It all started with a visit to the Desert Garden at the Huntington Library.
Cactii @ Huntington Gardens. Photography/digital color manipulation. 2009
As I was shooting the cacti, these fragile, blue-green plants, the image of a community came to mind, a community that had the desert garden for habitat, where nature functioned thanks to symbiosis. I thought about overlaying the images of the community of cacti –made to resemble continents- on a world map.
Detail World|Mug Project, Digital Manipulation/Photograph. 2009
World Map. Courtesy of Google Image search.
Final Artwork for World|Mug project. Digital Collage. 2009
This became an idea for a customizable mug and pen (image was used in a 3D program to better visualize the result)
3D Model of artwork on mug. (done with 3D Viz/3D Max) 2009
Final design in customizable mug and pen. 2009
Shortly after, I was made aware of a competition for a commencement poster design, which needed to express the ideas of sustainability.
Well, I believe there are no coincidences! The cacti/world project was used in the brainstorming phase and design of the commencement program cover.
This was the final design which won the the Honorable Mention- the letters say ‘water the plants’, and are both a chart and a cityscape:
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Original Munny -image courtesy of forbiddenplanet.com
This was a fun art ‘project’ I did in the Fall.
It reminded me that art should be, above all, fun.
It should never feel like a chore or like “work”. Making a Munny is pure fun, and could be a warm-up for more serious endeavors.
Sometimes, as adults and as artists, it is a great thing to re-learn how to play, to create while being completely unattached to the outcome,
to forget ‘good’ and ‘bad’, and remember that ‘good’ is when we enjoy ourselves.
The results of creating without judgement may please you or amuse you, maybe even delight you.
I bought my Munny at Urban Outfitters, for about ten dollars, and used pencils, pastels and markers.
Munny- Before and After
Munkin (Munny project), Digital Background. 2009
- Munkin at home
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