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01 August 2010 @ 04:50 pm
Red Hand Assemblage  
Red Hand Assemblage Showing Hand

This artwork is three in one.

The box/dual frame: I labored hard for over a week on the box, which is a very sturdy hand-built, hand-stained, hand-varnished, hand-waxed chunk of quality hardwood (heartwood select pine base and birch sides). It not only serves as a box (if you would want to use it as such a thing), but as a self-contained double frame which requires no wall hanging. It is perfect for a coffee table, end table, mantle, dining table or most any flat surface you would like to display it on... and it is so sturdy in construction that you won't be freaking out if people get near it.

Red Hand Assemblage Showing Both

The box has two decorative hinges with a decorative patina on the spine edge if it; The latching mechanism is self-made from another smaller version of these hinges, combined with three solid brass model cannons from a model ship. The latch holds the piece securely shut, but opens easily when you want it to with a slight squeeze of the box and an easy flip of the thumb.

Latching Mechanism detail

I spent hours and days varnishing, waxing, and buffing and buffing this piece. You may not see the glossiness of it in the picture, but it is pretty shiny.

Open Assemblage Box Frame closed

Red Hand Assemblage Open

Open Assemblage Box Frame closed

Sometimes antiquing involves making something look beaten and ratty, sometimes it is a matter of making something look like something of quality kept new by an archivist or generations of enthusiastic caretakers - quality and new as the day it was made. For this particular look, I went with making it look like somewhat well-maintained antique... something once very expensive, polished periodically by its owners - well protected, but also well-used.

This sort of antiquing makes it much more involved than the other two. When I do this sort of antiquing on fresh and new untreated wood, making it look fashionably old is essentially a process of finishing and refinishing it to duplicate what time would do: Creating many stages of maintenance and multiple areas of color to create the look of something old... dark areas near crevices and hard to reach spaces, lighter areas where regular wear might occur.

Open Assemblage Box Frame on its side

The Art: To make these illustrations mesh well with the box, I made them in this dark-carnival, old Victorian occult ephemera style, with a lot of metaphysical flavor and a touch of campy horror propmaking. It not only made them work well with the box I envisioned, but made them fun for me and strikingly bold... a primitive and stark contrast to my normal reserved and detailed works and my muted color palettes.

Red Right Hand detail

Painting One: "Red Right Hand" this is one of two pieces done for a collaborative collection of China Miéville inspired illustrations and artworks, an effort assembled and coordinated by John Straun of SuperPunch. The Handlingers are mind-controlling creatures which look much like a human hand with a snake's body. I decided on red for my colors because I wanted the hand to be red, and I might it a right hand just so I could name the piece "Red Right Hand", because I am a huge Nick Cave fan.

Red Right Hand detail

Weaving Spiders Come Not Here

Painting Two: "Weaving Spiders Come Not Here": I often name images for all of the phrases that swim around in my head. I don't know what it is about soliloquy, sayings, proverbs, historical quotes and other such things that causes them to remain so well-embedded. I start working on a piece, and once he concept is in place, I immediately think of some string of words that fits, though usually a twist thereof. Rarely does the phrase inspire the piece, but the piece typically inspires the title, and the title sometimes shapes the work... this title coming from Shakespeare, or the once-curious reliefs seen outside of Bohemian Clubs. "The Weaver" is a large sentient spider with hands on its forelimbs (I also put them on its Pedipalps), with a love for scissors. The Spider with scissors brought this phrase to mind, so rather than repeating the more circular designs from the previous painting, I made them weave like webs, being cut by the spider.

Weaving Spiders Come Not Here detail

Open View
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Myke Amendmykeamend on August 1st, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Lillibat. Sorry. I have now removed links to my site and to my store. I missed the rules update. I'll take that into account from here on.
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Myke Amendmykeamend on August 1st, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you, for not royally flaming me.

It is hard to put work out there, and not feel like one is spamming - but for artists, most of what we have to say is within our work.

Realizing that the internet, and specifically subcultural groups are mostly filled with sellers, while at the same time people who would rather not think about buying things (because money matters are depressing), it feels very difficult to put one's work out there... not wanting to be one of a million people with a "look what I have for sale!"

It reminds me of a time when I simply shared my art for the sake of sharing art, and that perhaps it would be better for all, myself included - if I only did that and left the purchase information up to those inclined to look for it.

The no ads thing is a good policy; I'll do my best to abide by it.
Rob Vincent: applauserob_t_firefly on August 2nd, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
What a beautifully done piece! The woodworking, craftsmanship, and illustrations are all beyond lovely.

Thank you for sharing this!
Myke Amendmykeamend on August 2nd, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
Thank you Rob :) I really love to dive and do woodworking when I can - not that I don't love painting, but a bit of blood and sweat give an added level of satisfaction. I am glad I finally figured out I could do more to combine the two, other than just making frames and canvas stretchers anyway ^_^