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In the process of reimagining

November 19, 2012

Oil pastel sketchbook drawing of concept of air and space

“As artists we get to reimagine things that might seem somewhat absurd or impractical.” Minnesota artist, Christine Baeumler, is referring to her recent project to put a bog on top of a roof at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. But I think her statement has larger implications: that as artists we can represent dreams and “unknown” experiences and places—a great goal for abstract art.

Baeumler’s aesthetic combines natural environments and art with a concern for ecology. She asks viewers to stop and look and think about their environment in a different way. Abstract art has that same potential, even though it first has to step out of the boundaries of representation and be accepted as a more direct experience, stimulated by color, shape, texture, and size. (Read more about Baeumler on the State of the Artist web page for The McKnight Foundation)


I’m reworking a set of 4 cradled panels (12×12) that I sort of finished some time ago. I wasn’t quite happy with them—they seemed too simple and a little too accessible or empty. So they have been sitting for months on a table in my studio, looking at me. I’m finally getting back to them to add more layers, maybe to hint at childhood memories.

Here’s the first one:

the starting point–

Mixed media cradled panel, 12x12and the rework so far–

Mixed media cradled panel, 12x12 inches

I’m adding decals (made from old drawings of mine), soft pastel, and collage. I think it’s headed in a more interesting direction.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. sweepy62 permalink
    February 27, 2015 5:56 am

    Reblogged this on Abstract Art My Passion..


  2. November 19, 2012 7:14 pm

    Fascinating and very beautiful!


    • November 20, 2012 9:44 am

      Thanks for taking a look, Robin…and for your lovely comment! I’m glad you posted because my RSS feed lost the link to your blog. Now I can start reading your great posts again. Looking forward to catching up…



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