What is Quartz Inversion?
No, it’s not a quart of milk standing on its head. It’s the point at which silica crystals in clay change their molecular structure during the rise and fall of temperatures in the kiln. Heat serves as a catalyst for permanent change. Very cool idea. I think of it as a metaphor for most things in life. The transformational power of art can change us at the very core. Our actions change the earth every day, for better or worse. The choices we make, the thoughts we have, and the words we say change us in every way at every moment--from the inside out. I like to think that I go through a quartz inversion on a regular basis....and once quartz inversion occurs, there is no going back.
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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Minimum / Maximus......

The day was pretty productive, as far as quantity goes. Worked on 6 small panels and tried playing around with my brand new Silver iridescent oil stick. It's yummy, but as I have said before, it's a bitch to get a good photo because of the reflection it creates. I think I these pics are a fairly good representation of the surface, even with the glare. They're quite small and simple, and I'm using fewer elements in these small panels. The bottom line is, even though so much of my work has always been highly decorated, I still feel that under all this collage-ing lives an artist who is inherently minimalist.
I love work that creates the biggest bang with the simplest compositions and fewest colors. I've recently been looking at an artist named Lawrence Carroll who's book I discovered, in all places, in the bookstore at the Morandi show in Bologna last fall. His compositions employ only the most essential elements and his palate is very limited. His work really drives home the concept of 'Less is More".

So with these collages I'm teetering precariously on that thin line of 'what to keep and what to throw out'. Perhaps the answer to that question lies in knowing what not add in the first place......

4 comments:

Shona Cole said...

JoAnne,
I am delighted to have added you to the Collage-Directory. I love your work. I am so drawn to the minimalist art too, especially in photos. But most times when I actually make something myself I can't seem to stop and end up making everything busy, but I am a talker who never shuts up, so i guess it is a reflection of me!
You may like this artist's work,
http://www.bgmartjournal.blogspot.com/

all the best
Shona

Joyce said...

I am so glad that you have joined the directory and I've now found your wonderful blog. I too tend to get very detailed in my art work even though I start out trying to keep it simple. Maybe I'm not ready to let go. Your art work is beautiful and I've bookmarked your site so I can come by from time to time for inspiration. You are also funny as hell.

Trudy Callan said...

I love these pieces. You have a really awesome blog. Happy Valentine's day to you. My family and I made some really neat heart bags. I hope you'll come and take a look and look around the blog a little while you're there and see if it's one you'd like to bookmark so you can come back. It's kind of new, but I have lots of great things planned. So stay tuned. Thanks, and have a great day.

Trudy

www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

JoAnne Ruggeri said...

Thanks so much for adding me to the Collage Directory. And for commenting on my blog!!! I so appreciate the comments and feedback. I'm still a little 'gun shy' about promoting my blog and asking people to 'follow me', but getting nice comments like these from total strangers are so affirming and encouraging! Thanks gals!