Wednesday, January 18, 2012

19th Century Floorboards—21st Century Art

Hands Across the Sea—This piece is 36 inches X 20 inches and is painted on two antique chestnut floorboards, complete with knothole in the lower plank. The images are all World War 1 era, consisting of postcards, photographs and even stamps. Superimposed flowers are from digital photos of my gardens. After the images were laid down, there are several layers of thin painted stripes and a few different types of glazes and polyurethanes. I love the way this piece looks, but I also love the way it feels. If you close your eyes, you can't really tell there is any art on it at all. It feels like the beautiful old pieces of wood that it is. It has the lovely feel of well-worn and polished wooden floors. I encourage people to touch my art. Unlike so much of the fine art out there, mine is tactile as well as visual. The outer layers of polyurethanes and varnishes guarantee they will stand up without a lot of conservation.

7 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL JUST BEAUTIFUL. I'D HANG THIS ONE ON MY WALL BUT THEN I'D HANG ALL YOUR ART ON MY WALLS IF I COULD AFFORD THEM.

    I LOVE YOUR ART AND APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK YOU PUT INTO IT.


    THANKS CASEY FOR SHARING.

    GRANNY

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  2. The Great War or WWI boils down to an assassination plot and its aftermath. The chauffeur that happened to survived started one of the most popular companies in the world, Porsche.

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  3. You know a lot about history, Woody! You majored in it, right?

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  4. The tribute to Etta is wonderful, she was a "sanger" as we would say in the south, one who touched the bottom of your soul and then fill your whole body with her music. It was not possible to listen to her and not have your body become part of her. True greatness.

    I see your art and just want to run my hands over it and go back in time with it. Not many artists can make you feel part of the piece. Thanks Casey.

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