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Published on Aug 18, 2009
The process of transforming a hubcap for the Landfillart project.
As a mixed-media artist, I find the Landfillart program exciting on many levels. I spend a great deal of my time —in both my art and my life in general—exploring how to use or reuse everyday objects in ways different than they were originally intended. I am fascinated with the idea of changing our perspective about trash. In addition, my art is all about the exploration of our internal, personal worlds and their connection to our physical surroundings. My art is often deeply personal, working a great deal with animal teachers and the natural landscape. I love the idea of using an item like a hubcap to take these concepts to another level. I want to explore our relationship with our cars and, as with so many other material items in our lives, how we use them to insulate ourselves from the mess, chaos, and unpredictability of life. We have turned our cars into rolling illusions of control and safety. Coyote is the teacher in this piece—pointing out that there really is no control or safety. Life is messy. The road is messy.
This is a mixed media piece, with a rusty, gritty finish, using original artwork, digital images, acrylic skins, and pieces of a broken vintage mirror. The hubcap is turned around with the inside acting as a frame or nicho for the elements. The original photo of the empty road in the middle of the Arizona desert is actually from a snapshot I took while travelling cross country in 1982. The original drawing of Coyote was scanned and then printed onto watercolor paper using digital grounds. The title: Coyote Road.