This is a new mixed media piece, 12 inches by 9. In it you can see a drawing in charcoal, some parts from monotypes I've made, and acrylic paints - all on a wood panel. This is for the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's annual fundraiser, the Oysters on Telfair event.
This is a new altered book I'm making. I've glued all of the pages and painted a background on them. Now I've started on the first page spread with collaged elements. This page is probably complete except for a label identifying the book.
A running background theme in this book is Covid-19, the coronavirus that is wrecking human interaction - and life itself - around the world. I have downloaded some of the coronavirus graphics we're all familiar with by now - I've altered them and printed them on vellum (a translucent paper), and I'm cutting out portions of the images to collage into the book. On this first page spread, you can see a virus on the right hand page near the center fold, either floating or possibly attaching itself to the image below it. Is it just another virus hanging out somewhere, hopefully not doing much, or is it attacking some kind of human organ system? I think you know the answer already, having lived this far.
Just completed, for a special commission. These are quite large vessels.
Above, Dark Vessel with Spout-Spikes, 14.5 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches
Above, Dark Vessel Pierced with Many Holes, 18.25 x 13.5 x 13.5 inches
Above, Dark Vessel - Large with Large Holes, 22 x 16.5 x 16.5 inches
I've been making some thrown cups and plates lately. These are porcelain, thrown on the potter's wheel and painted with underglazes and glazes. They're big cups, holding more than 16 oz. each.
These two cups are going to the cup show at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans. Of course, I made a bunch more in this series, including some variation in shape and leaf patterns.
I also made some plates. These are salad or snack size.
I've just finished an altered book. This one started as a British book about important events in the 20th century, published in the 1970s. Only a little of the book's content survives now, though. I chose the book in a thrift shop in Santa Fe (NM) because I liked the quality of the paper, and it has a sewn binding. It's a nice big book - about 12 inches tall when closed.
I had a couple of compositional themes with this book. First, there are large, mostly original drawings that often float off the left or right edge of a page spread. Second, I used portions of printmaking plates, cut up and glued in as collage elements. The plates are from monotypes, and I worked them on vellum. The original printing medium was water based. I liked how the translucency of the vellum allowed the plate portions to nestle down into the matrix of the gouache mixtures I had already applied to the paper.
The imagery is - various. Plants and animals, sometimes in microscopic views, my clay vessels and sculpture, landscape photos - and a few other things. Snakes are notable - I used my stash of photos of snakes from a teapot project I did several years ago for the Year of the Snake. As usual in my two-dimensional work, objects are presented in kind of a primordial soup of contexts.
I love the way the base of a bald cypress tree will widen out when it grows in a very damp area. This one is standing in Butler Creek at the Phinizy Swamp. The drawing is mostly about my enjoyment of the dark and light interlocking patterns of the cypress tree base and the lush growth around it.
The water is tea-colored because of the presence of tannin compounds from decomposing plants - it's not pollution.
I was looking at a bright green plant with large leaves that was growing directly out of the forest floor near the Butler Creek trail. The light was beautiful, and the leaves were especially 3-dimensional. I added dots to the background - it's part of of my interest in patterns and the idea of a network that everything in nature is part of.
These fascinating green balls are the cones of the bald cypress tree. The surface structure is very subtle - I had to do a lot of image enhancement to even get it to show in this photo.
In the background of the drawing I added a pattern used in lacemaking.
These are photos of the temporary, small installation that I designed for a family camping event at the Phinizy Swamp. Several kids and a mom helped me. We selected a tree just off the boardwalk at the Raingarden trail, we spread swamp clay around the base of the tree, then we gathered and placed 2 kinds of leaves around the tree. At the end we put in a circle of unripe blackberries. The whole thing should biodegrade quickly on its own.
I was looking at a lovely wildflower (weed?) out at the swamp, and was amazed by its delicate structure.
I used some color in this drawing to try to show the structure of the flower.
Priscilla Hollingsworth, artist.
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