Saturday, February 20, 2016


 "Sanctuary" in progress, 15" X 11" X 8"  Lori LaBerge 2016

I had to think about creating sculptural pieces for the July landscape show.  I began to think about my many walks through the woods.  What if during a walk something unexpected appeared in front of me?   Something I could explore in the landscape.  "Sanctuary" is the first result of that thinking process.

The work consists of industrial felt, yarn, thread, beads, copper crimps, a fishing sinker, washers, a bolt and paint.  

 Close-up of upper portion

An opening was created and beads and a sinker were placed inside.  I found that the felt had to be cleaned as it shed heavily when I began work.  I vacuumed and used a lint roller to clean off as much fuzz as possible.  It would be best to use a mask if you attempt this process to prevent breathing in too much felt dust.

 Back portion in progress

As I usually work in 2-D, I finish the back of pieces but don't have to worry about how they are viewed.  3-D presents the added concern of how the piece looks from all angles.  I am in the process of creating a ladder for the backside of the piece.  This will be painted and stitched to the felt.  Fishing lures will be stitched on either side of the top of the ladder.  The above photo gives an idea of how they will be placed.

I have also been enjoying two new books that arrived this week:

Burri's work consists of deconstructing in order to reconstruct in a new way.  His work and time spent as a war time doctor are seen in his method of art.  One can see fragments of burlap and clothing with torn edges roughly stitched together.  The rawness of the work is quite startling at some times.  He also worked with wood, steel, tar and plastic.  The use of materials unexpected to the canvas presents a unique approach to collage work. 

This book focuses on an exhibition of post-war deconstructivism.  It goes well with the Alberto Burri book mentioned earlier and his work is included in this book also. The effect of wars is brought out in these artists' works as one sees battered canvases representing the feelings of the artists as their world changed. These are works that can have a profound effect on the viewer once the context is understood. 

The question "What if?" is one of the best gifts an artist can give him or herself.  Let this question lead you to new explorations in your work and have a great day.

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