Nature After Mr. Monk's Heart
Sculpture - Watercolor On Hand Wipes
3D Yellow Iris sculpture created from hand wipes and watercolor, by Conni Schaftenaar
This was one of my two submissions this year to the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts 2019. It was juried in and was on display at the Fed Gallery in Grand Rapids from late May to late June 2019.
This is the first time I've done anything like this, but I had such fun doing my other submission, which involved 3D flowers and butterflies mounted on a painting, that when this idea came to me, I pursued it. I experimented with rice papers, tissue paper, and a couple of other things. I was talking to my friend about the relative appearances of each when we were traveling in St. Paul, MN. We were in a restaurant in our hotel and our server heard some of what I said and commented, "try facial wipes".
I actually had some hand wipes that had dried out, so when I got home from the trip, I tested them, and liked the effect. The leaves gave me fits - so tall that it was hard to get them stiff enough to stand upright. I solved that problem by buying a notebook with clear plastic covers and cutting out a leaf shape from the clear plastic and putting my green-watercolored hand wipes over the shape and gluing them together. Finally, it worked, only 2 days before the submission deadline! Caused me some sleepless nights!
The title came to me because I love the TV show "Monk", with the finicky detective who hates to come in contact with "nature" and is always demanding "wipe! wipe!, wipe!" from his hapless assistant after touching anything he deems icky, like anything from nature. So how better to provide Mr. Monk with a touch of nature that doesn't threaten his equilibrium than by making it out of hand wipes?
February 2021 Update: This Iris sculpture is on her way to her new home with my fellow FAA artist Laurel Adams! She is a total nut about irises, and I felt she would provide my beautiful yellow lady with a happy home! Laurel's quote after receiving it: "This is the shining iris star completer piece to my iris room!!!"
Honorable Mention Tie in the What's the Buzzzz - Surface Choices contest, March 2021
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Mixed Media Art, May 2019
Beauty in Art - No Photography, May 2019
Vertical Images, February 2021
Amazing Irises, February 2021
May 7th, 2019
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