Title: Ray of Light
Size: 8” X 8”X 10”
Date: 04 -2007
Materials: Borex culture tubes, glass jars, B.B.s, gold leaf Madonna, multiple hanging devices, wood and, glass.
This piece was done in collaboration with Kristy Cherry, Shepherd University Alum and now printmaking professor. We were invited to participate in the yearly “Box Show” at the Artists’ Gallery in Frederick, Maryland. They give you an 8 inch by 8 inch plywood box and you give them Art. I was excited to work with Kristy and we worked nearly seamlessly right from the beginning. Both of us wanted to do very little to the box allowing it to be a big part of the finished piece. Our work does have some similarities (material choice, collections, display tactics) but the one thing we kind of attached ourselves too, in this our first work together, was our Catholic upbringing. Even this was truly just a way to give ourselves some more guidelines. We both enjoy a good rule, not only to guide us but also because without rules there is nothing to push. Our finished piece “Ray of Light” is a sort of beehive homage to our Queen. Brilliant glass tubes create the almost glowing grid of the comb on the front while the Madonna can only be seen through a special side entrance to her chamber. This makes you contort yourself just for a tiny glimpse of her radiant majesty. We wanted to make the piece almost float out into the room so we devised a fairly elaborate hanging system of glass and metal. This is where our ease of working together really shone. In the final piece not only can you see elements of her work and of my own, but you also see things that are purely “us.” I was so happy to be given the opportunity to work with her and am excited about the chance to get to work with her again very soon.