals: human or non!). Sadly, this is rarely the case.
While perspective often has to do with the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.
In this instance I’m posing perspective as a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.
I’m hoping you’ll read or watch Mr Nugent’s motion, and share your perspective here or on his page.
This is video and script of Michael Nugent’s speech at the Oxford Union debate on 7 November, where he proposed the motion That Religion Harms Society.
You are asked whether religion harms society, not whether religion also does good, and not whether other things also do bad.
BTW, I think Mr. Nugent’s speech is brilliant!
•November 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment
The future is here, it’s just unevenly distributed. – William Gibson
My war pony is a Batavus Personal Bike. Taking me from point A to point B, grocery shopping, picnicking, going to shows, vending, Ikea runs, et al.
I don’t wear a helmet. Primarily due to the fact that up until August 13th this year I had dreadlocks. Amazing, crazy, down past my arse, dreadlocks. Seriously locating a bike helmet that fit my head was damn near impossible. Men’s Xtra large didn’t even cut-it.
Now I no longer have dreadlocked hair so, the helmets I do own are HUGE, to say the least.
Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone else, I give you the future:
The bicycle is a tool to change the world. If we use bikes AND travel safe: Life will be better for all.
Design students Anna and Terese are badass!
Now, skedaddle over to the Daily Post and see what other artists have to say about the Future or how some people view their About pages in 10 years.
Thanks for stopping by!
•November 4, 2013 • 4 Comments
Few things in this world have the ability to grab, and hurl me into other dimensions like music.
Music, or what I consider music, has always affected me in a truly visceral manner.
As a child I loved to read stories with a ‘soundtrack’ playing. For instance, visuals of Moominland in Midwinter will forever come to mind when Isao Tomita’s Snowflakes are Dancing album plays. My surroundings grow chilly, the smell of pine smoke lingers in the air, glistening, the sensation is immense!
Then certain music brings about ASMRs (Autonomous sensory meridian response), a sort of sonic tonic where I am completely lost in the moment, images opening up around me, memories flooding in… some people’s voices have had this affect on me though, few I’ve always counted these individuals as important -people I must get to know-. I mean, wow! When a voice has such power there’s got to be something to that, yes? That said I could count on one hand the people whose voices hold the ASMR trigger ability. Like Frank Herbert’s Bene Gesserit they have, The Voice.
Music continues to influence my artistic growth and practice, carrying me away to otherworldly realms, bringing me into the Zone. The majority of which falls into the ambient, electronic and classical genres, nowadays I create my own soundscapes to accompany installations, and new bodies of work.
For more inspiration and to check out how music and sound affects and inspires others please, visit the Weekly Writing Challenge: Moved by Music. In the words of Dr. Ronald Chevalier, “..let your harvest begin.”
•October 27, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Last night, or early Sunday morning someone in a dream asked me, “…why aren’t you wearing black?” I looked down at what I had on, it was purple (I never wear purple) but responded, “…I will be (wearing black) soon.”
I walked away concerned as to whom I would soon be morning.
Later upon waking I sadly discovered that Fin, a friend’s dearly beloved feline friend had passed. Left the planet.
Just ten minutes ago when logging onto Facebook I discovered Lou Reed passed.
My thoughts go out to Laurie. Big hugs!