Size: 15″ x 18″ (approx)
Fallen was created using yarn, a variety of beads and embellishments, polymer clay, Paperclay, acrylic paint, and adhesive.
This piece is currently on exhibition at Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia until May 7, 2017.
Fallen started out with a simple plan. I had some scrap polymer clay to use up and I wanted to reduce the amount of beads I had on hand. My plan for the polymer clay was close, originally the ‘branches’ were supposed to be black, like the pools created by cooled lava at the beach. I was going to fill the areas between the blackened polymer clay with beads set it resin. Clearly, this did not go to plan.
Why? After carving & backing the polymer clay, something caused me to paint it more tree-like. I don’t remember what now. I carved out the moss & shelf mushrooms with Paperclay and painted them. I filled the pond-like area with the blue beads. So far, so good. Then I took all my green beads & scattered them on to the green section. That brought things to a screeching halt. I did not have nearly as many beads as I thought I had. Not by a long shot. I had to rethink this so I set it aside for a long time.
After I finished Deep Forest I had green yarn left over. I decided to try to see if I could use the yarn to ‘paint’ with. I really liked the way that turned out. That section became the basis for the rest of the piece, for better or worse. I found some coral colored beads for the orange section. I stuck to my plan for that and just glued them similarly to the blue section. I immediately regretted that. From this point Fallen was a struggle as I messed up my plan and had a very hard time coming to grips with how to proceed. When all was said and done, I ended up cutting out two of the sections. I spent countless hours searching for the right colors to use, the right yarn (painting with yarn is not that easy & choosing the right kind of yarn is vital). I honestly doubted this piece would ever be completed. It was supposed to be a simple piece, it turned out to be very complex and time-consuming.
The name Fallen comes from the concept that a ‘prehistorically large’ tree has fallen. The branches have divided the land well enough that each segment became home to a specific color variation of foliage.