Posts Tagged ‘paper mache art’

Winsome Words and Curious Birds

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
A Cheerful selection of mixed-media hand-sculpted, sometimes slightly kinetic words chosen to evoke nostalgia, humor and appreciation for an abundant, yet seemingly diminishing collective vocabulary. Curious birds give tribute to communications that succeed beyond and in spite of words.

 

Rhea Giffin-"Up"

Rhea Giffin-"Up"

Rhea Giffin-"Hi"

Rhea Giffin-“Hi”

 

Rhea Giffin-"By"

Rhea Giffin-"By"

Rhea Giffin-"Zippity"

Rhea Giffin-"Zippity"

Rhea Giffin-“ThankYou”

Rhea Giffin-"Worm"

Rhea Giffin-"Gadzooks"

Rhea Giffin-"Both"

Rhea Giffin-"And"

Rhea Giffin-"Shh"

Rhea Giffin-"Smooches"

Rhea Giffin-"Amok"

Rhea Giffin-"We"

Rhea Giffin-"Us"

Rhea Giffin-"Absurd"

Rhea Giffin-"Cat"

Rhea Giffin-"Curiouser"

Mindful Navigation: The POA Series

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Rhea Giffin-"Aquarius Rising Up to the Piscean Sea"

Rhea Giffin-"Aquarius Rising Up From the Piscean Sea"

Rhea Giffin-"Mindful Navigation"
Rhea Giffin-“Mindful Navigation”
Rhea Giffin-"Pockets of Autism"

Rhea Giffin-"Pockets of Autism"

Rhea Giffin-"Sacrificial Limb"

Rhea Giffin-"Sacrificial Limb"

Rhea Giffin-"Bobbing For Answers"

Rhea Giffin-"Bobbing For Answers"

Rhea Giffin-"Compartmentalized"

Rhea Giffin-"Compartmentalized"

Rhea Giffin-"A Nemesis Barely Worth Mention"

Rhea Giffin-"A Nemesis Barely Worth Mention"

Rhea Giffin-"And the Roots of Rhythm Remain"

Rhea Giffin-"And the Roots of Rhythm Remain"

Rhea Giffin-"Angel Killers"

Rhea Giffin-"Angel Killers"

Rhea Giffin-"Another One Unsubstantiated"

Rhea Giffin-"Another One Unsubstantiated"

Rhea Giffin-"Between the Cracks"

Rhea Giffin-"Between the Cracks"

Rhea Giffin-"Beyond Me"

Rhea Giffin-"Beyond Me"

Rhea Giffin-"Blanket of Sky"

Rhea Giffin-"Blanket of Sky"

Rhea Giffin-"Cakes, Quakes and Unclaimed Mistakes"

Rhea Giffin-"Cakes, Quakes and Unclaimed Mistakes"

Rhea Giffin-"Chambre de noir"

Rhea Giffin-"Chambre de noir"

Rhea Giffin-"Change in Temperature"

Rhea Giffin-"Change in Temperature"

Rhea Gififn-"Collision of the Cores"

Rhea Gififn-"Collision of the Cores"

Rhea Giffin-"Common and Otherwise"

Rhea Giffin-"Common and Otherwise"

Rhea Giffin-"Constricted Move"

Rhea Giffin-"Constricted Move"

Rhea Giffin-"Contending with Oneness"

Rhea Giffin-"Contending with Oneness"

Rhea Giffin-"Cracking The Code"

Rhea Giffin-"Cracking The Code"

Rhea Giffin-"Cutting Losses"

Rhea Giffin-"Cutting Losses"

Rhea Giffin-"Dangle of Hope"

Rhea Giffin-"Dangle of Hope"

Rhea Giffin-"Diamonds on their Souls"

Rhea Giffin-"Diamonds on their Souls"

Rhea Giffin-"Discombobulated"

Rhea Giffin-"Discombobulated"

Rhea Giffin-"Do Apples Fear Strawberries"

Rhea Giffin-"Do Apples Fear Strawberries"

Do apples fear strawberries? Or butterflies? Or leaves?  Can a sneeze start a war? Can an orange survive a freeze? Can sense be made? Can love prevail? Can cognizance ever, ever reach beyond the veil?

