“Chameleon Skull” Rebecca Ladds, 2011. Pine wood.
This still isnt finished ( I plan on using woodstain and mass amounts of lacquer) but this is the condition in which it was critiqued today in form and structure class.
About 40 hours of work. It’s probably about 2ft long, and 1 ft wide.
It’s a good thing THE JAW FELL OFF AND SNAPPED INTO 7 PIECES after the critique when I was going back into the woodshop to fix a crack in it.
I’ll spend probably about 20 more hours on it, twice as much to try and salvage the jaw again.
Either way, I’m very happy with the result. My first attempt at ever doing this kind of woodwork. Plus it looks pretty badass mounted on the wall.
Drawing for Nature and Culture class.
“Ethnosphere” 2011. I’m purposely juxtaposing cultural adornments on women, a Virgin Mary style woman with neck coils? Yeah.
“Now, together the myriad cultures of the world make up a web of spiritual life and cultural life that envelops the planet, and is as important to the well-being of the planet as indeed is the biological web of life that you know as a biosphere. And you might think of this cultural web of life as being an ethnosphere and you might define the ethnosphere as being the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness. The ethnosphere is humanity’s great legacy. It’s the symbol of all that we are and all that we can be as an astonishingly inquisitive species.” - Wade Davis.
It’s far from complete but I needed to post it because it’s today:
Happy Women’s Day!
“Osteology” Rebecca Ladds, 2011. Three-colour relief print.
All done! Colours are hard to see. So done with this one. Relief remains my least favourite application.
So this is the result of a sleepless night, the sun coming up and me needing to take a break from my linocut. I leave my ‘Soft Anatomy’ plate sitting on the ledge of my window, and it looked so perfect just floating in the sky with the silhouettes of the trees.
Thought you guys might like this.
Working with this imagery a lot lately. Excited to show you guys what’s in the works!
An example of one of many art cards that will be listed.
Shop will be up in A COUPLE DAYS. I just have one last thing to do before I list items!
I will be selling sets of cards like this, in groups of two and three, they are just the same as drawings I’ll be selling, but mini! I’m trying to appeal to all price ranges. These look very cute in little frames and also come with envelopes so you can give them away as cards as well!
ALSO a progress on my linocut.
This is after a second cutting of the tile. My second colour is a duller grey teal, and this looks terrible at it’s present state. I will be adding the final colour, black, on Monday, at which point it will look SOO much better. These will be up for sale if anyone is interested! ;)
Rebecca Ladds, 2011.
I’ve spent 27 hours in the last 4 days in the woodshop working on this, sacrficing my health and sanity and I’m only about 50% done. This is for a form and structure project: taking an item and scaling it up to create a metaphor. I’m doing that chameleon skull I had talked about and redrawn HERE and HERE.
In doing this I’ve realized I have a love for woodwork, that I’m going to have back problems in the future, and that I love bones even more than I thought I did. It’s a different kind of relationship you have with them when you get to feel how they are, and realize how difficult it is to manufacture something that grows naturally on it’s own. Pacha Mama is a tricksy woman, I applaud.
The final product will look SO MUCH BETTER than this, all polished up and smooth with woodstain. (Here the jaw isnt even attached or anything, hence the bricks holding it up)
First cutting finished. Printing tomorrow morning, wish me luck!
Rebecca Ladds, 2011.
Working on a linocut. The bit of printmaking I’m the most uncomfortable doing. Should be interesting, I’m a little nervous to see how it will turn out!
“Wanderlust” Rebecca Ladds, 2009. Encaustic.
Let’s play ‘Spot the Bjork game!’
“Meadow Tea” Rebecca Ladds, 2009. Encaustic.
“Invisible Hat” Rebecca Ladds, 2011.
And this is what happens when I start a drawing with a mind completely free of concepts or ideas of an outcome. I just let things happen. I feel like I should keep this sort of drawing reserved for certain days :S