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.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


"Roundabout Ahead" in progress,  19"X 29"   Lori LaBerge  2016

There is a saying that from 30 feet a piece of art should grab your interest, from 3 feet it should tell a story and from 3 inches there should be interesting details to see. I'm hoping I met the challenge with this work.  The boldness definitely shows well from 30 feet and the arrows along with the white road lines allow the viewer to draw their own story from the piece.  The details can be seen below.

 Sari ribbon was added in the turquoise section for variety in texture.

 Close-up of colors seen in the gray.  Purple, blue and pink show up here.

 Large metal washers being sanded down so paint will adhere.

A hammered copper was chosen for the washers.  They will be stitched to the work when dry.

Try applying the 30-3-3 idea to works you see in museums and other venues and have a great day.

Saturday, February 6, 2016


                                  "Still Standing"  8 1/2" X 24"  Lori LaBerge  2016

Seven pieces for the July landscape show have now been completed, except for framing, and there are seven more to go.  "Still Standing" is meant to give the viewer the feeling of standing in front of a large tree before entering the woods.  I always love the mystery of where the path will lead me when going for walks.  The work was done partially outdoors and partially from a sketch and notes.

I started planning out one of the three sculptural works yesterday.  Here is how its going:

Supplies were brought out to make a mock-up of the piece.

Foam board was cut and stacked to determine fit and size of the work as the piece will be displayed on a gallery pedestal.

Once the design with foam board was decided on industrial felt was cut the same size as the boards.  I had to do some figuring as the board was 1/4" and the felt was 3/8" (do we ever get away from math?).  The piece will be 15" long X 11" wide X 8" high.  Next, decisions will be made as to how to create the landscape throughout the work.

The weather here is beautiful for a woodland journey.  If yours is the same, enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and have a great day.