."...and I just can't hide it." This is what I have been singing lately. It's a song from the '80s by The Pointer Sisters which I had mostly forgotten about until recently. It captures how I have been feeling lately. I keep expecting someone to pinch me and I'm going to wake up from this dream.
The first happy part is that I started a new job this week doing the type of healthcare policy and analytics work that I love doing with great people and the ability to telework full time!
I was also able to finish an art piece in time to submit to Jane Dunnewold's virtual exhibit and catalogue:
Inspired by Archetypes: Work from the 2022 Creative Strength Training Members
And then the part that got me singing again is that my artwork is on the cover of the art catalogue!
I agonized about how to make this piece and then how to photograph it. Mom helped me cast my face in paper-mache to use to make a face mold several years ago. I've been pondering the idea for this piece off and on ever since. The opportunity to submit a piece to the "Inspired by Archetypes" exhibit gave me the deadline that I needed to get to work. Initially I tried shaping polyester around the face mold with steam heat. For whatever reason, it wasn't working so then I tried Powertex, a fabric stiffener, on a sheer chiffon silk. Thankfully that worked after a few tries trying to figure out how to do it best.
Once the piece was finished, I realized that I had no idea how to photograph it. The background is a mirror covered in the sheer chiffon silk. Somehow I had to capture how a person looking at the piece in person would see their reflection in it. My son, Tyler was bribed with something for Nintendo to be in the photo. Trying to get a wiggly model to pose the way you want him to when he just wants to get back to his Nintendo game is tricky. When we were done with taking photos, he asked me if he was going to be famous. He also asked if I am famous. Go figure.
Please check out the amazing virtual exhibit here: https://issuu.com/janedunnewold/docs/cst_archetype_issuue_2022
My piece is on pages 114-115. You can even buy a copy on Amazon should you want to have a copy in-print!
...and if you need some "creative strength training" check out Jane Dunnewold's online program: www.janedunnewold.com/cstonline