Sunday, May 15, 2011

Last Week in Review

New Work

Dark Companion, 2011, mixed media with encaustic, 36 x 36 inches

This past week I completed the piece above to show in the fall at The Brush Gallery in Lowell, Mass. in POLLINATION: Beyond the Garden, curated by Gregory Wright. It will be accompanied by a work of the same size in paler and brighter colors.

New Sale

Southern Stories, 2011, mixed media with encaustic, 30 x 36 inches

Also last week the commissioned work above was completed and purchased through Arden Gallery.

New Blog

And for my final item in this brief update, I have posted today the fifth entry in my new blog, Art of Bricolage. I am writing this blog especially for the students in my post-conference workshops, "Making Fine Art with Encaustic and Unconventional Mixed Media." My post today was about meaning in art.

Excerpt from the initial post:

Why Bricolage?
Bricolage is a term that is beginning to be used more frequently to describe artworks made from found, recycled or ready-made materials. Such material is usually called junk, but since we are talking about fine art, I prefer to use a term which may be considered the equivalent of "collage" except that the materials are not necessarily paper and they are not necessarily attached with glue. Perhaps "assemblage" is a more familiar term for the process we will be using, but instead of just joining together elements or objects, I want to stress the manipulation of individual elements and the submersion of elements into a completed work.


Laura said...

Bricolage is a word whose time has come, and I'm happy to see you taking it out and dusting it off, Nancy.

Joanne Mattera said...

The dark work is so strong (even if my favorite piece is the red on).

Lynda Ray said...

Love that bricolage word. It sounds like what it is!

Nancy Natale said...

Thanks, Laura, Joanne and Lynda. Doesn't that word just ripple off your tongue? I also think of the long Swiss horns in the ad for "Ri-co-la." Can't you just hear it: "Bri-co-lage."