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margaret weigel

encaustic paintings & fine crafts * boston, ma

This one was included in Tufts University’s Annual Show in 2009.  I think they were surprised to learn that it was a straight-off-the-computer digital print. : /  I spoke about it to a modest crowd during “Tufts Days” that summer.  Someone asked about the image of the baby in the background.  Another pointed to the head of an elephant.  Well, OK, then!  It just goes to show you a). art is what you make of it, and b). collage is AWESOME.  I still love it and try to embrace it with my current work whenever I can, but I’m pretty cheap and hate wasting materials when something doesn’t work out.  haha.

This is one of my first, and favorite, pieces from my paper collaging days.  It was a weird hybrid:  composed on the computer, then the individual pieces printed out and pasted down.  Maybe not the best technique ever, but I do like the mood.  It’s *wicked* moody.

Well, I’m still exhausted — if happily so — after yesterday’s Bizarre Bazaar.  Bethany and I both sold a fair amount of merch, saw friends, checked out the work of our fellow participants.  A couple of quick takeaways:

— it seems that BB is less about unique, handcrafted stuff, but an alternate (smaller) ‘craft economy’.  Not art, not craft, but multiples of the same items.  Cute as they were, it was difficult to ascertain the craft beyond the design in some of these.  Were they manufactured in China?  Hard to tell; they might’ve been.

— Folks were fascinated by the encaustic work.  But there was very little art for sale here.  Most stuff was silk-screen/mass produced (see above). No crime in that, it’s just apples and oranges.

— People LOVED the soldier wreaths.  I can’t recall how many people stopped and pointed, with wonderment, or did a double-take, and dragged their friends over to take a closer look.  I sold out of the wreaths I had on hand, and am currently working on one to finish in time for Xmas. Very gratifying.

— Should I outsource the production of my wreaths to China?  I can totally see poorly-paid workers in dimly-lit factories gluing soldier upon soldier, passing out from the fumes… : )

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    Here’s Bethany holding down the fort /table.

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    Ah, another twisted house, this one spewing  something black and noxious out of the chimney.  I am very fond of this piece.  The house is loosely modeled on the ranch style house I grew up in.   Send me a picture of your childhood house, and I’ll do a piece that reveals its inner horrors.

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    This wreath was, for a change, easy to make.  It’s made out of pages of the Financial Times on the first day of the market crash back in ’08.  How prescient was I that I bought the Financial Times that day?  Not that prescient, as my 401k statements will attest to.  I think I bought the paper because it had an interesting pink hue.

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    I love this wreath.  I love the mixed message concept of it — hundreds of little green army men… are they in the killing fields, in a big sticky pig pile of carnage?  Or is their service being commemorated?  Whichever way you read it, yes, that is exactly what I intended.

    These wreaths — I currently have three of them for sale — take forever to make  I hand glue each figure in place.  It takes hours.  This one sports a ‘ribbon’ made out of hospital gauze.