Arizona Road Trip will be shown at the Artery, opening reception Friday July 7, 6-9 pm.
A couple of months ago, the women’s painting group I share space with at the The Artery decided to do a July group show based on the theme of “heat.” For awhile there, I thought I might have to pass on this one, as the only existing piece I had was too big for the space. But one day, going thru my collage drawer of sketchbooks and cut out words, it all came together! That’s the best way for me, to let a piece present itself in the process of looking at materials or subconsciously sketching or painting. If I force myself, the resulting work usually gets painted over or destroyed before it’s finished, as I lose interest or dislike it, unless it takes on a life of its own and feels “right” again. I was glad that something came to me in time to be in this show, because it’s a fun group of women to participate with. I will be showing in the group’s space again in November.
The piece is a collage of a 70’s era vintage map, my doodles, and acrylic paint and ink. I chose a plain, fairly dark, oak frame for it, that has a slight Western feel that works well with this piece. My family moved to AZ in the 70’s so I was really thinking about that as I worked. The move was welcomed, but I never had idyllic thoughts about the state or living here. It just felt like home, warts and all, and humorous pokes at it usually amuse me. Of course, later on as an adult, any time I got to go on a road trip with friends or my husband Brian, junk food was a must, so I knew a can of cheese balls had to be in this. I haven’t been on a real road trip since going vegan 5 yrs ago, so the next time will have to be a vegan version, but otherwise not much has changed. I still look at the cactus, wildlife, and people, and imagine my own scenery and events.
The piece will be for sale, ($200). I have two more in progress on the theme of road trips or the West, also on vintage maps and the same size, but not necessarily about “heat!” One hot piece this time of year is enough. We have had temps over 115 for days, it officially was 119 one day this week. But that’s good weather to sit inside and sift through my collage stuff.
The Artery (Studio 6)
625 E. Indian School Rd.