Tag Archives: assembled art

On the Line

On the Line

“On the Line” is a 4′ x 7″ mixed media assemblage by Heather Brush.

detailThe birds on the wire are made of upcycled antique Remington typewriter keys and key pads, wire, and wire ribbon. The background is collaged of bits of pages from antique children’s books.

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Kodak Instamatic

Kodak Instamatic

SOLD!  8″ x 8″  Kodak Instamatic is an assemblage of images in object form. Iconic of photography, but not quite fitting together, I hoped to illicit a feeling of nostalgia for film.

The piece hangs in display of the past.


By Heather Brush, SOLD from Gallery 108 in Roanoke, VA.

Sweet spot in the box

4″ x  6″   Sweet spot in the box is my assemblage tea version of a Jack in the Box. I always loved the thrill of turning the crank as a young child, waiting for the sproing of the clown to jump up and scare me. Here, I offer a fanciful spot of tea in reminder to enjoy the thrills of life, whether in a moment of reflection in a cup of relaxation or in the little jump we have in reaction to surprise.

The cup and saucer called the shots on this piece. I knew I wanted to do something whimsicle with them. I had the wooden tea box from a Goodwill trip. It is adorned with tea bags, with tea leaves for texture. Inside is an antique hanky. The tea cup and saucer are mounted on a wire spring and move freely as any good Jack in the Box should. The “tea” is made of glass beads. Be careful! It’s spilling over one edge.

In the lid is a finer quality tea bag, filled with more glass beads. And to the right hand side, a metal turn key completes the image of child’s toy.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Time for Tea

Time for Tea

11″ round                                          Time for Tea is an assemblage piece in my teapot series. The plate is a heavy metal, and I love the scroll-like edging of it. The corresponding clock was made in Germany, is an antique and no longer works, but the lines of it are beautiful, the detail in the face and finials make me smile.

Time for Tea

The single serve teapot was found in an antique shop. The simple lines of it called to me. The tea cup is also an antique and is rimmed in 18kt gold. The pouring tea is made of beads, chain, wire and a piece of satin hem ribbon.

Time for Tea

Taking time for tea is not just about having a hot beverage; it is about taking time for yourself. The ritual of making tea and enjoying it, is self-indulgence of the most deserved kind. I hope that this reminder is one that will encourage the viewer to take a moment to love oneself.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

 

 

The Dress Doctor

The Dress Doctor

9″ x 16″  The Dress Doctor is an assemblage that hangs on the wall. Part of a series I am doing that utilizes old books, this piece pays homage to those seamstresses of yore. My grandmother was one of them. The book is embellished with an image of an old sewing machine, much like the one she used.

The piece is created inside of a wooden box top, which is covered in pattern paper. Lining the box is a cardboard box for a vital tool, the hem marker, which is mounted to the side of frame. I love the iconic image of a woman.

The Dress Doctor

I created a wire dress form and mounted it to the side, balancing the image from the front cover. And what dress maker would be able to work without pins? A line of which frames the top corner.

The Dress Doctor

The Dress Doctor

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Singing Praises

Singing Praises

7″ x 15″  Singing Praises is an assemblage piece that truly pulled itself together. All I did was make sure it stayed that way. The hymnal is very old and I love the patina of it. I was flipping through it to find a particular song to pull out and use when I found this slip of paper at the page I’ve used in the background. Look closely at it and you can make out the words “God be.” I envisioned a young child being kept quiet in a pew, her mother giving her the paper and a pencil to practice her writing.

Singing Praises

As I was composing the piece, I knew I needed something more, and wanted a pencil that would point out the image I had of the girl in the pew. I searched my studio and luckily found this Jesus Christ pencil. I’m not at all sure where it came from, but there it was. Still, I needed something more.

Singing Praises

I went to my favorite antique mall, where they know me all too well. While strolling down the last aisle, an all-for-one-price basket of rusty goodness in one hand, I spotted this cross. Even in this very religious area that I live in, this piece is kind of unique. I knew it was what I needed right away. So I brought it home, and finished “Singing Praises.”

By Heather Brush. For sale.

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.