Works on Cradled Panel a.k.a. glazed collage:
One of the three kinds of work I make are glazed collage. I thought I take some time to talk about how these works differ from my other other art.
The surface that a piece of art is created "on" is called a substrate. Common examples are canvas, paper, and panel. I use a cradled panel that is essentially a very shallow box. I use this because the rigid surface has the ability to hold lots and lots of glaze without slumping and because it has dimension. Using this "substrate" is a way of honoring my sculptural past. I love the heft of the 2" thick sides.
The Surface :
The surface of my pieces is luscious, glossy, and full of depth. I want each of these pieces to appear as if you are looking down into a clear pool of water or solid glass. This "wet looking", glazed surface makes the colors POP, and amplifies the depth creating an interesting optical allusion.
Each cradled panel has 14 plus coats of glaze. Due to the drying time, it takes 14 days or more, to glaze a piece...14 days. When I created the piece for Convention Center, the glazing took a month. Interesting fact: the larger the surface area, the longer it takes to glaze a piece.
The Reason I don't Use Resin:
Years ago, I worked with resin. I was young and didn't realize what the chemicals would do my lungs. After several months of bronchitis due to working with chemicals, my doctor said I needed to quit working with this material.
The glaze I use is a special/ secret recipe that I spent 3 months perfecting. It is water-soluble, durable, smooth, and glossy. When it comes to art making, I always ask myself, is the material good for my body? What would it do to the planet?
The most important part of this is how I compose these piece. The creative tempo is slower….much slower. I try to savor the making…It is all about really exploring and collaborating with the process and the piece. I like to think of these as precious jewels because of all the love and energy that go into them.