Wednesday, March 18, 2009
An MCS Artist Egg-speriments with Tumeric
For the past few weeks I've been researching new materials and supplies that are safer and environmentally friendly. I'm going to share some of the fun, easy stuff I come across because no matter how good our intentions, if it's fussy or annoying then it's not really do-able.
In the photos are my experiments with tumeric and egg yolk. The egg won't rot and is more runny than buttery paint, but has a thick, tactile feel just the same. The tumeric has a warm, spicy smell making it very pleasant to work with. Mix some of the spice into the yolk until satisfied with color and texture.
On paper (above) it has a nice, organic appearance. You can see the grains and they look something like sand. Not sand when mixed with paint, but what it looks like when you're outside.That post card on the left is by artist Hu Bing and I met her when she was visiting from China last year. The gold in the woman's coat has had me enamoured ever since and the turmeric is as close as I've come- still a tad green though.
Since 2002 I've had adrenal fatigue, off and on sensitivities and a weakened immune system. Just before my last solo show in 2007 it hit really hard once again and this past fall the chemical sensitivities came back. Only recently has it ever been a problem with art supplies- which I've been able to ignore for awhile. Not now. My first response was to panic, but supportive artist friends helped me see that this was another chance to be creative. Below are the results on canvass.
Gotta share this quote from Twyla Tharp:
"Whom the gods wish to destroy, they give unlimited resources."
Isn't that a good one? I don't know any artists who aren't limited in some way, be it time, money, whatever. Those limitations can make for greater focus.