Peace Meal Art
Lamphouse Photo Co.As a Holistic Nutrition Counselor I worked for years to illustrate what is available to us through whole live foods and ethical eating. I am still deeply passionate about that topic, though I no longer formally see clients. Mixed media art gives me a new vehicle for that same energy. I hope to present the paradox found in whole foods - simple matter layered with meaning and thought - in my artistic creations. Like real food, these works are perfect in their imperfections, heavy with history, ripe for interpretation. I hope they nourish you, make you smile and make you think – the same way real food does.
I work primarily with acrylics on canvas or canvas boards. The first step for any canvas is usually a layer of inherited vintage 1919 Etude music magazine paper (thank you Virginia!) or some other found vintage material. Embellishments might be anything from scrap cardstock to stamp designs to metal bits and bobs. Cardmaking and papercrafting were my gateway drugs to the art world, so my handmade greeting cards will be found at any event I participate in as well.
In 2009, I converted my sunroom into a home art studio. After several years as a Holistic Nutrition Counselor I was needing to devote myself to something spontaneous and playful. There were no expectations, no desires to be an “artist”. My only intention was to distract my overactive mind with paint brushes and pretty colors so I could better hear my inner voice.
Storytelling has been present throughout my life in music, writing and conversations about wellness in my nutrition practice. What keeps me in my studio everyday is the next story I want to tell on the canvas. The girls I create have multi-layered identities, making mixed media the perfect means to bring them to life. In some cases, the underlying layer may not be visible at all, indicating that there is something more going on beneath the surface. I choose to omit facial features or expressions because I want the girls to live always in the moment. Moods change, expressions shift. What they are feeling at any given moment may be whatever the viewer is experiencing.
Most pieces have layers of history in the form of vintage music magazine paper (The Etude 1919-1943 editions). The texture & sepia tones of the paper provide context and personality. I add acrylic paints, inks, stamps, transfers and cardstock as I go. When I have a message rolling around in my mind that doesn’t necessarily match a girl, I give that message its own canvas. For me it is important to include something that has aged, some material which has seen a bit of life, to every piece. Each girl is made up of all her past experiences and all her ancestors’ past experiences. It can be profound to look at our ancestors’ patterns; even more profound to discover those same patterns repeating in our history. As I assemble a piece, I find it exciting to revise and rewrite the story as I go.
I live and create in Ta-Town. If you would like to get in touch do the thing below or tweet me. Follow @veggienut