A full day of printing in my little den. I have about 20 prints in various stages, and I am really crunching to finish them. Some have three layers or more but still need a color mixed with transparent base to unify it all. Or more of the sea life to inhabit the unidirectional design.
I finally got the small spotlight shipped from my electrician friend, but it’s so hot (unlike the l.e.d. strand) that I do not dare put it too near the paper. I also don’t like the heavy shadow it casts. I have not given up on solar lights, and I just learned from an old New Yorker (Annals of Medicine-11/25/2013) article that a researcher at U of Illinois has come up with pinhead size solar panels that are embedded in flexible silicon and can be printed directly on curving surfaces such as a helmet. What a perfect solution! I am going to write him and see if he would like to experiment on my sculpture. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. It’s environmentally better, only perhaps cost prohibitive.
This morning’s studio visit was from Allison Schulnik, the New York sculptor/dancer/animator. We talked about how she choreographs her claymation stories-storyboards and other devices to keep her on track. I could make some smaller models of my piece and try the lighting, hanging, and combinations of color and imagery to see how it all will work. So many variables, but I have to SEE to make my choices.
My full day ended happily with a visit from two artist friends who drove over from Maine: Annie Burnett Hidell and Daphne Pulsifer. We heard resident writers read from new work; I found Assaf Gavron (from Israel) — reading from Almost Dead a passage about a terrorist attack stunning and chilling.
ART LEAGUE OF NATIONS
Beside the door to each building, two words, three circles, encircled:
Pax Cultura — the symbol on the Banner of Peace*
We make peace, we are peace here making art-
A kind of League of Nations of the arts, we live and eat and work
And talk side by side without strife, with hearts on fire.
*Nicholas Roerich design. Phil told me the Roerich Pact was signed in 1935 by the US and 20 other countries to protect “historic monuments, museums, scientific, artistic, educational and cultural institutions in times of war and peace.