"When trying to explain the meaning of ones art, it can be said that one is "painting their life", that they and their art are one. My ideas emerge from my own reality; expressing my beliefs and ideals and exposing my truths.
"My art falls in the category of mixed media/assemblage, which for me means, anything goes. There are no boundaries, no formal rules on execution of materials. In a blending of objects and media, assemblage invites exploration and experimentation. It is completely suited to my collective nature, where I can do whatever it takes to express an idea, evoke a mood or convey a concept. My work is a study of textures, patterns and color--the combination of elements that intrigue and surprise the viewer. This process begins with the search and ends in a story.
"My passion has always been art, from the earliest I can remember, whether it was making crafts at summer camp or a clay mask in sixth grade. I love what I'm doing! I love going to that unknown place and surprising myself with the result. There's always that moment when I know a piece is finished, but until that moment, there is no clue when it will happen. My studio is overgrown with stuff: hundreds of objects, photos, books, ideas saved in various forms (bird wings, scraps of metal), boxes full of secrets and boxes waiting to be filled. Assemblage requires having inspiration and ideas around all of the time, always invading my thoughts. These thoughts and ideas come together in a single statement. Like my obsession for collecting, traveling and exploring, my art becomes a part of that process."
Sea of Life
Mixed media on canvas
24" x 24" x 3"
Not for Sale
2007 Brenda Marie Hood, and Larry and Sherry Kaseberg Awards