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Weekend Showcase : Ashley Mackenzie (Artist)

16 May

Spotlight

Every Friday, 1 creative, letting their work speak for itself.

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Ashley Mackenzie

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Ashley Mackenzie is an artist and illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. Some of her clients include The New York Times, Scientific American and The New Republic. Though she loves the challenge of creating complex conceptual illustrations and finding new ways to navigate ideas visually she also enjoys making concept art and decorative illustration. When not drawing she can be found reading, playing videogames or thinking about her next project.

 You can find more about Ashley here:

http://ashmackenzie.com/

https://twitter.com/_ashmackenzie

 

 Thank you, as ever, for your interest.

On Monday there will be the final FreeSpace from writer Estrella Azul.  

 

 BE THERE AT THE START AND HELP US MAKE THE VIRTUAL REAL

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14 Twitter poets, 15 Twitter artists, 1 Contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Please do take a look: 

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Weekend Showcase : Jack Morris (Artist)

2 May

Spotlight

Every Friday, 1 creative, letting their work speak for itself.

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Jack Morris

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Old Trafford (ink on canvas)

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Artist’s Statement

“A line is a dot that went for a walk.”
 

So said Swiss-German artist, Paul Klee, and it is a quote which holds great visual and contextual relevance to my work. Indeed, my artwork is dedicated to analysing the subconscious exploration and emphatic celebration of the city, offering a critical yet liberated view on how we traverse and observe the grand cities and their conurbations. The notion that “a line is a dot that went for a walk” is utterly pertinent; it not only connotes the way in which the medium is applied linearly to the canvas, it is also metaphorically applicable to how it traverses freehandedly around the canvas, much as we may traverse a city.

I consider my art to be a form of cartography. However, rather than attempting accurately to replicate what the city looks like, I seek to convey what the city feels like; amalgamating the dynamic, vivacious, exciting and hostile ambiences of the urban landscape and illustrating them upon the canvas. It is a unique form of cartography, a visual representation of the atmospherically rich urban landscape.

 

 You can find more about Jack here:

http://www.jackmorris.org/

http://facebook.com/jackmorrisart

https://twitter.com/jackmorrisart

 

You can see Jack’s collaboration with poet Lucy Quin here  Part of our ‘Supporting Mental Health’ Anxiety/Release Collaboration.

Thank you, as ever, for your interest.

 

 BE THERE AT THE START AND HELP US MAKE THE VIRTUAL REAL

Transformations Kickstarter Campaign

14 Twitter poets, 15 Twitter artists, 1 Contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Please do take a look: 

 Campaign short code

http://kck.st/1i2e721

Campaign Video short code

http://goo.gl/khucJx

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‘Neon Power’: The Journals of Lili Morgan #13 (Emerging Abstract Neon Artist)

5 Dec

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A good while has passed since Lili left her Visitor Peep/’Artist In Residence’ position. Since then she has taken us a long with her via her regular monthly journal-spot. However today, regrettably, is Lili’s last journal entry for us. She’s all set to start off a website of her own as she mentions below. I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Lili for all her spirited and lively journal entries over the past months. And I look forward, Lili, to working with you in the new year on ‘Transformations’ which will be another journey with your neons! Thank you for your contribution.  

Now Here’s Lili:

Sadly this is my last journal entry via ArtiPeeps so before I write anything I would like to say a very big , “Thank you” to Nicky for everything she has done. We will still be working together and we have the exciting “Transformation project” next year, so I will hopefully get to meet Nicky then as well (along with everyone else involved).
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As I mentioned in my last journal, at some point in the new year I will be setting up my new blog. I plan to meet (if possible) artists and do a very personal interview with them. I want the interviews to be relaxed and fun and positive, maybe promoting projects or exhibitions that they are doing. The level of experience won’t matter to me as long as I find their art interesting. The plan is to connect, and promote, in a very positive and fun way!
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And what about me and what I have been doing? Well, I have decided to invest in a trestle table for my art. I want to paint a couple of quite large pictures and I have a couple of different styles in mind. The neons will make an appearance in them, as well as some very bright “normal” acrylics. I will just have to make sure I don’t get paint everywhere as I don’t have a studio and my poor house ends up paint splodged!!
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I am looking forward to doing some painting again. However, it will be after the Christmas period. But it will be soon!
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So that is it from me for now. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. Thank you for reading my journals and I hope you will also read my interviews etc in the New Year.
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Bye, bye,
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Take care,
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Love,
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Lili X

