GALLERY 1 - ASSEMBLAGES BY ROBERTA

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

WELCOME TO MY ASSEMBLAGE ART BLOG!

Welcome to my Assemblage Art Blog...I hope you will browse and check out some of my art and other posts.  Make sure to click on Gallery 1 Assemblages by Roberta.  There are many photos of assemblages I've created over the years.  And look too at the individual posts from this year and years past too.  I'd love to read your comments as well... thanks for stopping by my blog!  I appreciate it!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Tell Tale Heart - Assemblage inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

As a member of Gallery 223, in Lake Geneva, we were supporting the arts by having some of the members art displayed at the Lake Geneva Theatre for a performance by the Lake Geneva Actors Guild, An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe, on October 19th.

I had played around with some of the elements in this assemblage for the last few months, not really knowing where I was going with it, I had the shelf mushroom, that looked like a pair of lungs, found an odd shaped piece of black walnut, that looked to me like a human heart, and some deer antlers that could be ribs.  And I had just recently found a glass eye at a junk shop upnorth....
When this challenge came about, to create a piece to fit the performances, I knew these were what I wanted to use!

I made a blob of "blood to put under the assembled items, found an old box and some old wood floor boards that would become the floor that these items would be housed in.
I added a metal skeleton hand coming out of the drawer of the table this sat on, and a metronome below it, that would beat slowly, like the sound of a heart beating.... and tah dah! An assemblage was born... The Tell Tale Heart!

These verses from the short story by Poe are part of what inspired me in creating this....

“It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture.  Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.”

“...there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well. It was the beating of the old man's heart…”

“If you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. I dismembered the corpse, then took up planks from the flooring of the chamber & deposited all between the scantlings.”

“...at length, I found that the noise was not within my ears. ...Yet the sound increased -- It was a low, dull, quick sound --much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I gasped for breath --and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly --more vehemently; the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, --but the noise steadily increased. Oh God! what could I do? I foamed --I raved --I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder --louder --louder!”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Featured Artist October 2017 at Fontana Public Library

Thank you to the Fontana Library for having my assemblage art featured during the month of October 2017.






Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Pear Nibbler

My latest assemblage for your viewing entertainment...
THE PEAR NIBBLER
The inspiration for this piece was from an old 1893 “mug shot”, featuring a notorious, hardened criminal, 23 month old François Bertillon, who was caught nibbling all the pears from a basket.
While this may look like a girl, little boys used to have long hair and were kept in dresses while they were young back in the 1800’s. The dress part was for convenience before they were potty trained, the hair was considered youthful and baby cute.
This mug shot is adorable, but it is also remarkable as a historical artifact: it is one of those rare objects that documents a part of history while also giving us a glimpse into the life and personality of its creator, the father of young François, Alphonse Bertillon. Alphonse was a French police officer and biometrics researcher who was responsible for standardizing the modern mug shot. (Fun fact: the profile shot was included because Bertillon thought our ear shape might become a unique identifier, in the days before fingerprinting).
Capturing a lighthearted moment in his life and relationship with his son, this photograph brings Bertillon to life as a real man and a father. One can’t help but look at this photograph and imagine the exchange between naughty son and bemused father, perhaps as he worked on inventing mug shots in his workshop one afternoon.
Mug shots have become one of the most iconic, recognizable photographic forms in the 20th century; this image is special because it infuses this relic of visual culture with the personal history of its inventor.
I have embellished the story a bit, creating the WANTED/REWARD picture frame, and the nibbled pears, with teeth added, and an expression from one of the pears that reads “It wasn’t me.” There is an old 1800’s baby shoe that may have been the type that François would have worn in his attempted get away.

