Monthly Archives: October 2011

Remember Your Dead

Dead, Dead, Dead!

” An exhibit of small works exploring various cultural responses to death as a passage. Artists will include Chico Harkarder, Amanda and Tom Cockrell, Heather Brush, Claudia de Franko, Brian Counihan and others. The gallery will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

Special events:
October 24: Writers Read, 7:00
November 1: Dia De Los Muertos, 5-7:00
November 2: Films – The Dead, Departures, 1-5:00
November 4: Art By Night, 5-9:00″

At Liminal: Alternative Artspace in the new Community High School of Arts and Academics in Roanoke, VA.

I answered a call for works that explores the cultural understanding of death, for the show above, Dead, Dead, Dead! in honor of the Day of the Dead. I’ve long been a student of spirituality and spirit, in answer to losing family and friends so close to me. My exploration of ghost and beliefs was my response to needing answers about what comes next, if the spirit does exist after our physical death. This show seemed a natural for me to complete works for.

Through the Veil

9″  x  6″  Through the Veil is the first piece I created for the show. An assemblage, utilizing found and created objects, it addresses the reaction to the death of a loved one and what we might do in attempt to continue to communicate. It depicts a sign through the veil, with use of the ouiji board. To the left are three common “signs” people tend to take to heart: a bell ringing, a penny showing up in odd places, and a feather that falls into our path.

Through the Veil

The box is created from an old ouiji board game, covered in cheese cloth on the outside. A brass fixture piece is a portal where spirit can enter to communicate. A brass hand hovers over the planchette, giving energy for spirit to call upon. What will the message be?

Through the Veil

 

Through the Veil

The Day of the Dead is supposed to be a time to remember your dead loved ones. One of the traditions is to partake in a candy skull representing that person with their name and relevant decoration. The candy skull has become a symbol for the holiday of remembrance. I knew I wanted to use this image. I also wanted to address the feeling we so often have, that death comes to those we love at the random quirk of fate. And so, this piece was created:

When Your Number's Up

8 1/2″  x  16 1/2″   When Your Number’s Up is an assemblage piece, pulling together found and created objects to form a new piece of art. In this case, the base is a wooden drawer, covered with vintage Bingo cards and sealed with an aged patina. The top of the drawer is garnished with Bingo number chips. The metal ball cage was found at my favorite Goodwill store and houses my depiction of candy skulls, each numbered and ready to be pulled out of the game. The hand of fate turns the crank.

When Your Number's Up

 

When Your Number's Up

 

When Your Number's Up

I hope to see many faces at the Dead, Dead, Dead! show and events.

Artworks Through the Veil and When Your Number’s Up are by Heather Brush and are available for sale.

 

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Fancy That!

Fancy That!

9  1/2″  x  4 1/2″   Fancy That! is an assemblage sculpture in my tea pot series. This little copper teapot caught my eye at my favorite antique mall, but the sweet little tea cup was found at a thrift store. I love the pretty salmon color inside the cup and the vibrant blue outside. I could imagine drinking a spot of hot tea from this vessel, pinky held high. Together the piece brings to mind an afternoon tea picnic, under a tree with a sweetly scented breeze blowing.

Fancy That!

Assemblage art is enjoyable to me in that it allows me to bring together found objects to re-create something new and unigue. If a piece opens the mind to a feeling or pleasurable reaction, then it is sucessful. Here, a little bit of fancy might bring a smile to someone.

Fancy That!

By Heather Brush. For sale and available at One Block East Gallery in Roanoke, VA.

Refined

Refined

9 1/2″  x  4 1/2″    Refined is an assemblage sculpture in my tea pot series. The pieces were found at local thrift stores and my favorite antique mall, pulling themselves together in my mind. The “tea” is made of beads, chain and wire. Refined evokes a feel of precise and purposeful tea sipping, to me. Delicate yet strong.

Refined

 

Refined

 

Refined

By Heather Brush. For sale and available at One Block East Gallery in Roanoke, VA.

Tea Cones

Tea Cones

11″  x  5″  Tea Cones is an assemblage in my tea pot series. I love the lines of the piece from the ball on the tiptop to the conical cup, which is actually an antique disposable paper cone cup holder. The piece in between was a candle holder but serves as a liaison between pot and cup.

Tea Cones

 

Tea Cones

 

Tea Cones

By Heather Brush. For sale and available at One Block East Gallery in Roanoke, VA.