 

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You can follow Lili and her neons on Twitter here:

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Why not also …
  •  catch up with our ‘Writer In Residence’ for October -poet  Lydia Allison and her collaborative project on notions of deformity here.
  • catch up with our last ‘Artist In Residence’ Project ‘Interactions and Intersections’ with artist Kelly Occhiuzzo, You can find out more here, here, here, here and here.
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‘Neon Power’: The Journals of Lili Morgan #12 (Emerging Abstract Neon Artist)

7 Nov

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A good while has passed since Lili left her Visitor Peep/Artist In Residence position but she has now returned once again for a regular monthly journal-spot until the end of 2014. As usual Lili will be taking us along with her on her painterly journey and the development of her work with her ‘neons’.  

Here’s Lili:

Well how the time does fly. I am back once again for another instalment of my journal. I haven’t really been focusing on my painting as much as I would like. Being generally busy,  life takes over, and it takes a very organised person to be able to fit everything in. Unfortunately, I am not very organised and my poor little neons have been in the cupboard more than out lately.
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I did do a little picture which I put in picture frame that doesn’t hang on the wall. I like the simplicity of it. You can see it below. I am definitely going to be going for a more minimal vibe with my painting and I am also going to be experimenting with other mediums as well as the U.V. paints. 
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Little Pic by Lili Morgan

Little Pic by Lili Morgan

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In the new year I am planning to expand on my writing and perhaps find some interesting artists to interview. My little chat with @Alex Chinneck outside his sliding house installation in Cliftonville was so enjoyable, that I would like to do it again. I am thinking of not just doing write ups on established artists, but also on emerging artists as well. As long as they do something that I like, and that I think others will be interested in, then their status won’t be that important to me. I will be on the prowl soon to find some lovely people to hopefully meet and interview.
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Talking of lovely people, myself and Nat Hall have now finished our collaborations with the theme of music. I would like to thank Nat for her very beautiful poetry. It was an awesome project 🙂 Just in case you missed them the first time round here are the links to all our collaborations:  here, here and here.
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Hopefully I will be able to meet Nat next September, as we will both be participating in ArtiPeeps’  multi-form poetry/art exhibition in King’s Lynn Norfolk called “Transformations”. All the poetry and paintings will all be inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. I will be doing a painting about book 2 and I am really looking forward to it. All the artists and poets work will be in an exhibition book as well. Whoo hoo! I really can’t wait for that! I am really excited about meeting and connecting with everyone else who will be there! It will be fab!
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 So on that very excited note, I will bid you goodbye. Hopefully, you’ll be overwhelmed with the volume of new pictures I have painted in my next journal!….Ok, well there may be one or two….maybe!
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 Take care until next time, 
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 Lili x
 

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You can follow Lili and her neons on Twitter here:

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Why not also …
  •  catch up with our ‘Writer In Residence’ for October -poet  Lydia Allison and her collaborative project on notions of deformity here.
  • catch up with our last ‘Artist In Residence’ Project ‘Interactions and Intersections’ with artist Kelly Occhiuzzo, You can find out more here, here, here, here and here.
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Weekend Showcase : Heather Burns (Artist)

4 Oct

Spotlight

Every Friday, 1 creative, letting their work speak for itself.

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Heather Burns

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 The Fence

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I have chosen to share this particular painting after much deliberation, as it marked the start of a very rich seam of responses to images and sketches that came from a long holiday spent in France over the summer of 2009. I made the painting of this and for ‘Lane’,’Chaos Granitique’ and ‘Meadow’ over the winter months of that year and into  the next up to Easter and beyond.

My ‘New Red Flower Painting’ 2013 came from a sketch made on that same holiday. I was surprised at how the paintings just seemed to make themselves and to totally evoke the particular time, feeling and experience of responding to the summer, whether in the sacred space of the lane, or the in the garden of the house where I was staying. I felt that I had come alive again as an artist through this holiday and experience. I was able to time-travel in the winter months through these pieces back to the exact time and place where the original sketch was made. This was a very special feeling for me, a revelation. I had done it before in previous works, like ‘Geronimo’s Window’ of 1989, but somehow thought that may have been a fluke somehow.