Rhea Giffin-"Falling Sky Song"

Rhea Giffin-"Falling Sky Song"

Rhea Giffin-"Fearpumery"

Rhea Giffin-"Fearpumery"

Rhea Giffin-"Fly Butter"

Rhea Giffin-"Fly Butter"

Rhea Giffin-"Gray Gall"

Rhea Giffin-"Gray Gall"

Rhea Giffin-"Homesick"

Rhea Giffin-"Homesick"

Rhea Giffin-"Indigesting Family Ties"

Rhea Giffin-"Indigesting Family Ties"

Rhea Giffin-"Inner Tide Pool Security Lock"

Rhea Giffin-"Inner Tide Pool Security Lock"

Rhea Giffin-"It Comes in Waves"

Rhea Giffin-"It Comes in Waves"

Rhea Giffin-"It Comes in Waves"

Rhea Giffin-"It Comes in Waves"

Rhea Giffin-"Jury of Whose Peers"

Rhea Giffin-"Jury of Whose Peers"

Rhea Giffin-"Kiss,Kiss Mon Nemesis"

Rhea Giffin-"Kiss,Kiss Mon Nemesis"

Rhea Giffin-"Lark of Meadows and Moons"

Rhea Giffin-"Lark of Meadows and Moons"

Rhea Giffin-"Letters Unwritten But Silently Sent"

Rhea Giffin-"Letters Unwritten But Silently Sent"

Rhea Giffin-"Lost Connections"

Rhea Giffin-"Lost Connections"

Rhea Giffin-"Merry Christmas!"

Rhea Giffin-"Merry Christmas!"

Rhea Giffin-"Moo Ving Obstacles"

Rhea Giffin-"Moo Ving Obstacles"

Rhea Giffin-"Multiple View Points"

Rhea Giffin-"Multiple View Points"

Rhea Giffin-"Nemesis and the Blue Rabbit Fence"

Rhea Giffin-"Nemesis and the Blue Rabbit Fence"

Rhea Giffin-"New Speak"

Rhea Giffin-"New Speak"

Rhea Giffin-"No Place Like Home"

Rhea Giffin-"No Place Like Home"

Rhea Giffin-"Nothing Else to Say"

Rhea Giffin-"Nothing Else to Say"

Rhea Giffin-"Off Target"

Rhea Giffin-"Off Target"

Rhea Giffin-"One More"

Rhea Giffin-"One More"

Rhea Giffin-"Opposition"

Rhea Giffin-"Opposition"

Rhea Giffin-"Out of C onto Roll"

Rhea Giffin-"Out of C onto Roll"

Rhea Giffin-"Overlapping"

Rhea Giffin-"Overlapping"

Rhea Giffin-"Pair Rings"

Rhea Giffin-"Pair Rings"

Rhea Giffin-"Pear Ticular Wishes"

Rhea Giffin-"Pear Ticular Wishes"

Rhea Giffin-"Petit Pois"

Rhea Giffin-"Petit Pois"

Rhea Giffin-"Pie-in-the-Sky"

Rhea Giffin-"Pie-in-the-Sky"

Rhea Giffin-"Pieces of Possibles"

Rhea Giffin-"Pieces of Possibles"

Rhea Giffin-"Pocket of Desire"

Rhea Giffin-"Pocket of Desire"

"Rhea Giffin-Pocket of Gratitude"

"Rhea Giffin-Pocket of Gratitude"

Rhea Giffin-"Pop Tart"

Rhea Giffin-"Pop Tart"

Rhea Giffin-"Relative Sea"

Rhea Giffin-"Relative Sea"

Rhea Giffin-"Rewind"

Rhea Giffin-"Rewind"

Rhea Giffin-"Sacrificial Waste"

Rhea Giffin-"Sacrificial Waste"

Rhea Giffin-"Sanctuary"

Rhea Giffin-"Sanctuary"

Rhea Giffin-"Sensitivity Overload"

Rhea Giffin-"Sensitivity Overload"

77 Artworks based on the word play poem POA

Dog Sculpture

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Rhea Giffin-"Halloo Bienvenu!" DOG-18.5x12x23in.

