When work has to be done quickly, ideas need to come at lightning speed. That's how things have been progressing with my work for the CARAVAN art exhibition. As a landscape painter working out of my comfort zone, it felt appropriate to utilize a subject near and dear to my heart... trees. With that in mind, I decided that having roots on the form would be a terrific addition. Thanks to Bill "Tex" Forrest, roots are starting to sprout from the sculpture. After the roots are in place, I will be painting the form, and will keep posting the progress. Here are some photographs thus far:
A visitor came to my studio on Saturday, and shared that she was reading a book that postulates that there are only two types of people in the world; those that accept a challenge and those who do not. I never thought of myself as the former. Imagine my surprise when she said, with gusto, that I am the type who rises to a challenge. Her reason for this pronouncement was in reaction to my excitement regarding an opportunity that knocked on my door late last week. I was one of 18 Western artists selected to participate in the CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art.
The 2014 exhibition will focus on Egypt and the United States, and is entitled, "AMEN- A Prayer for the World." The show will include work from 30 Egyptian artists, and 18 Western artists. The exhibition seeks to express the deep, fundamental human acknowledgement of power and hope for the universe, for all peoples. Each of the participating artists are given a life-size fiberglass sculpture. I have included an image of the sculpture design on which I will be working, and am hoping to document my progress. The sculpture will arrive in mid-June. When the work is completed, there will be an exhibition that will be taking place at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. After that exhibition, all the sculptures will be moved to St. John the Divine, the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, in New York City. An auction led by a Sotheby's auctioneer will take place in NYC, and part of the proceeds will help fund a school for under-privileged girls in Cairo. You may visit the CARAVAN website here: http://www.oncaravan.org/ Stay tuned!