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Woodpile Tree

Woodpile Tree

18 1/2″  x  21 1/2″   Woodpile Tree is an assemblage piece in my tree series. Old dominoes make up the tree, hence the name “woodpile” from a term used in the game for the pile players take their pieces from. Also known as the “boneyard,” which I like better, but since the dominoes are not of bone, but of wood, I chose the more proper term. The box was a partitioned shadowbox, which I renovated and lined with a greenish blue paper to give a bit of color.

Woodpile Tree

Woodpile Tree

Woodpile Tree

Woodpile Tree

Among the old dominoes, I found one hand made replacement piece. I love the look and feel of it and rather than it being lost among the branches of the tree, I felt it needed some attention. It sits at the base of the tree, adhered to the magestic box frame. The work can be hung, or stand alone.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Slow Rider

Slow Rider

7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″  Slow Rider is an assemblage carrying on my series of fairy tale and fable pieces. The Tortoise and the Hare is an Aesop fable that has been retold many times. Here, the hare hitches a sleepy ride atop the tortoise.

Slow Rider

The pair trudge through the forest, complete with trees created from moss and sewing pattern paper. The wooden box is lined with bits of an antique childrens’ book, complete with a wonderful illustration of the story.

Slow Rider tree detail

One of my favorite parts of this piece is how the found objects came to me. The stoneware tortoise was found at a Goodwill and I tried to think of how I would create the hare. Some weeks later I had the urge to go to another Goodwill, went straight back to the housewares section and found the sleeping rabbit on the shelf. It was kismet.

Slow Rider

Slow Rider

The tortoise seems happy enough to carry the load to the finish line.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Spilled Ink

Spilled Ink

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.

Spilled Ink

Spilled Ink

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Ink Poured

Ink, Poured

5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″  Ink, Poured is an assemblage. Charles Dickens has likely never been used so, but his words (among others’) cover the outside of a wooden box, and are found amidst the ink pouring from a purple antique ink jar. The inside of the box is plastered with blank page bits from the same antique book (not a complete Dickens work, but an anthology of segments from great works of fiction). Paying tribute to those authors who pour ink onto blank canvas and create wonder. The ink is created of beads, velvet, lines from the book and string.

Ink, Poured detail

Ink, Poured

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Harbingers of Fate

Harbingers of Fate

4″ x 8″  Harbingers of Fate is an assemblage piece that focuses on messengers of fate. The Magic 8 Ball is an old one, with tapered bottom. The bird is often a messenger in fiction, myth, and some people’s reality. The shadowbox is an antique cigar box, lined with antique papers from an old farmer’s almanac – another harbinger of fate.

Harbingers of Fate

Harbingers of Fate detail

Harbingers of Fate

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

8″ x 15″  Hansel and Gretel is a shadowbox work of assemblage. The background is oil pastel blended with linseed oil. The rest is an assemblage of found and created items. The twisted tree is made of wire, the blackbirds are baked clay, and the witch’s house above is comprised of a wire house frame and bits of a Candyland game board.  Hansel and Gretel are a pair of antique dolls, previously packaged together as brother and sister.

Hansel and Gretel detail

Hansel and Gretel top view

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel is part of a series of works I am doing, reflecting on fairy tales and fables. By Heather Brush. For sale.

Hansel and Gretel detail

Envy is a Green Eyed Fox

Envy is a Green Eyed Fox

6″ x  6″  Envy is a Green Eyed Fox is a shadowbox assemblage, in simple depiction of the Aesop fable The Fox and the Grapes. The background is oil pastel on watercolor paper, blended with linseed oil. The fox is ink and acrylic on heavy duty drawing paper. The bunch of grapes is an antique glass salt shaker.

Fox detail

Fox top view

The fable, printed on vintage paper, affixed to the top of the shadowbox. The piece can be hung on the wall of stands alone.

Envy is a Green Eyed Fox is part of a series of works I am doing on fables and fairy tales. By Heather Brush.