Rhea Giffin-"Halloo Bienvenu!" DOG-18.5x12x23in.

Dog Sculpture

Little Cat Series

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Rhea Giffin-"Almost Got It" cat-6.25x2.75x7in.

Rhea Giffin-"Almost Got It" cat-6.25x2.75x7in.

Rhea Giffin-"Erleichda" cat-6.5x5.75x6.25in.

Rhea Giffin-"Erleichda" cat-6.5x5.75x6.25in.

Rhea Giffin-"Intrigued" cat-7x2x8in.

Rhea Giffin-"Intrigued" cat-7x2x8in.

Rhea Giffin-"Grace Anatomy" cat-7x2.5x7in.

Rhea Giffin-"Grace Anatomy" cat-7x2.5x7in.

Rhea Giffin-"Wants Up" cat-7x2x8in.

Rhea Giffin-"Wants Up" cat-7x2x8in.

Little cat Series

“BeCause”

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Rhea Giffin "BeCause"

Rhea Giffin "BeCause"

Here is the ICARE-Faces of Hope mask/artwork I created for the 2010 benefit at the Art Spirit Gallery.

Artist’s note: I was facilitating an art project for juvenile detention students many years ago and was touched by a young boy serving time who shared a story that gave him hope. “The Impossible Flyer.”  It was based on the idea that aerodynamically, a bumble bee should not be able to defy gravity and fly, but amazingly, it does.  This recollection became the base for my inspiration.  Playing with the words Bee; Be; Be Cause.  Because this is a great Cause to Be For, I crafted a simple poem of reason and Be-ingness to affirm what I imagine is at the heart of FACES of HOPE and what families gain from the ICARE programs.  The hand is formed in the American Sign Language symbol for “I Love You.”

Because

     You are you

           Because

                I am me

                    Because

                          There exists

                                   Harmony.

                                                        –Rhea Giffin 2010

A Fond Farewell to Our Friend and Co-Founder

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Melissa Swann Wagner, co-founder of the Northwest Papier Mâché Artists’ Guild and an accomplished artist in many mediums passed away last week.  We are grateful for knowing her and for her generous contributions to the guild.  Because she touched our lives in such an artful way, the effects of that connection will live on through us!  Still, she will be missed!  (I have not yet been able to find a better or more current photo of her than this one. It features our guild exhibit at Whitworth’s Kohler Gallery http://www.whitworth.edu/ many years ago.  Melissa is in the center wearing a white vest.  The reclining figure above her head is her piece titled “The Reader.”  It was purchased by and resides in the North Idaho College library with many other fine works of art you should visit if you get the chance.)North Idaho College

Melissa and other NWPMAG members and patrons at the Kohler Gallery

Melissa and other NWPMAG members and patrons at the Kohler Gallery

Link to a 2006 article about Melissa Swann Wagner in The Deer Park Dispatch http://www.deerparkdispatch.com/archive/?postID=265

Creativity Thrives at Barker High School

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Students from Central Valley’s Barker High School http://www.cvsd.org/barker went on a field trip to see “A House Divided: The Legacy of Lincoln” and “Mindful Navigation: The POA Series” art exhibits at the Chase and Kress Galleries.  I was invited to their classroom the following week to see the papier mache projects they are working on.  What a treat!  I very much enjoyed meeting these people and talking with them as they worked on their art.  I appreciate all the stories, comments and great questions they had for me.

