I’m doing another guitar this year for their Guitartown ENCORE, but this year I’ve been chosen to mosaic a TEN FOOT GUITAR!!
I’m posting daily photo updates of progress here.
I’ve posted my design proposal here. If you are a regular follower, you may notice that I am not in my regular studio . . . . this giant wouldn’t fit down the stairs and make the turns I needed it to make, so I commandeered my son’s empty room (he’s away at college).
I’ll be posting progress on my Facebook page, and my Flickr photostream as well, if you want to keep up with this fabulous public art project! You can also sign up for email updates from me (up there on the right), or subscribe to my rss feed and get updates in your bookmarks. I hope you’ll join me on this wonderful ride!
Some of you may be wondering how little Waukesha, Wisconsin got to be a Guitartown like Hollywood, London, Nashville, Austin, and Miami. Waukesha is the home (and final resting place) of Les Paul who is considered by many to be the father of the electric guitar. The Gibson corporation thought it appropriate to honor Les’s memory by bestowing this great honor on Waukesha. I’m proud to be part of this encore celebration of the history of music in Waukesha and it’s rich culture in Wisconsin. The entire Guitartown Waukesha project can be followed here.
Most people don’t know that glass is a liquid. It’s a liquid that flows very, very slowly over centuries rather than minutes. When looking at a hundred year old pane of glass, it is clearly thicker on the bottom than on the top, due to the effects of gravity on this liquid.
I like to think that I’m taking this shiny, hard, sharp, liquid and elevating it. What went on around it through its life is now added to my work and my artistic vision. The colors that the glass reflected are now on its surface and changing its character. Viewers no longer look THROUGH this glass, but rather into it.
If you don’t know me, I’m an artist who is pushing the envelope of the definition of mosaics.
I layer glass, I stack glass, I add inks for vivid colors, I add beads, guitar strings, polymer clay, and most anything that strikes my fancy.
One gallery owner calls my work “glass mosaics“, another gallery owner calls them “glass paintings“. You decide. Or add another qualifier. Or not.
Whatever you call them, I’ll keep making them til the deep, deep, well inside me runs dry. . . . . . . and then I’ll find something else fun to create.
Looking for my recent work?
Looking for more traditional mosaics?
Want to see how I spent November 2012?
Below are a few works in progress. I like to have several going at once so I don’t make rash decisions about the direction of a piece just because it’s the only one in front of me.