February 23, 2009

Mad Alchemist Cabinet

Top View
Poe Collection Box Assemblage

Bottom View

I rarely ever post a picture of an unfinished piece LOL But I am breaking traditon ...

Michael de Meng brought replicas of the old fashioned printer trays with him for us to alter in this class. This is more of what I consider a collection-box type piece, which is outside my comfort zone. We did quite a bit of construction though ... more so than I have done on other pieces.

I'm a very outside-the-box type gal, so the thought of being restrained by boxes was very intimidating to start with. We did remove some sections to widen the areas though ... and I brought this huge and very ornate mirror to mount my piece on. This was one of those classic 70s ornamental mirrors ... heavy plastic ... and very brown and blase. I think I perked it up a bit though LOL

I took photos inside and could not get good light, so the top is very difficult to see. This is a collection of artifacts from Edgar Allan Poe's stories. There is an ornate P and E on the top, but it is shiny and doesn't show up in the photo due to the glare. I felt the clock in the middle could stand for the O. I have more pieces to add ... text ... some more blending and antiquing to do.

I think I will need a few more red items for the left, as it feels unbalanced to me right now and I think maybe a whitish piece toward the bottom to mirror the effect with the angel on top. It is still a work in progress.

Guess what? Mixed Media Monday has a prompt called Time -- and my piece has a clock in it --- wooo hooo!

17 comments:

Darya said...

This is cool, Karen! Can you still take the letters off? If so, what about a matte finish clear spray paint to kill the shine?

Hope all is well with you!

Hugs,
Darya

kathy mc said...

This is fantastic Karen. Great job!!!!!!!! Were you with Michael on his birthday?

Joanne Huffman said...

Very cool assemblage, Karen! Aren't Michael DeMeng classes fun!

Joanne

jackie said...

Karen, this is uber-cool!! I love the way you always go for dark and outside the box art! Where'd you find the heart - it's cool! The eyeball is great! And what a cool mummy! And what is the brown object on the right between the bricks - I can't make it out. Could you maybe dry-brush some gesso over the letters to take down the shine? This is a fantastic piece of Karen Art!
hugs,
jackie

Michelle said...

ooooh, Karen! This piece is soo cool! Makes me want to reach through the screen and touch it all over...what fun!
Michelle

Cory said...

Very nice piece...looks like you had lots of fun doing this.

Judy Streger said...

Not only is this a cool-looking piece of art, but I love all the thought that went into the things you used to create your Edgar Allen Poe assemblage. It's very cohesive.

Aimeslee said...

Wow, that's like a once in a lifetime creation, huh? How cool to have done that. It's awesome.

Kris Henderson said...

Now that is one awesome creation!
You did real good :)
I think you should make more.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

This is quite wonderful! So much to see, I'm sure it's best enjoyed in person! MdeMeng is such a great teacher, lucky you! Glad you shared it with us for the MMM challenge :)

Rein said...

Wonderful piece!

Femmy said...

beautiful piece!!!

mixedmediamonday said...

Wow, Karen, this is an amazing piece! Diane

herminesplace said...

fantastic, love it

LazyKay said...

OMG! What an amazing piece!

xxxxxxx

Eastjewels said...

Oh Wow this is awesome Karen.

Christine M said...

I love this piece. Great job!