         

Winter Solstice Juried Exhibit – Let There Be Peace on Earth, December 12, 2008 – January 9, 2009

Friday, December 12th, 2008
 

Third Street Gallery
Moscow City Hall- 206 East Third Street on the 2nd and 3rd Floors
Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm
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Currently at the Third Street Gallery

 

2008 Participating Artists:

Nick Bode
Bonnie Brainard
Michelle L. Carr
Katherine Clancy
Louise Colson
Peggy Conrad
Rhea Giffin
Luis Guerrero
Wendi Gunter
Faye Haug
Monica Hulubei
Atsuko Yamashita Jussaume
Rosemary Kimball
Laurel MacDonald
Nancy Morris
Gina Murray
Skip Phillips
Tracy Randall
Linda Rasmussen
Joanne Reece
Knitters for Peace
Jennifer Rod
Gordon Talley
Bill Voxman

Mindful Navigation: The POA Series

Thursday, November 13th, 2008
"Mindful Navigation" from The POA Series by Rhea Giffin

"Mindful Navigation" from The POA Series by Rhea Giffin

What is it?  It’s a haphazard venture into my own personal “pockets of autism” through dimensional “paintings of apples” and other playful papier mache and mixed media sculpture that loosely illustrates my poem or the other way around.  As an artist, embracing, questioning, sorting out my sensitiivities, thoughts and observations is what drives me.  For this series, Apples serve as a universally symbolic, light-hearted disguised guide for this expedition’s contemplation of complexities of thought, ironies and emotion accompanied by an occasional orange or pear.  This exhibition is in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture’s Art @ Work program.  Runs January 6 – March 29, 2009, 5-8 pm., Kress Gallery in River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., third level, Spokane, Washington, USA.  For art rental or purchase information, contact Ryanh@northwestmuseum.org A reception will be held on Friday, February 6th in conjunction with Spokane’s bi-annual Visual Arts Tour.  Hope you can attend.

The Poem:

POA (from Mindful Navigation: The POA Series)

 

Paintings Of Apples

Pockets Of Autism, Alphabets and Apples

Stopping, Chewing, Spitting Out or Swallowing.

Swallowing Pieces, Swallowing Whole.

Pieces Of Allegory, Audacity and Anger

Portals Of Adaptation

Practicalities Of Anxiety, Anonymity and Abnormality.

Why be normal?

Parties Of Aardvarks

Promenade Onto Ark

Feast on Provisions Of Ants

Aunts and Uncles

Provide Pieces Of Apples

Pieces Of Apples and Pretext Of Answers

Pretext Of Answers and Presumption Of Altars

Prayers Of At-one-ness

Pourings Over Ambulances

Postdiluvian Attitudes

Pessimism Of Anarchists

Pornography Of Anatomy

Promises Of Ancients

Priests Obscuring Audacity

Portentousness Of Animism

Apples and Amis. Apples and Enemies.

Poisonous and Sweet. Toxic and Sweet.

Pestilence Of America. Apple Pie and What-not.

Perils Of Angst. Poisons on Articulation. Positions Of Altitude. Perils Of Annihilation, Ambivalence. 

Poverty Of Application. Prayers Of Amusements. Poverty Of Artists.

Presence Of Anger. Pockets Of Attitude, Audacity, Abandonment. Pain Of All.

Pachyderms Of Africa and Asia.

Perilous Pretorian Pathways Obstruct. Offering Only Annihilation.

Planetary Pain. Outrageous. Overwhelming. Astounding Apathy.

Predictions Of Avalanches. Pockets Of Pain. Indigestion.

Perplexed, Puzzling, Pondering, Projecting.

Prisoners Of Addiction, Avoidance, Atrocity, Atrophy.

Purging Over-Accumulations, Oppressive Attitudes, Overwhelm, Off-putting Apathy

Possessions Obscuring Action

Pockets Of Articulation, Answers, and Altars.

Pockets Of Autism, Alphabets, and Apples.

Parcels Of Arithmetic. Patterns Of Ambivalence. Peels Of Apples.

Pleas to Openings of Awareness.

Pitiful Offers of Absolution. Pretend Ownership of Autonomy.

Pomegranates Of Awe, Abundance, Amazements.

