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Artist Confession #7.14.16-
It's finally taking shape.
My most beloved building in Loveland is the muse for my next collage. This rundown, dirty and controversial building has brought me so much joy, love and inspiration.
I am thankful for this building for so many reasons.
This building absolutely pushed my artistic boundaries.
This building made me question how I could work really hard on an art installation, but would my work hold up? Art critics are one thing, but feisty raccoons, feral cats and ghosts were another!
This building provided the most lovely creative spaces that I have ever had the pleasure to work in. Gallery lighting and crisp white walls cannot even hold a candle to the environment this building has showcased over the years.
Sentimentally, I'm honored knowing my heart light was known as its beacon.
But most importantly, this building is the reason why I crossed paths with some of my most dearest friends that I will ever have in my life. Each participant on this trip will forever be linked.
The Loveland Feed & Grain really lived up to it's name because it has continuously fed my creative soul over the years, and for that, I will be forever grateful.
Loveland is known for being a city with heart and art. Between our art community and our loving namesake, Loveland encourages and celebrates spreading love and good vibes.
Loveland Letters was established in hopes people from around the world will send postcards to our designated PO box to be collected, posted online and then displayed in an upcoming, public art installation. This Facebook page will feature photos of the mail we receive as a way to share people's artwork, messages and musings. Not an artist? Not a problem. Missing a lost loved one? Write it on a postcard, hug it and then mail it to us. Want to share a positive message that may impact a stranger's life? Grab a brightly colored pen and write a handwritten good vibe message to be shared with our Loveland Letters community. Each anonymous postcard will be collected and then later be displayed for public viewing.
What a fun day being a face painter for the Multicultural Children's Carnival hosted at Colorado State University. So many happy kids offering up their cutie face cheek for fun designs. The Denver Bronco logo seemed to the crowd favorite for the day.
Every 2nd Friday of each month is the night where Loveland celebrates "Night on the Town" The town is buzzing with many art-loving patrons hopping from gallery to gallery and enjoying all the downtown business. As an artist with studio space at Lola's Fresh Patina, I keep my studio open to welcome visitors who wish to catch a glimpse of how artist's work. I would be lying if I said this is my studio's natural environment. It looks very similar to this only with A LOT more half empty cups. I can't help it! I collect beverage cups while I work.
I believe I was trapped under something VERY heavy, and could not reach my computer. My apologies.
My name is Kerri, and I am an “art hugger”
When I work on my artwork, I tend to work on a smaller scale. I have tried to paint on giant canvases held up by an easel, but it’s just not comfortable. My brushstrokes feel weird. And if they feel weird, then I think they look weird. I don’t mind “weird”, in fact, I embrace it regularly. I just draw the line here. I make weird art. I just need comfy, weird art. Does that make any sense?
I have a great and exciting idea I have for my next new piece. My canvas is primed and ready for painting. I can hardly wait to cradle it in my arms like a little, baby animal holding it lovingly and making sure every little detail I add is placed where I think it should go. It looks like I hug my canvas when I paint. Most artists don’t paint like this. I like knowing that as I literally hug my canvas. It think it means I’m adding more love into my work, and I think it shows.
I currently work part time at Barnes & Noble, and have worked there for 8 years. I love my job, even though I only work one or two slacker shifts a week. Plus the discount is great. When I have downtime at work, I like to search Book Master for interesting titles, subjects, authors etc. The most common of my searches is: “Jim Henson, Kermit, Muppets” and one book always comes up… “The Muppets Make Puppets” by Cheryl Henson. Sadly, this book has been out of print for at least a couple of decades. Bummer.
Today I decided to make a trip to the thrift shops to look for material I can use for my upcoming installation project. I wasn’t very successful at the 1st thrift shop, so I headed to Arc to see what they had in stock. Nothing at Arc was catching my eye, so I cruised around and made a stop at the book section. As I walked past the bargain table that was set up with several large boxes filled with miscellaneous titles, I saw a pair of very familiar googly eyes peeking at me from over the large hardcover book in front. I got excited because they were the same king of “googly” as my favorite pair of googly eyes who only belong to Kermit!!! The book was “The Muppets Make Puppets” complete with all the Muppet making materials still in the plastic bubble! “Googly eyes included!” Music to my ears! It was destined to be mine!
Earlier this week, I made a trip to King Soopers for groceries. I went to the fish counter and bought 2 lovely Halibut steaks. I asked the butcher to shrink wrap them on a tray so I could freeze it for later use.
Earlier today, I got an email regarding an upcoming art show that I am really excited for. My head had thought of so many more ideas since I had submitted my concept sketch, and I have been thinking of ways to improve or add to it. One of these ideas was to add a parasitic critter to my piece, but I was having difficulties deciding what kind of parasite to make him. I literally was thinking about parasites all day. I even texted my veterinarian friend with “In your professional opinion, which parasite do you believe to be cutest?” She must be busy because I never received a response.
This evening, I decided we were going to have those lovely Halibut steaks for dinner tonight. They had been thawing all day. I fired up the grill and started to make dinner. I went to cut through the plastic on the meat tray and I saw this little thing….like a little squiggle… like a…OMG! It’s a WORM!!!! Literally laying on the tray a wiggles distance away from the halibut. This can only mean he was still alive when the fish was being frozen!!! Then he made the decision to jump ship or jump flesh to avoid his icy death. “Parasites, it’s what eats your dinner before you do.” And with that our appetites also died along with the once wiggly parasite.
I would love to spend this time and hate on the little worm, but he did have perfect timing. I guess I don’t have to make that decision on which type of parasite I should add to my art installation anymore. The winner is this parasitic worm named Steve, or so said the name tag he was wearing when we met.
The Sculpture Games
Next week, I will be competing in the 2nd Annual Sculpture Games at the Loveland Feed & Grain. This is my 2nd year competing, and I am excited to be joined this year by my 2 good art buddies on a team called The Rabble Rousers. I recall last year’s experience was a little awkward for me since I was normally a 2-D artist and was now in a competition with some heavy hitting 3-D artists. I was not intimidated by my competitors because they were big name-fancy pants artists in our town, but more by the realization that I had not actually built anything in years. This was quite awkward for me since I was in an event where we built art out of literally junk! There’s hardly a way to fully prepare yourself, your ideas or hopes when you are faced with a giant heap of junk and then be required to chose items or materials in hopes you can somehow juxtapose the items and call it art!
I had an idea of making an owl creation of some sort and ended up making a white trash tribute piece. The finished product ended up being made from an old deer head from a wicker Christmas lawn decoration, a hubcap, bottle caps and Minnesota license plate. I was asked several times throughout the day “Why a Minnesota license plate?” Well, because it was the only one I found in the trash heap. You got to use what you can find and try not to be too picky.
There was a benefit to being a one person team at the end of the competition since we were all asked to carry our pieces to another location so they could be auctioned off. I got to simply pick up my wicker deer head trophy and carry it to the location; while the other artists and teams had built monstrous metal creations and now had to figure out how they were going to move their sculptures. I may not have won any prizes that day, but I did get to see my creation auctioned off to a good home.
This year I hope to have fun building with my team mates. This is such a cool and unique event, that I hope it draws a good crowd. Either way, I know I will have a blast!