May 21, 2011

"Continuum Exhibition" Continued - Artists' Talk

"The Ridgefield Guild of Artists" had "Artist Talk and Walk" for Continuum exhibition today. Several artists (Don Arsenault, Suzanne Benton, Regina Moss, Elizabeth Back & Ellen Schiffman) talked why and how they created their art pieces. Some of them told compelling stories which made the "Artist Talk" so much more interesting.

Ellen Schiffman's started the "Talk" about her felted art piece which represents "merkin". Her presentation was a very lively discussion and very amusing indeed. We live in the era of almost "everyone" shaving their pubic area, and the thought that people would use merkins (pubic wig) made me google this "animalistic" expression. And HERE is what I found.

When I met Suzanne Benton in person awhile ago she had several pieces of her "welded art" in her home. This pioneer female welder exhibited in Continuum one her many metal masks. To this day she created about 750 masks based on India's ancient story.

Don Arsenault had a great story about his son becoming a daughter and how all this affected their lives and his "fight" for his daughter's rights and why he chose to paint his daughter - to make people aware about humanity of transgendered beings.

Regina Moss, a very talented artist that specializes in art made out of wool and felted.  Her exhibited piece - a dressy coat that looks like out of Mozart era - represents the conformity of what females or males were always expected to wear.

Elizabeth Back finished with her "hanging" art pieces made of mixed media (bees wax, paper, graphite etc.).

Unfortunately I did not take any images until the "Talk" was over and I was allowed to try Regina Moss' dress/coat which at that moment I wished to be in Manhattan ready to party like in the old days while wearing her art piece. On this page you see Regina Moss wearable art, which is for sale.

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