Applicant Artists: Mixed Media 2018

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Donna Greenberg: United States

Donna Greenberg: United States

WEDGEWOOD WAVE-Mixed Media wall piece

Wedgewood Wave is a new direction incorporating cut paper along with polymer to augment my interest in bas relief and classical craft forms such as decorative plaster work, cameos and even Wedgewood pottery. The piece also pushes past what we usually expect by mixing design metaphors such as realistic clay leaves that transform into classical paper scrollwork and pairing it with clay flora that still feels more naturalistic. Movement and thrust is the over riding theme as the wave of scroll work grows up and out of the bottom leaf forms then lifts off the base, creating a band shell effect and curling into the spray of flora. It’s a tempest that could easily feel out of control but maintains a sense of calm do to the soft pencil drawing techniques and color washes in a limited palette. I also created a hand drawn and painted pattern in the back ground to continue the scrolling wave theme and anchor all the diverse elements.

Wedgewood Wave Materials – Ultralight polymer, Arches cold press paper, Acrylic goache paints, Underwent water color pencils, Apoxie paste, oval stretched canvas base. Dimensions- 13 in. W x 17 in. H x 8 in. D

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Donna Greenberg: United States

Donna Greenberg: United States

TALKING ‘BOUT REGENERATION-Mixed Media wall piece.

Talking b’out Regeneration is an exploration in mixing organic materials with polymer that allows for equal importance between all the chosen elements. Regrowth is the main concept and enduring interest of mine as the organic polymer fungi, lichen and leaf like forms defiantly sprout from the natural woods that are in various stages of transition and decay. Whereas most of my work incorporates organic free form edges, I challenged myself to work with in a classical shadow frame box to see if I could keep the organic flow going while also attempting to break down the very frame, or wall as I began to see it . All the while keeping everything connected and unified. I built the laminated frame then carved and drilled areas to effect a worm eaten quality. The Locust wood panel is very dry and spongy and needed treatment to strengthen it from within. I painted the background flat black to float the natural woven bark paper on and to add a textural segue between the panel and painted surface. Adding polymer elements to the actual front of the frame also aided the regeneration theme as fungi can often be found growing and taking over man made creations.

Materials used- Ultralight polymer, Acrylic goache, carved and drilled laminated wood, locust tree bark panel, woven bark paper, apoxie paste. Dimensions- 12in.W x 17in.H x 2 ½ in D.  

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EvaMarie Törnström: Sweden

EvaMarie Törnström: Sweden

Title: Exploring Energy

Description: The very creative process of this T-shirt was very interesting to me as I learned a lot while I went through a variety of stages with my sketches and my attempts to master the clay.

I knew from the beginning it would be a horse’s head, and I knew it would have a lot of color. In the beginning, I worked very purposefully for several months on various Sami patterns for braids and beads. But in the end, when I peeled off the complexity, simplified and clarified, I landed in something totally different and more stylistic, with inspiration from impressionism.

The intent of this T-shirt is to boost energy and power for the person who wears it. It brings a feeling that you have a lot within you and that you are allowed to let it shine – just like the horse does.

Materials used: Polymer clay, Dark blue T-shirt, hot glue

Dimensions: Height: 64 cm, Height: 64 cm

Linda Leach: United States

Linda Leach: United States

Title: Lotus Garden

The Lotus Garden started with a hand etched copper plate which was used to create a liquid polymer clay veneer that was hand painted using oil paint and liquid clay. Another etched copper plate was created for the lotus leaf and alcohol ink added for color. The lotus blossom was inserted into a copper strip frame and wired to the copper leaf. Peridot drops were encased in polymer clay and attached to the pendant with covered wire. The entire pendant was strung with faceted citrine beads and freshwater pearls.

Materials: Etched copper, Etching Alternative veneer, liquid polymer clay, alcohol ink, oil paint, copper wire, copper strips, Peridot drops, faceted citrine beads, freshwater pearls.

Necklace measures 7”wide x 26” long.

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Laura Tabakman: United States

Laura Tabakman: United States

Title: Mardi Gras

Materials: Polymer clay, steel wire, sewing thread and flooring materials.                 

Dimensions: This configuration is 20″x16″x 9″, but it could be arranged in different ways, changing the total size it occupies.

Description: The piece consists of 16 separate units built with polymer clay vessels (1/2″ to 1 1/2″ tall) suspended with steel wire on a flooring material. The vessels are balancing in away that a small breeze or just blowing on them makes them “dance”.

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Sarah Machtey: United States

Sarah Machtey: United States

Steampunk Pouch Necklace with Removable Magnifying Glass 

The front and back of the pouch are embossed aluminum from a soda can (inside you can see the original red and white exterior) with pearlex powders in liquid polymer filling the low areas to highlight the pattern. The top is a scrap strip of used copper from a renovation, embossed and then antiqued. The sides and bottom are polymer clay (Cernit) with mica powders (Pearlex). 

The removable magnifying glass is a vintage optometrist’s test lens. 

Also various chains, findings, and copper wire.

Approximate dimensions:   

Pouch/pendant 2″ x 4″ x 1″

Magnifying glass 1.5″ diameter 

Length from top of pouch to bottom of magnifying glass 7″ 

Chain 23″ 

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