A Moment in Goth (WhiteRosesArt.com)
A Moment In Goth by Heather Miller

Title: A Moment in Goth
Year: 2008
Size: 12″ x 24″

A Moment In Goth was created using acrylic paint, glass medical bottles, and a texturizing paint on a wooden board.

The Story:

A Moment in Goth is an abstract mixed media piece from a short-lived theme.  It was the second piece produced for the theme.

I used tiny little glass vials I bought in bulk from American Science Surplus.  I painstakingly filled each with a small amount of paint & then glued them to shelving board in a large pattern.

I disliked the visible lines from the pattern so I painted the board black with a special texturized paint.  It gave the piece a definitive “goth” flare, hence the name.  But it wasn’t always known by this title.

When I submitted it for my BFA review in college, one the professors that pre-reviewed my portfolio told me several professors would reject the piece based on the title.  I was a bit dumbfounded that my BFA application could get rejected not based on my art but my titles.  So I decided to be thoroughly petty.  I changed the title to “La Marque Rouge” which is French for ‘The Red Mark.’

French titles were apparently acceptable to the BFA committee at the school.  I did that for several of my “offensively titled” pieces.  I’m still dumbfounded that boring titles translated into French got me into the program, not my actual art.  I returned to the piece to it’s original title immediately after acceptance.

This piece is no longer available because it was pulled apart by a horrible person during an exhibition.  They damaged the background while prying off several of the glass bottles.  I ended up having to scrap the whole piece.