Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Monster Post!

For blogging purposes I have traded the convenience of my tiny but slightly crummy digital camera (that fits in my pocket!), for the superior quality of my more unwieldy Canon Digital Rebel.  Check out the color quality.  So worth it!
Here's a peek at what I've been working on for the past couple of days:

The bean plants, snow bunting and moon are painted directly onto the background.  The little drawing on vellum, the button and the luna moth will be sewn on somewhere later on.  Eventually the painting will be cropped like this:

Then I will cut it apart in places, rearrange the pieces, sew some of them back together, and sew on some other creatures.  

I also redrew this image today.  The first version is on the left, the new one is on the right.  I had a little mishap with a pair of scissors and the original, during which I cut all around the edge of the drawing.  It looked way too static, so I drew this new version which better captures the ephemeral quality and movement I was going for.  

Check out the little tendril reaching up for the bars of the cage!  

Here are some new discoveries and delicious pieces of inspiration from the latest edition of New American Paintings (Northeast Edition):

Naoe Suzuki, Splendor of Amazing Boys, Girls and Animals #1 
mineral pigment, graphite on paper
41" x 82"

Suzuki is a Newton-based artist who shows at Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston MA.  I'm definitely keeping an eye out for her next show!

Kako Ueda, Octopus Head
hand-cut wa-shi paper
12" x 31"

Ueda is a NY-based artist showing at George Adams Gallery in NYC.  

Kako Ueda, Tree of Life
hand-cut paper with acrylic
49" x 22"

Ueda's paper-cuts make mine look really, really crude!  Ah well.  I still like them.  And I feel inspired to improve my skills!  Here's a peek at one that I've been working on:

I stained this piece of rice paper with watercolor and cut out the magnolia tree silhouette with an x-acto knife.  I've been experimenting with cut-paper forest images.  I'll post some examples of this work tomorrow.  I've put the series on hold for a little bit, while I dig deeper into some of my other ideas.

On another note, here's another bit of inspiration, drawn by one of my eight-year-old students in Arlington. I can't get over how much I love this picture.  Check out those searching lines and the variety of marks! 


Lisa said...

Kaetlyn - you amaze me!! You are so incredibly talented and see beauty and art in things that most of us take for granted. Thank you for bringing your gift into our lives with your blog. We miss you and love you!! The Lappi Gang xox

Allan Hunter said...

Dear Kaetlyn Wilcox,

I was at the Watertown Arts center show this evening. I didn't realize that there was more artwork in the section beyond the main stairs and so I didn't know that you'd done some work until after you'd left the conversation group. When I discovered my error I was both exhilarated (by your art) and extremely sad that I'd had no chance to tell you so. For the images you've created are both haunting and deliciously evocative.
There was plenty of good and accomplished art in that show, and yet yours delivered strong, original, and engaging images. 'Frog goes a-courting' stole my imagination with its fine interweaving of myth, fairy-tale, and profound psychological truth.
So please excuse me for not having been alert to your achievements when we were standing about chatting.
As ever,
Allan hunter

Kaetlyn Wilcox said...

Thank you for all the words of support!

I love you and miss you too! Now I'm waiting for YOU to start your blog!

I'm sorry we did not get to speak much at the opening! Your book, "The Six Archetypes," looks like it would be right up my alley--I'm extremely interested in intersections between literature and psychology. I will pick up a copy as soon as I can!


allan hunter said...

Thanks for your reply (I'm a bit slow to respond).
Yes, I keep hoping I'll run into you so we can have the conversation we didn't manage to have. It'll happen. I've often observed that art tends to get to the expression of psychological truths way before literature (and centuries ahead of psychological orthodoxy) - which may be one reason I find your work so inspiring.
Best, Allan