Saturday, December 15, 2007

Claiming the Art





The Midnight Necklace. Make that the 4 am necklace...


What do you think? I have been wanting to do something around the idea of connecting pieces to create more involved necklaces. So this is my first foray... and it was fun. A fun foray. You can see it better if you come by tomorrow. (I tried to model it, but its darn hard to get a good photo of your own neck!)


I spent yesterday making room for my Underground buddies to put their work for tomorrow's Open Studio, and creating spaces for my own. Oddly enough, I really enjoyed the aspect of displaying MY work in MY space. I never thought I had a good handle on display, but I'm learning. I learned alot from the women of Riverside Studios in Truckee; very innovative. Inspired by them, I took a branch that had been part of an old piece I recently took apart, and hung it from the ceiling with my necklaces draped over it. I really like the way it looks. I was thinking of Carole Sesko, who I mentioned yesterday... in her studio space, her art is always out, visible; when you walk in there you really get a sense of who works there, what she's about. It radiates her vision.


I haven't done that in my studio yet. (It's been almost a year in this new space.) Partly because the space is fairly small. (Can I also blame the dust?) But maybe it's mostly that I haven't fully claimed the work as my own. So maybe that's why hanging the earrings and necklaces yesterday felt so satisfying: I get to start inhabiting my space in different way. I think I'm going to leave it out.

4 comments:

cahillmulligan said...

I LOVE the new necklace. I imagine that there is a lot of potential for movement, adding visual interest to the piece...

Bless those night visions, and good for you to actually have the pen and paper ready at the bedside to capture the magic!

Kristen Schwartz said...

I like the new necklace so much! I'll be there soon to see it too...hmmm! (The branch display is really nice also.) You go!

Melissa Lanitis Gregory said...

Thank you both for your input! I'm happy to say that Kristen is the proud new owner of the Midnight Necklace. Thank you, Kristen!

The night visions are a pretty cool thing, aren't they? Except for the resultant lack of sleep! I had to start keeping that pad by the bed; otherwise I have to drag myself out of bed. But once it's written down, I can sleep.

Sanoma said...

WOW!! I meant to write every day, to increase my chances to win earrings in addition to being involved, but snowstorms and life and slow Internet kept me away -- so my reaction to the beautiful necklace is coming after it has apparently been sold -- congratulations and enjoy!! I really love the color combos and the way the light plays on it. And it looks like I got lucky and won the earrings, anyway, so Merry Christmas to me!! yeah!