Be sure to catch the PRINTED group show at PG if you haven’t already!

Check out this amazing show at PG Cafe and Gallery before it’s gone on Friday February 19th! A lot of pieces are still available for sale but since art is often sold INSANELY CHEAP around here, they won’t be for long. Below are just a couple of the zillion amazing pieces in this show to whet your appetite. As you can see, every traditional printmaking technique has been explored here…screen prints, woodcuts, linoleum block, intaglio, clay monoprint (my insane contribution), and a bunch of other cool stuff I didn’t even recognize…GO!

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The Art Vault 3: Moon-Making

an old watercolor and pen and ink by sandpaperdaisy

This is a very old work, back from when I didn’t have a scanner and I had to get my friend to try and scan my things for me on her ancient, horrible scanner or snap pictures of them. …so you can probably guess what’s up with the image quality.

Regardless, this is a watercolor with pen and ink that I made of some sort of goddess or Artemis-like figure with her back turned to us, making moons out of the formless void. I’m very fond of it, and I hope I find the thing again someday! I think it may be somewhere among my things but I don’t even know for sure.

Bait, or the Keyfish!

See that little black fish blockprint on the right? That’s the real-world form of these little guys:

a cute playful fish with a keyhole in its belly is enticed by a key on a hook

As you can see, he’s pretty cute in color too, huh? I’ve intended to use COPIC markers to add color to a few of my “Bait” block prints before now, but haven’t done so. Perhaps in time for the art crawl!

Incidentally, my “keyfish” idea started out with a simple photomanipulation of three objects in my house, a soapstone fish and two pendants from a broken necklace, a big key and a heart-shaped lock. I photographed everything and combined the keyhole with the fish, and history was made. I like this little fella and intend to make some sort of more developed digital artwork out of him!

a cute cheerful soapstone fish with a keyhole in its belly is enticed by a key on a fishhook.

Fenris Devouring the Sun, the rebirth of an old monoprint

this traditional mixed media print depicts fenris the wolf devouring the sun during ragnarok, the norse end of the world.

I mentioned in “The Many Faces of Daedalus” how I liked to re-examine or even re-use old art to try and perfect an idea or turn it into something new entirely. Fenris Devouring the Sun is one of these pieces! The colorful background of this piece is in fact a very old monoprint of mine depicting the Sirens from the Odyssey. I never did anything special with this print, and when I finally pulled it out of my student portfolio a decade later I still enjoyed the vibrant colors but I was deeply unsatisfied with the clumsy linework. Experimenting, I turned the print this way and that to see if a different orientation suggested a new picture.

The results excited me. As the hair and faces of the sirens my lines were wholly unsuccessful, but as the body and rays of the sun and some suggestions of Fenris’s fur, they were perfect! I hastened to design Fenris around the lines I liked from my old monoprint and then soaked the old print in water and printed upon it with black. In fact, this image from the “ABOUT HEATHER” page shows me carving Fenris from humble typing paper with my trusty X-Acto knife. In the background at the far right, you can see my old monoprint too!

heather landry aka sandpaperdaisy working at her kitchen table

Then I continued to experiment, using watercolor, COPIC marker, india ink, just anything I could think of really. The result, I’m pleased to say, took a Juror’s Choice Award at the 2012 DOOMSDAY show! It also got the following comment from the judge:

“Heather Landry’s Fenris Wolf is a high-intensity nod to the near universality of end-of-the-world archetype across cultures.” -Rob Millard-Mendez, juror for the DOOMSDAY show

fenris monoprint and juror's choice award ribbon from the 2012 doomsday show at angel mounds, evansville indiana

So there you have it, a successful makeover of a very student monoprint. Have any of you had good luck with revisiting a piece?

Road’s End

A dissected car with human internal organs shuffles towards the ultimate ending, a maya road totem beyond a precipice

This collage was originally intended for the December 2012 “Doomsday” show on that same date in the Mayan Calender, but another traditional piece depicting Fenris the wolf devouring the sun from the Ragnarok of Norse Mythology got in instead. (Look for Fenris coming up!) Road’s End went on to debut at the PG Gallery and Cafe soft opening in early 2013.

If you took a look through my 2010 Sketchbook Down My Street, you will have seen this same car in a less polished form. I was happy to be able to expand on my idea and do a more finished piece starring the car. I still intend to do a lineart version.

I envisioned a car with a human set of internal organs for my story “Sacrifice” examining the emotions I feel whenever I drive past a cross by the side of the road. The car is full of meat and organs which are of course, very vulnerable and subject to injury and destruction in a car wreck. Thinking of these tragic circumstances always reminds me of a passage from the Maya Origin Legend the Popol Vuh, about the death gods (Wing and Packstrap I believe) who determine that some people should die upon the road. I end the story by comparing the sad little road crosses with their touching floral tributes and stuffed animal offerings to a Maya totem containing the road (depicted in Maya art as a ribbon with footprints on it).

a dissected car filled with human organs hovers above a road cross and an article about a car crash

two demons or lords of xibalba emerge from the parts of a car engine, resembling something from a painting by hieronymous bosch

wing and packstrap from the popol vuh ensure people's death upon the road

And this is their domain: that people should die in the road. Then there is death in the road and suffering whether one is coming or going. And this is their domain. -Popol Vuh

a maya totem depicting a road shown as a ribbon with footprints on it along with a road cross and stuffed bunny erected as a tribute to a fatal road accident

The next story in the book, “R_VE_ _” also opens with the theme of the road demanding a sacrifice, this time an accident with a dog I witnessed in my childhood.

a car chews up a helpless dog in this, one of my most disturbing and vivid childhood memories.

I plan to do “R_VE_ _” properly as a black and white comic for an upcoming collection of one-shots including The Ruby Machine and The Stone Squirrel!

Chordata 5 and 6

Two views of a turtle, created by gluing hundreds of bits of paper onto a painted wooden board.

These lovely turtle skeletons (or Chordata 5 and 6 as I uncreatively call them) debuted in my November ’13 “Patchwork Dragon” solo show and have since been sold. They were very fun to make and consisted of hundreds of small individually cut pieces of paper glued onto painted wood. I used a damaged art print for the brilliant colors of the shell.

They will not be the last turtles I make! I hope to have a turtle or two in the works for the upcoming Art in the Wild group show on Saturday April 5.

11/4/2014 EDIT: Took me longer than I wished, but yes I am currently making a black-skeletoned turtle for the Patchwork Central Holiday Art Sale this coming Saturday! He looks pretty neat so far, I hope to have him done tomorrow.