Well, believe it or not, I'm done. I hardly know what to do with myself, I've been immersed in this project for so long.
The exhibition, "Art-A-Day", will run May 4-29, 2016. Opening night is Friday, May 6th, 6-8 pm at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon.
All three groups, ten of each, have been built, coated with color, slumped and attached to wall hangers. Next I'll photograph each group to use as a rough guide for the gallery folks to use to hang the show.
In retrospect, it was wonderful to be able to dive into a new way of working and draw the experiments out over such a long period of time. What a luxury. I think it was a good idea to build three groups, each group having a similar shape and color palette to help it hang together. That gave me a chance to really think about the inspiration for each group and explore a more abstract color application than I've done in the past. I feel like I can stand on this experience as I push into making bigger, more sculptural work.
It's a little unnerving to think about showing work that's so completely new for me. But how many chances do you get to be brave and stick your neck out like this? It's probably good for my character (which can always use some improvement).
I am finished; I did my best. I will imagine them hanging on a nice, white wall, and sleep the sleep of the just.
I set up my art festival booth in the driveway on a dim day in February (the best I could in the middle of winter - photo above) and grabbed a shot to be used for applying to shows. At that point some of the pieces had not even been slumped yet but I tossed in what I had, to give jury members an idea of the type and scale of the new work. The Art-A-Day project pieces are the rounds and ovals on the back wall and the sail shapes on the right.
Steph Mader is a full-time glass artist living on Whidbey Island in Washington State.