Thursday, March 11, 2010
Margaret Mellis, who was previously unfamiliar to me. It seems so serendipitous as this time, in my quest to use found wood, not as the substrate for my mosaic work, but as the main component of my work, that I would come across the most fabulous assemblages of old wood found washed up on the beach by Ms. Mellis. Apparently, this wood was originally intentioned to be used as firewood, but she could not part with it, and began storing it in her studio. I recommend reading the Michael Bird essay The Transformed Total: Margaret Mellis's Constructions to find out more about how the assemblages came together, as well as more about the life of this wonderful artist.