Posts Tagged ‘found items’

Christina Bothwell’s Glass Sculpture Captures What Lies Beneath

Posted in Ceramic, Found Objects, Glass, Painting, Wood on August 27th, 2009 by Alice – 3 Comments

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Christina Bothwell employs glass, clay, wood, paint and found objects in her revealing sculptures. She includes glass within glass and painting on top of glass. Clay and wood come together to add warmth to many of her creations.

When the Body Sleeps, the Spirit Travels

When the Body Sleeps, the Spirit Travels

I particularly love her “dreaming” sculptures. I have always believed that we go “home ” when we sleep and come back ready to try to remember who we really are and  create a wonderful day for ourselves by what we choose to think, say, and do.

She'd Give You Her Heart

She'd Give You Her Heart

Christina states on her website, “In my work I am drawn to the processes of birth, death, and renewal. What lies below the surface fascinates me and I try to capture the qualities of the “unseen” that express the sense of wonder that I feel in my daily existence. I am attracted to glass because it can do everything that other sculptural media can; in addition, it offers an inner space and transmits light.”



She goes on to say, “My subject matter includes babies, animals, and children as they embody the essence of vulnerability that is the underlying theme in my work. Currently I am exploring metamorphosis as a topic, and have been incorporating figures within figures in my pieces. Within each glass figure there is a smaller figure seen through the surface of the glass.”

Angel on My Shoulder

Angel on My Shoulder

She closes by saying, “I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves.”

Old Soul Baby

Old Soul Baby

As the viewer I was captivated by her display of what lies beneath the surface of her figures. I felt as if I were looking more deeply than I should,  but unable to look away. We are more than our bodies and Christina’s figures cause us to pause and think about what truly lies within ourselves.



Christina is an accomplished artists with many solo and group exhibitions and numerous awards. She was the 2008 Winner of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award.

Visit Christina’s website for more of her award winning work.

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The Tribal Carvings of Robyn Gordon

Posted in Found Objects, Wood on August 1st, 2009 by Alice – 6 Comments


When I first came across Robyn Gordon’s carved figures, I had that “ahh” reaction. Here was something that spoke to me and drew me in. So interesting are each of her carvings, with found objects that she searches for in flea markets, second hand store and from nature around her, that each one demands more than a casual glance.

My father was a printer and many times I helped set type. Robyn’s niches for her “finds” remind me of the boxes that held the type. Maybe that is one of the reasons I was so drawn to her artwork.

Her use of found objects is intrinsic to the completeness of  some of her figures. It is as if she is gathering the history of a culture and proving that nothing is ever lost, that each piece of history creates the whole.

Tribal People

Tribal People

Robyn lives in South Africa and is influenced by African tribal art and tribal art from around the world. She began carving by lamp light with her mother when she was about 8 years of age. Her family  had no electricity and no television. She has a passion that can be seen in her work and a peace that she captures and sends on to the viewer.

Broken Angel

There are her peaceful angels.

Colorful Woman


Barbie and the Woodpecker

Barbie and the Woodpecker

Then she has that quirky bit of humor that I like to think I share.
Her crazy colorful woman Sawabona, is magic. Makes me laugh.

And Barbie and the Woodpecker is priceless.

More of her enchanting work can be seen on her blog Art Propelled and on her Flickr site of the same name.

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Found Objects and The Whimseys of Lauretta Lowell

Posted in mixed media on July 3rd, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

Whimsey – a thing that is fanicful or odd.

Found objects - A found object, in an artistic sense, indicates the use of an object which has not been designed for an artistic purpose, but which exists for another purpose already.

From the beginning of time artist have repurposed items to create their art. In this century, I always think of Marcel Duchamp and his ceramic urinal or Robert Rauschenberg’s goat when I hear the words altered art or found objects.

In my post about sculptor Donald Gialanella I’ve shown one of his “found object” figures, Midden Woman.

I’ll be looking closely at today’s overwhelming adaption of these art forms in the months to come. I find it fascinating.

But right now, it’s time for a wide smile and homage to the throw aways, the found objects.

Zora the Fortune Tella

We all have these kind of items in our back closets or in our attics. While most of us either leave them there…or when they do come to the surface of 40 years worth of treasures, we send them on to Goodwill or a garage sale in hopes that someone might …just maybe…. decide to give it a new home. Because we know in our hearts that this one piece of yesterday is to be treasured, it represent our lives, or our mother’s life..but for the life of US, we can’t justify putting it out on the coffee table for all to see. Its old, it’s broken, it’s well..just not us any more.

I'm A Little Teapot

Enter Lauretta Lowell. Lauretta’s found art figures, her Whimsical Curiosities, are made from antique porcelain heads and arms, vintage kitchen appliances, machine parts, junk drawer items and costume jewelry. She takes that throw away item and makes it a keeper. The entertainment value is priceless.

Green Framed Doll

I’m attracted to these doll/objects, because they remind me of my childhood. Of small dolls and miniature china tea sets. Alice in Wonderland bizarreness!

Her figures make me laugh. It make me happy that there is one less de-funked treasure made new again. I laugh when I see the leg just sticking out of the bottom of a vase or an old tea pot. The old frame in the picture above would never have even made it to the garage sale pile, but Laurette makes you want to give it a place of honor somewhere in your life.

Walking the Dog

Lauretta has spent more than 30 years working with in the art community. From  Curating at the Santa Cruz Island Foundation in Palm Desert, CA to managing the Wentworth Gallery in Indio, CA. Now, Lauretta has turned her artistic talents to the whimsical figures you see here.

Pineapple Princess

For more information about Lauretta and her work, visit her website Whimsical Curiosities.

And look for more posts here about altered art and found objects.

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