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by Mayah

Eco Art "Grapes of Wrath"

Playing around with a large canvas, altered a painting into a "mixed media" work of art. "What Is Mixed Media? Mixed media art involves mixing different creative mediums to create work that incorporates two or more art forms. For example, you can add sculpture to your painting, or draw on top of photography prints. Mixed media is all about breaking the boundaries between different art forms." In Eco Art, I like to incorporate throw-away items that others would call "junk". When I was a kid, we called mixed media "arts and crafts".

Date:   1/26/2020 3:57:06 AM   ( 3 y ) ... viewed 1748 times
"Grapes of Wrath" by mayah(c)2017, acrylic on canvas 30" X 30"

I took an abstract art class in 2017 and this art was the result. Don't get me wrong, I like abstract art but to me I had fun slathering on the paint slap-dash and that was about it. I named it "Grapes of Wrath", meant to be tongue-in-cheek, because of the grape shapes created by using a stencil. After taking the painting home, I thought "it needs something else..." then put it away for a couple of years.
"Grapes of Wrath" by mayah(c)2020 Mixed media, revised 30" X 30

In 2019 I added the rectangular pieces of cardboard; they are all in a pattern so that their edges line up in a particular way. The plastic pieces with the holes in them are from empty spice shakers; the glass bottles get recycled but I kept the little filters. The other round plastic pieces are from one gallon water bottles; the empty bottles get recycled but I was loathe to throw away the lids and the pull tabs that come around the lids. I've been saving these pieces for years and didn't know what to do with them. Then, in the last few days, inspiration struck; to balance the rectangular cardboard shapes, the art needed more round shapes. There is some rhyme and reason for the plastic piece placement: the plastic pull tabs are all placed on the painted "grape" shapes, while the plastic water and spice lids are placed on top of green paint splotches. Try as I did to give the placement of the plastic shapes some randomness to counter the planned placement of the cardboard, there are still quite a few plastic pieces that "line up" in a row.
Some of the plastic pieces are rather hard to see in the photo as they are semi-translucent; here's a close-up of some of the water bottle pull-tabs and a spice bottle "filter" (what do you call those thingies, anyway?)*

Eco Art by mayah utilizes recycled and earth-friendlier materials whenever possible.

*Well, I decided to find out and put "What do you call the plastic insert in spice bottles?" into Google search and voila! a website selling the little thingies popped up; they're called "sifter fitments":

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