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Oceans: Dead and Alive… Guest Blogger: Leslie Christian

January 19, 2018

Level 4 Experimental Research for Art and Advanced Design – Open House / Exhibition Nov. 18, 2017 Class name: Coral

I chose a theme for this course – Oceans: Dead and Alive–based on my desire to recognize and artistically express duality while honoring the elements of art and design. I wanted to work with the effects of knowing that our oceans are at once alive with beauty, life and spirit while at the same time they are dying from pollution, warming and waste accumulation. We live with this duality and can sometimes settle on one side or the other in denial or hope. Somewhere in the middle is the capacity to live with both, and I wanted to work with this tension in my artistic endeavors.

Aesthetically, I intended to create art that embodies certain qualities: simplicity, calmness, repetition, and cycles, and contradiction or surprise. I found myself approaching the work with a variety of emotions—serenity, grief, sadness, and fullness—all of which I experience when I am on or near the ocean.

During the past two years I have enjoyed learning to make several types of paper—Japanese, hand cast, and fiber (silk and flax)—and have incorporated them into my artwork along with various printmaking techniques. I tend to prefer neutrals and shades, and white proved to be an effective element in developing my theme in the context of my particular aesthetic and preferences.

I learned that I thoroughly enjoy construction and assembly of mixed media pieces, especially the combination of stitch, fiber and beading with paper and printing. I look forward to exploring what comes next.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    January 19, 2018 10:29 pm

    I was with a class at the Studio last week, and again enjoyed your work on the wall! Your blog enhances my understanding of the work you created and its meaning to you. Thank you for your thoughtful words and beautiful work!

  2. January 20, 2018 8:54 pm

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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