With ‘ The Fence’ I discovered I could repeat the experience. The texture of the leaves and the very particular style of French country fencing with its bleached blonde wood, came back into my consciousness completely. This was a wonderful surprise to me. The subsequent works such as ‘Lane’ flowed ever more urgently out of me. It was as if the time in France was made to last forever. The experience of looking at the work brings back the experience in a complete way that I view as a gift from the place. I wanted to share this with you.

‘The Fence’ surprised me when it manifested itself. It was almost as if the painting had made itself before I created it. Just as when a child is born and you think,’ I should have known it was you,’ I felt the same about this piece. It opened the door to so much more. It continues to influence current responses, namely the final piece that I have recently completed in the ‘Medea’ series for ‘Transformations’ for Artipeeps. Recent work may be more raw and abstract in nature, but it couldn’t have come into being without ‘The Fence’

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Artist’s Biography:

My name is Heather Burns and I am a practising Artist and Art Teacher at Clitheroe  Royal Grammar School, Clitheroe , Lancashire, England. I was brought up in St.Bees Cumbria, and attended the Village Primary School, and after that the Grammar School in the next town of Whitehaven.

The village of St.Bees still means home in so many ways, and I have revisited it many times over the years resulting in the series of paintings :’St.Bees Rocks’ which you can view on my website heatherburns.co.uk The red sandstone is so characteristic of the place, and the headland on the beach constantly drew me back.

The sea was always part of my days, especially as so much time was spent exploring the countryside and walking the dog. I always miss the sea, and that sense of something absent is what I am exploring currently with my Lyme Regis painting.

Childhood was spent largely outside playing and dreaming with the sea as a constant presence. I took it for granted a lot of the time, and it is only now when it is no longer with me that I appreciate the role that it plays for me. I can hear the sound of it as I write this for you.

I went to Leeds University to study Fine Art, and travelled to Norway to research Edvard Munch’s work as part of my studies. I was able to see the originals not on display in the store at the Munch Museum, and that memory remains with me to this day. His fluid mark making and uncompromising ability to explore many taboo areas still has an influence on my practice as in my recent ‘Medea’ work.

I then decided to take my Art Teacher’s Certificate at Leeds in the year following my degree. I also got married at the end of that year to the love of my life Tony. My first teaching job was at one of the Village Colleges in Cambridgeshire, and we spent the next three years there. The demands of teaching meant it was difficult to do much of my own work, but I did make large pastel drawings as they were relatively quick, and managed to keep going with some painting.

We moved to Ely in Cambridgeshire in 1983 and my eldest son Patrick was born there. I was very happy in our little cottage and kept going with my pastel drawing, but the demands of motherhood meant that my art took something of a back seat. The drawing I did do I was happy with, and I gradually got enough work together to have a show at ‘The Old Fire Engine House’ in Ely. I had stopped art teaching and was teaching English as a Foreign Language in Cambridge in the holidays so that I could spend more time with Patrick.

We moved to Clitheroe in Lancashire in 1987, as we were missing the hills and I wanted Patrick to have stony streams to play in. I quickly got an art teaching post at the Grammar School here covering a maternity leave. Our second son Simon was born in 1988. I’ve been here ever since.! It’s been a great place to raise a family. The school has also been a significant part of my life, and has a sixth form which I always wanted to include in my teaching.

As far as the development of my own work was concerned, I found a way of working whereby I would explore motifs in the landscape in the form of ‘recce’s’ often with the family, then I go back under my own steam and draw ‘plein air’ uninterrupted, then make my paintings back in the studio.

I had a show at the Haworth Gallery in Accrington, and gradually have managed to build a body of work that represents my interest in a sense of place and the narratives that they hold.

I am moving back to working in oils after experimenting with acrylic. I am finding this exciting as the resistance on the brush and the lush colour obtainable suits my work at the moment. I have learned a great deal over the years from the practicing artists that I have worked with, especially Ian Murphy whose thinking on colour taught me so much, and his uncompromising way of working in the landscape directly from the motif. All this came through my teaching and I am immensely grateful. These things come together to bring me to where I am now.

My work has recently been on show at my brother’s gallery in Askham , near Penrith, in the Lake-district, stuartbroadhurstceramics.co.uk and I am very appreciative of the opportunity to show my work there. It has been a great springboard for me. I am currently looking for a larger venue in the north of England to show my paintings, so that you can stand back to appreciate the scale as several are quite large. I always thought I would do my best work in my 50’s for some reason. My art has always been central to my life, and the need to create will always be there. If what I am trying to say through it can reach folk in some way it will make me very happy.

