Michael’s Bones

Another day, another Morrissey song title gracing the top of my blog post.

Today’s image came out of the same series of class projects as the previous one.  Like its predecessor, this one also explores the possibilities of transparent and translucent materials to create depth.  This time, though, the color palette is expanded and more playful.

The professor had set up a large and very random still life in the classroom.  Only part of it is represented in the picture here.  The assemblage included the spinal column and a cluster of plastic grapes that feature prominently in my piece, as well a slew of other objects.  Legend has it that the school superintendent’s left prosthetic leg was buried somewhere in that very pile of artistic inspiration.

The underlying color in “Still Life with Grapes and Bones” was originally created as a monoprint.  More on that method next time. On top of that wend layers of laminate decorated with sharpie scribbles, saran-wrap, and wax paper.

Realistic drawing or rendering in this work took a back seat.  Instead, “Grapes and Bones” focuses on the interplay of textures, colors, shapes and patterns.  There was also an attempt to create strong visual movement with the vertebrae marching diagonally across the picture field.

This piece was fun to make, and is fun to look at.  It doesn’t carry any sort of deep significance, either, which is nice.  Not thinking is an underappreciated luxury… especially when it comes to art.

Since I can’t even remember what all is in this picture, why don’t YOU tell me what you see…? (click the picture for a larger view)

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This entry was published on February 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm and is filed under Bold Color, Collage, New Mexico, School Assignments, The Artistic Process, Tools & Equipment. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Michael’s Bones

  1. I really don’t have any words to put to this, it’s just something I could put on a wall and look at day after day, I really like it.

    • That is high praise, indeed. I agree there is just something delightful about this print. I think you must be kindred spirit in your love for high-keyed color, based on the work I saw on your blog. I especially love the “The Nature Behind the Song” series. It reminds me of how Degas used to make multiple versions of the same figure, using different color schemes and minute changes pose.

  2. This one is super interesting. I love the transparent texture and the abstractness in the grapes.

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