BOWER BIRDS

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Artwork for the 'Bower Birds' exhibition at Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, USA.
It is a postcard exhibition celebrating the art of collecting, curating, and personal artifacts.
Postcards and prints are available here: shop.lightgreyartlab.com

graphite on paper, digitally coloured



I've always been attracted to (natural occurring) textures, lines and detailed forms. Collecting is second nature to me, and choosing one for this artwork wasn't easy. I collect porcelain, carnivorous plants, tights, pop-up books, but my oldest collection is my jewelry. It started with a small bracelet with 4 lady bug charms on it that my dad gave me for my 3rd birthday. I treasured it in a tiny enamel box in the shape of a turtle, that soon became too small for my collection.

I collect it all, from a €2 ring with rabbit ears to a golden one with a big spinel stone, and love to take things home from my travels. I found a silver sea urchin pendant in the Galapagos Islands, a small jade ring in Thailand and a scarab bracelet in Egypt. Vintagey stuff, with natural stones and nature inspired or asymmetrical shapes are my favorites.

 

fig. 1.Magpie Jewels

fig. 1.Magpie Jewels

fig. 2.  Process

fig. 2.  Process

fig. 3. Process

fig. 3. Process

It started with a small bracelet with 4 lady bug charms on it that my dad gave me for my 3rd birthday. I treasured it in a tiny enamel box in the shape of a turtle, that soon became too small for my collection.

fig. 4. The Bower Bird exhibition

fig. 4. The Bower Bird exhibition

fig. 5. Postcard close-up

fig. 5. Postcard close-up

fig. 6. Postcard, 90 artists participated, amongst others Sarah Barnes, Trisha Previte, Lydia Guadagnoli and Lindsay Nohl

fig. 6. Postcard, 90 artists participated, amongst others Sarah Barnes, Trisha Previte, Lydia Guadagnoli and Lindsay Nohl