|Autumn Brown, Security Blanket #3 (Baby Blanket), Fibers and Found Metal , 3’x3’x2” 2011-2012|
Q: What inspired you to create your Concept/OK Piece?
AB: The actual piece? I was digging through a scrap yard. I liked the rusted grate and brought it home. “Stewed” over it a while and then the piece happened.
Q: Ribbon is used quite often in your work. Is there any significance to this?
AB: I love the juxtaposition of soft fiber and hard rusted metal. I am fascinated with the dialog between setting two such different materials against each other. I enjoy using these materials, to express the duality that exists in our daily lives. Ribbon seems to be one of the "more refined” versions of fibers/fabric, a perfect “match” to oppose harsh rusted metal.
Q: Has mixed media always been the media in which you work?
AB: No. Started like most artists, who start young, in 2D. I excelled in most mediums while studying art in college, though I found the dark room daunting and lonely. During my required Intro to 3D class at Savannah College of Art and Design I discovered a new world of art. From then on I have embraced 3D art as my main artistic pursuit. Fiber Art (or mixed media if you will) evolved from there.
Q: Can you describe the process in which you create a mixed media piece? What is your first step?
AB: Mentally, I prepare ideas for a group of work. I settle on an idea and then work it into a “thesis.” Then I start brainstorming through sketches and research. I run these sketches pass my thesis to make sure they match up. I refine sketches then make a list of needs. That is when the fun starts! I head to salvage yards, thrift stores, and junk yards. After I collect everything I “think” I will need I start constructing. Some pieces work out exactly as I planned. Some pieces have to be reworked. Then there are other pieces that come to birth sporadically during the above process. These work themselves out a little less structured that the earlier but still go through a “refining” process. Of course no matter what I am doing (cooking dinner, sleeping, laundry) I am working out ideas in my head.
The Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma exhibition is open to the public through February 16, 2013 at the new Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council’s Hardesty Arts Center. See www.concept-ok.org for more information.