Art á la carte: Keri Joy Colestock

I create FuN FuNky Original Art.

 

Just Face It by Keri Joy Colestock available on Etsy $500
Just Face It by Keri Joy Colestock available on Etsy $500

 

 I began to play with found objects for my art.
 
 
Mixed Emotions by Keri Joy Colestock available on Etsy $400
Mixed Emotions by Keri Joy Colestock available on Etsy $400

 

 My turning ‘junk’ into masterpieces is a blast & I am loving it! 
 
Wall Dancers Vase by Keri Joy Colestock available on Etsy $100
Vase by Keri Joy Colestock available on Etsy $100
 
You can learn more about Keri Joy Colestock on her EBSQ Bio.
 
To see more of her art please visit her EBSQ portfolio, or visit one of her online venues:
 
 

 

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EBSQ Spotlight on Assemblages and Mixed Media: Heather Anne Murray

This month’s featured gallery is Assemblages and Mixed Media. It is arguably the most unique and diverse gallery at EBSQ.  Throughout May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our artists who drawn to create with a variety of materials.

Heather Anne Murray

Cherie - Heather Anne Murray
Cherie - Heather Anne Murray

My roots stem from editorial illustration and i have always been drawn to the story behind a painting. Mixed media frees me to expand on an illustrative element without being bogged down by my own private censor. I enjoy the tactile feeling of textured papers, grooves in layers of paint and gesso and the simple act of overlapping for a new affect. Mixed media allows me to play with my materials and each new piece has an expressive,liberated quality. I am far too critical of myself with traditional painting and drawing..I strive for a realist touch and can achieve it through collage and mixed media without heartbreak..My message can surface through the medium when I am free be spontaneous and intuitive with my media. Cheers – Heather Anne Murray

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EBSQ Spotlight on Assemblages and Mixed Media: John Borrero

This month’s featured gallery is Assemblages and Mixed Media. It is arguably the most unique and diverse gallery at EBSQ.  Throughout May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our artists who drawn to create with a variety of materials.

John Borrero

Nike - John Borrero
Nike - John Borrero
What I enjoy most about making art from found objects is the moment of recognition… the “a-ha” moment of coming across a piece of metal or fabric and recognizing that it is not just an umbrella… but a flowing gown. And, not just a flowing gown, but the gown of a goddess.
A piece of mine that really speaks to this process is Nike, a mixed media sculpture that I completed about two years back. This piece began with a walk on the beach and a charred piece of driftwood, which forms the base at the center of the sculpture. When I found it, I thought it looked like a person standing upright. The top of that remnant wood is what you see as her chest. And, so she began.
Her gown is an old umbrella, with her shoulders and neck made from old fixtures that I’ve found on walks over the years. (I do my part to keep NYC streets clean!) The base is the top of an old copper tea kettle.  Next came the face and doll parts, which I thought both gave her dignity… a sense of being strong and composed. Then came the wings. That was new for me, andf this was my first piece to utilize actual wings (although not my last).
On one of my regular junk shop runs, I was approached by the proprietor about a taxidermy bird. Ordinarily, I would not have shown any interest, and in truth, I had no interest. Yet. It had become a routine of hers to gather the crooked, rusty, broken and clunky items and push them towards me on my visits, knowing that I had a soft spot for all things old and unsellable.  She said that this duck had been sitting on this shelf for over 7 years, and that it was much older than that. She was ready to just throw it away.
Something in her words resonated for me (which I believe was her plan) and I took a good first real look at it. In truth, it was beautiful. But it wasn’t just its beauty that struck me. Its usefulness has passed. Seven years. No one wanted it.
“A-HA”
I took it, turned it around in my hands, brushed some dust off of the wings and said (mostly to the bird) “so, how would you like to be a goddess?”
The answer was Nike.

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EBSQ Spotlight on Assemblages and Mixed Media: Mary Ann Wakeley

This month’s featured gallery is Assemblages and Mixed Media. It is arguably the most unique and diverse gallery at EBSQ.  Throughout May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our artists who drawn to create with a variety of materials.

Mary Ann Wakeley

Sleep State - Mary Ann Wakeley
Sleep State - Mary Ann Wakeley

I realized when I first started painting that what intrigued me most about the art I liked compared to what was in front of me as I worked, was the way a variety of elements and textures can combine in such a way that they take me out of the every day experience and bring me closer to that part of myself that can’t be explained. My response to the work of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and painter Joan Snyder for example reach me on much different and more intense level than say a painting by Monet or even Joan Mitchell, both of whom I love as painters. The process of working with different textures is a very sensual one and a crucial element in what I do because it represents an important aspect of myself that I feel is best expressed through art. I am always looking for ways to express most truly what I am currently feeling when I work, and reaching for that perfect medium to take me there is part of the pleasure of creating, whether I am blending pastels into acrylics, or using a hard conte crayon, or splashing drips of ink. It’s a visceral as well as spiritual experience that continually gives me a new appreciation for how I experience life. – Mary Ann Wakeley

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EBSQ Spotlight on Assemblages and Mixed Media: Cynthia Axelberd

This month’s featured gallery is Assemblages and Mixed Media. It is arguably the most unique and diverse gallery at EBSQ.  Throughout May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our artists who drawn to create with a variety of materials.

Cynthia Axelberd

Safe Haven - Cynthia Axelberd
Safe Haven - Cynthia Axelberd

Being a mixed media artist gives me the opportunity to use my favorite materials, wood, paint, metal, paper, anything really.  I feel too limited working in one medium.  I also love transforming old & discarded finds which I consider treasures.  This is when I get to do what I really enjoy, which is re-purposing my treasures.  Growing up I saw my father reuse materials for his many projects.  I was always fascinated by his ability to see a new use for things.  I believe this opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of materials.  Being able to create a piece of art out of so many mediums gives me a great sense of satisfaction. – Cynthia Axelberd

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EBSQ Spotlight on Assemblages and Mixed Media: Shawn Marie Hardy

This month’s featured gallery is Assemblages and Mixed Media. It is arguably the most unique and diverse gallery at EBSQ.  Throughout May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our artists who drawn to create with a variety of materials.

Shawn Marie Hardy

Anchor Me - Shawn Marie Hardy
Anchor Me - Shawn Marie Hardy

My family moved to San Francisco a year before Playland On the Beach was torn down and we spent a lot of time there. The amusement park placed you right back in 1928, when it was built. Laffing Sal, the twinkly carousel, the freaky maze of mirrors, the air jets blasting us through holes in the rickety wood floors, and the amazing camera obscura were integral in planting the seed for my love of surrealism and the macabre. I was drawn to all things strange and creepy and anything that made my hair stand on end was for me. I didn’t create my first mixed-media piece until over twenty years later, but those memories definitely affected my work. I have always saved little trinkets and charms, rusty bits, doll parts, game pieces and such–souvenirs of the pages of my life. Mixed-media has allowed me to satisfy the longstanding desire to create stage sets. By using those souvenirs I create little scenes of wonderment in the form of shadow and light boxes and dreamscapes on canvas–sometimes peacefully enticing, sometimes with a creepy edge that one might not dare to venture into. – Shawn Marie Hardy

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