Monday, February 28, 2011

'INLE' a group art show at Gallery 1988

Greg Simkins & Gallery 1988:LA Present
Over 100 artists interpret the anti-hero of
Richard Adams' Watership Down

Curated by Greg "Craola" Simkins
Opening Reception:
Friday, March 11th

Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 937-7088

Come see my latest woodcut art piece "The Race"

I 'm in the midst of doing a large new body of my woodcut artworks,
and to jump start it - I was invited by a wonderfully talented guy named Greg Simkins -to do my interpretation of The Black Rabbit of Inle- and the story 'Water ship down'. Please Visit Gregs Blog for more insanely great art /info and links: IM SCARED blog.

I honestly remember horror stories about this film & story when I was a kid... and being a Betty Boop lovin' -polka dots pants- kinda girl, & I was almost a bit weary to do the show. But I'm so happy I did. I really got into it, Had nightmares because of the suffocation & bunny battles. But came away with my own story....How we deal with death in our lives.

Thus the Idea for "The Race" came about.

-In this wood cut shadow box/painting-
you see a girl riding her "black rabbit" to the "finish line."

-She's accepted it.

-Behind her - a girl trying to stop it.

-In the back by the sun/ Lord Frith, a girl tempting her bunny to go even faster with a carrot.

I had to deal with feelings about loved ones lost recently & in the past.
This piece helped me understand those feelings, & to notice how we all deal with death differently, and how we accept it as well.
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I know it's a dark subject for such a silly lady...
but it's good to go dark on occasion. ;)

I hope you enjoy my latest piece & also the following photos of the process!

I'll be at the show This March 11th, and I hope you'll join me to enjoy all the wonderful artwork about and inspired by this story....Thanks Greg!

Step 1 & 2: sketch and layout on wood
Then paint, cut and assembly....

Love- mm