 

 You can follow Heather on Twitter here:

https://twitter.com/Heatherburns201

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* As Heather indicated, she is one of the 15 artists involved in our ‘Transformations’ poetry and art Exhibition at Hanse House in Norfolk, September 2014

‘Neon Power’: The Journals of Lili Morgan #11 (Emerging Abstract Neon Artist)

3 Oct

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Eight months have gone by since Lili left her Visitor Peep/Artist In Residence position but now she has returned once again for a regular monthly journal-spot until the end of 2014. As usual Lili will be taking us along with her on her painterly journey and the development of her work with ‘neons’.  

This week Lili has been visiting another artist….

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Well it’s journal time again, and it has been a little while since my last instalment. The time certainly does fly when you are having fun!

At the moment, I am doing my collaboration with the lovely poet Nat Hall. The theme for the collaboration is music. This time I have chosen the song, and I will be doing my picture first. Then Nat will put her magic pen to paper, to produce a wonderful poem. I have chosen, ‘Nessun Dorma’ by Pavarotti. It is a very powerful and highly dramatic piece of music, which I personally love. My daughter, however, disagrees and told me it was giving her a headache whilst I was listening to it recently!… Ohh the cheek! I will be finishing my picture sometime this week, as poor Nat has been waiting patiently for it! Sorry Nat I haven’t forgotten!

In my last journal, I mentioned that I was going to be visiting Margate, and that I did last weekend. I had the most fabulous time there! I went there to visit my lovely friend, Michelle, who owns @Deli-o-licious in Cliftonville. She sells the best baguettes, and hot food, in the whole of Margate!…Oh, and the best fish as well! 😉

So, on Saturday evening we decided to do a bit of sight- seeing. This consisted of watching the sea from the terrace of The Rickus bar. It was a lovely sight to see indeed, was the sea! Oh, and they just happened, by chance, to be selling cocktails there as well 😉

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I also mentioned that I was hoping to connect with other Artists during my visit to Margate, and on the Sunday whilst I was there, I was certainly not disappointed. My visit also coincided with the unveiling of the latest project by Alex Chinneck  (@Alex Chinneck), called ‘From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes. Alex has obtained permission from Thanet District Council to use a previously empty house at 1, Godwin Road, Cliftonville for this project. He has literally transformed the front of the house to make it appear as if it has slipped down into the garden. The room at the top is exposed, and the rest curves down with the front door in the front garden. Goodness, my description is pretty rubbish, and you are certainly not going to get any idea of this brilliant installation by my words alone. Here are a couple of pictures that I took of the house.

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That is so much better now that you can actually see it! There is a bit of a story behind the second picture. In my endeavour to get a picture of the house, I went to the side of it. There was a man and a woman standing on the corner slightly blocking my shot. So, being my usual cheeky self I asked them to move. It turned out they were Councillor Iris Johnston (sorry I called you Eileen!), and Councillor Doug Clark (sorry I made you move when you have a walking stick, and you were leaning on the wall for support. I still feel bad about that!) They were both really nice and moved for me. Here is a picture of them, along with Councillor Clive Hart, who luckily, I do not need to apologise to for anything!

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Well, even after I had called Iris by the wrong name, she offered to introduce me to Alex Chinneck himself! Of course I agreed, as meeting Alex was the icing on the cake, and I had not expected to get the opportunity to meet him. Well, Alex was lovely! He was very humble about the project, and took his time to have a chat with me. He even agreed for me to take a picture. Here he is in front of the house looking very dapper indeed!

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Now as I said Alex was very humble. However, I had a little sneaky little look on his website which shows the plans to this project and they are very, very detailed. If you go to www.alexchinneck.com then you can see how much hard work has gone into this project for yourself. It is also worth taking a look at his past and future projects on there as well.

So finally, if you are heading down to Margate, Cliftonville is now the place to go. You can visit 1, Godwin Road to see this amazing piece of art by Alex Chinneck, whilst munching on a baguette from @Deli-o-licious. Now that sounds like an excellent plan to me! 🙂

Bye for now,

Take care,

Lili X

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You can follow Lili and her neons on Twitter here:

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Why not also …
  •  catch up with our present ‘Writer In Residence’ for October poet  Lydia Allison and her collaborative project on notions of deformity here.
  • catch up with our last ‘Artist In Residence’ Project ‘Interactions and Intersections’ with artist Kelly Occhiuzzo, You can find out more here, here, here, here and here.
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‘Interactions and Intersections’: An Artistic Experiment In Collaboration #5 (the conclusion)

3 Jun

Interactions and Intersections

Welcome to ‘Interactions and Intersections’, an artistic exploration of collaboration by 3 artists over 1 month.

