My Urban Icons have all come home for the time being. The Unique Techniques show was a success (I will post pictures soon), and the Chicago Art show at Natural Elements Salon has officially closed. All told, I sold 64 pieces between the two shows, the absolute best response I have ever received to a series.
Today, a new series makes its debut at Natural Elements Salon. I call this series Angel Art. Full scans of the pieces are below, but take a moment to look at the grouping in the photo at the top of this post. I intended for these pieces to be viewed (and hopefully purchased) in sets.
This series was initially inspired by color. I have previously written about an exhibit at Art Institute Chicago (Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings), where there was a textile piece composed of magenta and silver. I was so struck by this color combination, which would never have occurred to me. The contrast was stunning. I wanted to utilize this effect in a Western spiritual context.
I debuted my first attempt in December, with a piece I created as a gift for a dear friend. Subsequent pieces quickly followed. The scans below don’t show that the vinyl I used for the angels’ bodies is a metallic silver. The text is printed on a rough, cold press paper, and the background is brown corrugate.
Traditional religious symbology often presents angels as bringers of light and wisdom. In these collages, the angel figures are accompanied by words of wisdom. The viewer could interpret the angels as representing human potential, with “wings” that lift us above that which we are today. The quotes gives a glimpse of a bigger, more inspiring perspective for humanity.