This mug shot is adorable, but it is also remarkable as a historical artifact: it is one of those rare objects that documents a part of history while
also giving us a glimpse into the life and personality of its creator, the father of young François, Alphonse Bertillon. Alphonse was a French police officer and biometrics researcher who was responsible for standardizing the modern mug shot. (Fun fact: the profile shot was included because Bertillon thought our ear shape might become a unique identifier, in the days before fingerprinting).
Capturing a lighthearted moment in his life and relationship with his son, this photograph brings Bertillon to life as a real man and a father. One can’t help but look at this photograph and imagine the exchange between naughty son and bemused father, perhaps as he worked on inventing mug shots in his workshop one afternoon.
Mug shots have become one of the most iconic, recognizable photographic forms in the 20th century; this image is special because it infuses this relic of visual culture with the personal history of its inventor.
I have embellished the story a bit, creating the WANTED/REWARD picture frame, and the nibbled pears, with teeth added, and an expression from one of the pears that reads “It wasn’t me.” There is an old 1800’s baby shoe that may have been the type that François would have worn in his attempted get away.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Working at Gallery 223, Lake Geneva

I am a member of a local art gallery, Geneva Lake Arts Foundation's Gallery 223, at 223 Broad St., Lake Geneva, WI.  My daughter is also a member.  We joined about a year and a half ago, and have enjoyed our time of meeting other artists, volunteering at the Gallery, participating in the Art Shows, and selling our art!  I have sold about 15- 18 items since I joined, and it has been very encouraging for me in many ways.  Usually, when Kasey and I work the Gallery, we bring various work to do between visitors.  I sometimes bring bookkeeping, other times art project that I am working on.  Today I brought some fun art things, that will be part of the Christmas Holiday Art Show, that is part of the Winter Show that will also be going on at Gallery 223.  Kasey captured me working on these penny bottles.. "A Penny For Your Thoughts", that I am hoping to have at the Holiday Show.

I love that my daughter and I share this same interest in creating art, and that we can work together at the Gallery too!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What The Cluck? ... sometimes you just have to say it!

 "What The Cluck"

My inspiration was the vintage photo of Henri Groulx and his pet rooster, France, circa 1920.
Note the cigarette in the boy's mouth, and the shoes he is wearing.. a similar shoe is featured in this assemblage... the "box" is actually a letter tray for a desk, and is decorated with croquet post stakes, a cast iron rooster on the pedestal, a spittoon on top, a small old pipe, pool ball, dice and many smoked cigarettes, ...this boy loves smoking as much as his rooster, it seems.. *lol*

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Stop The HATE! ... Art in the Narthex

"Art in the Narthex", are spiritual reflections created by artists, based on scripture readings, seasons of the Church, outreach projects, ministries and more, which greet visitors as they enter the church, and offer a chance to experience, often without words, a sense of the holy through art.


 My reflections/commentary through art, on current events, especially the horrific events in Charlottesville, VA in August 2017, were featured at ART IN THE NARTHEX at Christ Episcopal Church on Sunday, August 27, 2017.  Also featured were Bishop Steven Miller's letter to the Diocese of Milwaukee featuring his reflections on the events in Charlotteville.

This assemblage will also be in the Fall Art Show at Gallery 223, 223 Broad St., Lake Geneva, WI from August 31 - November 5, 2017.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Memory Jug - "Dad's Desk Drawer Leftovers"

This was my first attempt at creating a memory jug.  I used random items leftover from cleaning out my Dad's desk, as we were cleaning out our parents home, to put on the market for sale.  I love how it turned out... it's a treasured memory of things of Dad.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nature Themed Cross from Camp Lakota Church Camp 2017

I was blessed to be one of the Arts and Crafts persons for the Diocese of Fond du Lac's Junior Camping Session at Camp Lakota in Wautoma, WI.  We made our own renditions of a nature-scape cross.  This was mine.  The kids all made terrific ones too!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Art Journals with things of nature...

I scavenged for various things from the woods, and beach areas around us, and other elements I had on hand too, to make these cool covers for Art Journals, these will be featured at Gallery 223 in Lake Geneva during the summer art show.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ain't That A Kick In The Teeth

These shoes were featured at the early Summer 2017 Gallery 223 Art Show and sold!
These shoes were just waiting for someone like Steven Tyler to 
purchase them... or some other talented musician/artist, … or even a dentist!
Embellished with dental teeth samples, and on the zipper pulls, antelope teeth.
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE WITH THESE SHOES!