Pleas to Ponder Poetry Of Apples and Pockets.

Paintings Of Apples and Acronyms.

Paintings Of Apples and Ponderings.

Parings. Pairings. Pear Rings Of Apples.

©2008Rhea Giffin

Taylor-Parker Motor Co. – Sandpoint, Idaho

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

June 20 – July 27, 2008, The Northwest Papier Mache Artists’ Guild http://www.rheagiffin.com/nwpmag.htm  makes its debut in Sandpoint, Idaho for Artwalk I at Taylor-Parker Motors along with art quiltmaker, Sheila Mahanke Barnes.  The reception was fantastic and we were told by several sources that the town was abuzz with enthusiasm the entire five weeks.

"Thelma Goes to the Beauty Parlor" by Sherri Ballman, "Halloo Bienvenu!" by Rhea Giffin

Sherri Ballman’s “Thelma Goes to the Beauty Parlor” made the front cover full-legth full-color of the July 17, 2008, Vol.5 issue 29 of Sandpoint Reader, and an article about the guild by by reporter Tala K.K. Wood.

Click here to view original article (pdf)

Note:  The photo within the article features mixed-media marionettes by Betty Gardner.  Also note that my last name giffin, was mis-spelled. The correct way has no “r”, and all reference to “Carry Thomas” should be “Larry Thomas.”

Unfortunately there is not an on-line version at this time. Here is a transcript of the article:

Artwalk Goes Vehicular

by Tala K.K. Wood

for SPR

Paper Mache. Most of us have had the misfortune in our elementary days to have dipped our hands into that gooey mess and either loved it or hated it.

I am of the latter.  Anything that squishes between my fingers is not worth touching in my view.

But if you stop by Taylor Parker in the next few weeks, you’ll see why I have a sudden new fondness for the gunk.

The car dealership, a long-time participant in ArtWalk, are hosting the “Paper Mache Artist’s Guild.”

At first I assumed that it would appear as my disastrous sculptures from second grade would, but with creative titles and decidedly less science-leaning subjects.  But then I walked in.

You would never know these magnificent creations were made of water, flour, glue and old newspapers.  They went from pretty to unique to down-right weird.

The first time I saw the green dachshund with giant red spots and a rat-like snout, I thought his beady eyes were following me.  When I looked at him a second time, I thought he’d moved.

After scaring myself into heart-attack country, I crawled back out and away from stationary yet uncannily life-like dogs.

I moved on to pleasanter things, like “Flying Jolie Girl” by Leata Judd, in which a blue girl with wings and a dreamy expression sits on a winged blue horse with red eyes that almost seemed out of place.

I also spent some time looking for eye-candy, like “Going with the Flow” by Judy Minter, a pretty piece that had wild rainbow waves and silver-gold coral, and “Charity Changes our Perspective: by Carry Thomas.

I stared at the last piece, “Charity,” for a long time, trying to understand the title.

Finally, I understood what the turtle carrying a chair on its shell was supposed to symbolize – note to the artist: pray forgive me if I’m wrong, I am merely a member of the generation raised by the internet – the chair, decorated as it was with a sea, and islands, and even a sky, was the world, and the turtle was carrying the world on its back, much like the Native American myth.

The turtle, which in a generalization, could be called “lowly” is transformed into something grand, something that allows the rest of us to live, by “holding the world.” In its generosity, it provides for us all.

After that puzzle of a piece, I moved on, only to have my eyes drawn to an intriguing figure of a dark woman with a blue bird on her shoulder.

Her eyes were pensive, and she was cradling a huge heart-shaped crevice in one hand. Inside the heart, was an abacus-like design, with large blocks that can are turned to show different sides. The title, “Anyway,” suits Rhea Griffin’s sculpture exactly.

Each block has a semi-negative situation, and the other side tells you to keep doing what you’re doing, “anyway.”

For example, “Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.”

I can’t do justice to this incredible exhibit, but I can at least beg you to go and see it.  Don’t have time? Do it anyway.