The current edition of art revealed today was posed by Betty Busby, who challenged Viewpoint9 members to use unconventional or unusual materials in our work. Sorta depends on one's definition of 'unusual'. My "unusual or unconventional" materials are certainly not that unusual to several of my colleagues.
I have included found objects before, acrylic painted directly on the face of work, printed, dyed. Heck one time I threw a piece of white fabric on my local art centers cracked floor and rubbed charcoal and pencil all over it. Then I poured dye over parts of it and created an interesting landscape. Stitched it. And Voila! It was juried into two exhibits!
Oil pastel is very unusual for my work as I am unsure of its control and I am also wary of it's permanence. So, throwing caution to the wind, I combined it with some other uncommon bits: discharged images and textiles from far-away places. The piece is densely quilted with added hand stitching.
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