Thursday, September 4, 2008
This is my gouache illustration for New York City, Real & Imagined, a collaborative book project organized by Julia Breckenreid as part of the Illustration Conference — ICON 5/NYC 08. The hand-bound book showcases original paintings and drawings of each participating illustrator's individual perspective of New York City. It will exhibit in September at Maryland Institute College of Art.
I allowed my inner Dada to come out recently in the creation of this box. I was one of the artists asked to participate in a Dada-inspired art auction recently as a fundraiser for the Salt Lake Art Center. Each artist was given a shadow box and could create whatever they wanted within a Dada theme. To create my concept "Mixed Message" I painted puzzle pieces randomly and put them back together, cut four books and reassembled them to make one, and had an antique mixer "mix" strips of money, book and journal pages, and other collaged pieces. For the sides and top I used collage and painting to create different faces communicating mixed messages.