Jubilant (whiterosesart.com)
Jubilant by Heather Miller


Title: Jubilant
Year: 2013
Size: 5.5″ x 48″

Jubilant was born out of a poplar shelving board, painter’s caulk, ink, and acrylic paint.



The Story:

I’m writing this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2013 so I’ll do my best to remember.

There isn’t much of a story for this one.  The base is a poplar shelving board, which are great because they’re already sanded but don’t have a finish coat.  I’m not sure what inspired me to cover it in caulk but I did.  If memory serves, I allowed the caulk to set but not fully dry before brushing on the ink.   I wanted to experiment with how partially cured caulk would take paint.  After the ink-covered caulk dried completely, I accented some of the edges in black.  The sides & back of the piece were painted with black acrylic paint.

As for the colors, I remember that I wanted to experiment more with color – in general.  I don’t remember, however, how I arrived at those 4 colors.

I also wanted to push myself as far as size went, which is why I went with such a long piece of wood.  When it comes to the size of a piece, I always keep in mind that most homes have 8 foot ceilings, and that most walls have trim work.  Further more, the majority of people have furniture so  giant pieces just won’t fit in most people’s homes.  This piece is very narrow so it does well in those “weird” walls and spaces that we often have in our home.

This piece actually hung in my living room, on an odd wall, for two years.  I hung it at Artomatic 2015 on a lark.  It sold before the show even opened.  I’m told it hangs in the bedroom of a child.