Creating Art for the Wall:
About two years ago, I made my first wall hanging sculpture with Mountain Laurel branches and a series of my small baskets. For a while, I had been hearing the creative voices in my head to branch out with my artwork even more. I experimented with new ways to lift the baskets up and have them appear in a new context. The walls were the answers. From working primarily on grounded baskets on tabletops and mantelpieces, this was a totally new realm for me to explore, and it was lots of fun.
The wall hangings I have created over the past two years have been extremely fun to produce, and have opened a new window of opportunity for creative expansion. Like I said, I wanted to have my baskets appear in a new context - and that is just what the wall hangings allowed me to do. Once hanging on the wall, vertically most of the time, I began to move towards the idea of the baskets being pods and nests themselves. That was something new and different to me.
New Developments in Style:
Copper leaves and wire, thick grapevine, of course kudzu, and found objects are a part of my wall hangings in a different way than they are a part of my tabletop pieces and fireplace mantel sculptures. These art baskets hanging on the wall have a loftiness new and different than my other pieces, and because of that, I started using new techniques to explore ways to create new styles.
Now using clay and natural fibers and grasses, I have started making some more nest-like sculptures. I began using this new material in reaction to this new view of what my baskets serve to represent. Though the initial inspiration for the creations remain unchanged, the development of those new ideas requires listening to the intuitions and creative voices encouraging me to try new things with my basket art.
Without pushing the boundaries with anything, there is no way to improve and discover new opportunities and inspirations. I encourage anyone to do the same. Taking risks and listening to the creative intuition in your head is the first and best way to evolve your craft, whatever that may be.