Featuring artists: Kelly Occhiuzzo, Sara Mena and Amanda Santos

“Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.” ~Alexander Gorlizki

A couple of months a go I asked Kelly if she would like to take up our Visitor Peep/artist in residence initiative for a month, and we started to discuss the nature of collaboration and connection. As we talked Kelly came up with the idea of online, Twitter-based artists co-creating pieces of art. Passing work, one-to-the-other, and creating something truly collaborative. I then found the artists and what will follow over the next 4 weeks and be posted out on a weekly basis will be the gradual unfolding of 4 new, truly collaborative pieces of art. The project is intended to be experimental, fun, and with an emphasis on the connectivity and the process more than the completed compositions themselves.  

After 5 weeks of passing the ‘Interactions and Intersections’ Project finally draws to a close this week. Each original artwork from each artist having been passed between the artists 4 times.  You’ll find Kelly’s, Sara’s and Amanda’s final pieces below.

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Without further ado, here is Kelly’s final offering which has been passed between the 3 artists for 4 weeks:

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Kelly's Week 5 Final Pass 

I thought it might be pertinent to repeat what Kelly felt about about her experience of Interactions and Intersections

‘Exciting week this was. The work passed was so wonderful,  I had a hard time wondering how to yet again morph it into something new.  But what was the most exciting for me was knowing the experiences the other artists were having,  especially Amanda. When I found out she was still in High School I thought her to be very brave to take this kind of project on. I am excited for her that this is the beginning of her artistic journey and she is not afraid to be challenged. I look forward to following both Amanda and Sara’s work into the future. We will forever be connected by Interactions & Intersections, and of course by Nicky, who so patiently put this all together. Thank you Nicky for providing this kind of forum for creatives to connect and share’. 

In case you’ve forgotten what this piece looked pre-collaboration here’s a reminder:

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Kelly Week 1 Before Week 1 Pass

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And here’s Sara’s Final Contribution which has been passed between the 3 artists for 4 weeks:

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I thought it might be pertinent to repeat what Sara felt about about her experience of Interactions and Intersections:

‘Interactions and Intersections’ was and still is a fantastic artistic experience. Usually we do a picture ourselves, we think about our experience and our way to see the world. While that is welcome and pleasant., doing something with others helps us expand our view and how we see art. I loved this from the start and every week I had a lot of fun doing every image. I appreciate a lot how I was doing my pictures thinking about the other artists, giving them space to work on it and also trying to keep their expression in the pictures. I also like that I was able to use a lot of media in my pictures. I feel like I grew a lot with this. No wonder Surrealists did something similar to this. I suggest everyone do something like this whenever they get the chance. I also want to thank, Nicky, Amanda, Kelly and David for this amazing experience! Hope I can work with you guys in the future. ‘

In case you’ve forgotten what Sara’s piece looked like pre-collaboration here’s a reminder:

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And here is Amanda’s Final Contribution which has been passed between the 3 artists for the past 4 weeks:

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I thought it might be pertinent to repeat what Amanda felt about about her experience of Interactions and Intersections:

‘I personally loved the experience of this collaboration. I loved interacting with artists from around the world through art. With each pass I got to see who the other artists were, their styles, and how those styles contrasted against each other but still worked together at the same time. It was fun to see each piece progress throughout the weeks. Everyone did a fantastic job, because all of the pieces are amazing works of art! This whole process was amazing but difficult, because I am a high school student. May is a busy time for any student, and keeping up with deadlines proved to be a challenge. However, I was still able to contribute which is really rewarding. If I had an opportunity like this again, I would not hesitate to sign up! Thank you to everyone that participated, especially Nicky who kept us all going.’

In case you have forgotten what Amanda’s original pre-collaboration picture looked like here it is:

Amanda Week 1 Before Week 1 Pass

 Overall, this whole project has been an extremely interesting one to watch unfold. As you can see from what has been produced above the quality and artistry of the original start-off pieces has been retained, and enhanced with integrity and care.  I think this project has truly embodied the quote from Alexander Gorlizki that Kelly offered up in such an apposite way in her original post for Interactions and Intersections:

“Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.” 

And if you can’t remember all the other phases of creation you can find them here, here and here

 

 

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