4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Spilled Ink is an assemblage. Newsprint covers a wooden box while a brown antique glass ink jar spills ink directly toward the viewer. The ink is created from velvet, strips of newsprint, beads and string. Words clipped from my local paper demonstrate how the written word is a tool and paintbrush for journalists. I chose the title upon reflecting upon my time working in a newsroom where I witnessed and participated in the bloodletting that is, at times, writing news. It is a fast paced profession, beating deadlines, attacking last minute breaking news, giving the reader what they need and want, all while being precise and direct. This piece is made with all of my journalist friends in mind. Ink is in their blood, and lungs.
By Heather Brush. For sale.
Posted in Assemblage, Literary Influence
Tagged altered art, assemblage, assemblage art, Heather Brush, ink, ink jar, ink well, journalist, newsies, newspaper, newsroom, print, shadowbox, shrine, spilled ink
9″ x 12″ Little Bird is a mixed media work: ink over newspaper collage over acrylic over newspaper on canvas. A Little Bird Told Me.
The text on vellum reads: “The Ability of the Northern Mockingbird to imitate sounds is truly impreessive: some individuals can incorporate over 100 different phrases of as many different birds in their songs. Phrases are usually repeated, often quite a few times, and somewhat modified at each repetition. This species, once thought to be headed for extinction…”
The text below it reads: “A newspaper is a window through which men look out on all that is going on in the world. Without a newspaper a man is shut up in a small room, and knows little or nothing of what is happening outside of himself. In our day newspapers keep pace with history and record it. A good newspaper will keep a sensible man in sympathy with the world’s current history. It is an ever-unfolding encyclopedia; an unbound book forever issuing, and never finished. 1870”
By Heather Brush.