Ever After, an in-progress image.
This is how I work. I gather everything from around my studio that I think might “go” with the piece I’m working on.
Arrange and rearrange. Repeat numerous times.
Walk away. Let the changes sink in.
Maybe even move the piece into my house so I can look at it in a different light. In a different mood. Get feedback from friends who stop by.
Everyone has a story to tell, art is my first language.
In tribute to all my friends and classmates during our 30th high school class reunion,
Happy Jubilee! It’s been great to see you all and reconnect.
© 2009 Jodie Atherton
Ceramics, watches, barbed wire
15 x 13 x 9″
photo by BHP Imaging
Collection of Wyoming Technology and Business Center
This is one of my favorite sculptures I have made. I have not spent as much time on sailboats as I would like, so whenever I see them, I reflect on the time I have and dream of being rocked to sleep… This boat is made from an old oak planter that fell apart in my yard. The texture of the wood, the blue glass beads from my trip to Turkey, handmade paper rolled into waves and an old silk shirt are just some of the reclaimed items in this piece.
Abandoned and discarded objects find new life in a spinning carousel. This piece laments lost childhoods in a time where modern conveniences outweigh endless hours of unsupervised summertime fun in a seemingly post-apocalyptic collapse of life on the prairie. Derelict yes, abandoned dreams, no.
This piece is currently on exhibit in the Arts Longmont Gallery in Colorado for EcoCreations 7, a national juried exhibition.
Please join me in Laramie for the Touchstone art show and sale put on by the Laramie Artists Project this Saturday, November 15 from 10-5 and Sunday, November 16 from 1-5. I will be exhibiting my new sculptures in room 309. See you soon!