Each of these pieces averages between 2 and 5mm (about the size of a grain of rice), is mounted in a 1"x1" magnifying box affixed to a 3"x4" canvas panel, and is accompanied by a charactorizational blurb.
Would I Lie to You?
Polymer clay wall mask
3" x 4"
Caption: "Kiki is lactose and also most people intolerant."
Caption: "Bella could but, most likely, won't, so don't waste your time."
Caption: "Little Stanislaus sees nothing wrong with man-thongs and will continue to wear his proudly, thank you very much."
Caption: 'Tundra feels that her art is pretty straightforward, but if you feel you need a deconstructed explanation, fine: It is a painting of flowers, five of which are red, much like life. There. Happy?'
These images are from GLOW, a three year project I headed that brought together artists, models, and photographers to create living, glowing works of art. Each model/artist team collaborated to come up with and execute a concept. The final product was a hall of living, glowing sculpture. The public was invited to attend, interact with the models and artists, and even be painted themselves.
Paint: Wolfe Brack
Photo: Rick Andersen
Photo: Elizabeth Dickensen
22 Magic Burgers
48" X 48" Ink on canvas
10x20 ink and acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 Acrylic on canvas
I've always taken inspiration from traditional Bonsai and Kokedama art forms. These tiny hanging plants are the result. They can be hung singly or in groupings.
Most of the plants I use are easy to care for, drought resistant succulents, and have the same requirements: Bright light and well draining soil.
Watering - Soil should be allowed to dry completely in between watering. When you do water, make sure the soil is soaked through until water runs out of the drainage hole. Most microgardens, being between 1 and 3 inches, should need watering once a week.
Exceptions - Some in the collection have more specific needs, and are listed below:
Air Plant - Air plants are epiphytes, which means they grow without soil, and get their water and nutrients from the air around them. To water, submerge the plant and let it soak for 1 hour, once a week, or mist 2-3 times a week. They prefer bright, filtered light instead of direct sunlight, as they can sunburn easily. You can fertilize them every month or so in the warmer months by mixing a small amount of water soluble plant fertilizer, like that used for orchids, in with the water when you soak them.
Peperomia - A member of the pepper family, it is a small, hardy semi succulent with hundreds of cultivars. It thrives in bright, indirect light, say from an East or West facing window. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves. Water when the soil becomes dry, once or twice a week. Over watering can cause root rot.
Baby's Tears - A cascading evergreen, it has lots of tiny, lobe shaped leaves. This one does best with moist soil, and should be watered twice weekly.
Airplane Plant - Also called 'spider plant,' this one does well with bright, indirect light and moist soil.