Category Archives: Mixed Media Projects

Mixed media refers to the practice of making art using many different media: oils, acrylics, egg, wax, gumarabic, plaster, paper, fabric, clay, etc… The term is not synonymous with the “mixed technique” (an approach that uses egg tempera and oil somewhat interchangeably) and/or the “mische technik” (the Viennese school of super realism that uses egg tempera and oil interchangeably).

A Piece of Me, mixed media collage. 168 x 106.4 cm or 66 x 42 in.

A Piece of Me, the final assemblage

A Piece of Me, mixed media collage. 168 x 106.4 cm or 66 x 42 in.

A Piece of Me, mixed media collage. 168 x 106.4 cm or 66 x 42 in.

A Piece Of Me fully assembled and hanging on the wall. 168 x 106 cm or 5'6" x 3'6''

A Piece Of Me fully assembled and hanging on the wall. 168 x 106 cm or 5’6″ x 3’6”

I have finally been able to create a digital version of this mixed media painting project, A Piece of Me. The physical assembly is illustrated here on the right. After the painting of the individual panels was complete, the assembly entailed framing each one, mounting a backing board onto a wall and then velcro-ing each panel into place. That took me about a month to do. The digital version presented here on the left and above is a pretty good representation of the in-the-flesh version, though the physical version seems to reflect even less dissonance. Who knew?

This then is a life size self-portrait in sixty four pieces. But it’s not about me. Actually it’s about you, since you, as viewer will have to create that unity for yourself. Or not. Alternatively, you are welcome to wander in the individual panels, each of which I strove to create as stand-alone aesthetic unities. The panels were divided into five different painting techniques: egg tempera, encaustic, mixed technique, acrylic and oils. Additionally, approximately fifty percent of the panels are highly tactile. Some were collaged, some were pre-sculpted, some were created with the painting knife and some were done in encaustic (which is already a highly tactile medium). That means that it is half painting/half sculpture – something to be encountered and to allow it to encounter you.

 

mixed media portrait of Anna

Anna – a Mixed Media Painting, May 2011

Back in the 1970’s after graduating from college, I did a series of “puzzle paintings”. My idea at the time was to explore the different media that can be used to create painted images. So I made three at the time, and was preparing to create a fourth, when my direction (in art and in life) changed. So I packed up the little blocks that I had already had cut, and moved out west.

Some 35 years later I finally pulled those little blocks out of storage. I had already determined that, psychologically, this piecemeal approach to image creation worked best when applied to the human being, so when my friend, Anna, became seriously and unexpectedly ill, my choice of subject matter became clear. I was able to locate a photograph of her that I liked (secured the copyright permission from its owner to use it) and set to work. I used the mixed technique, encaustic, and egg tempera on small individual panels. Some were pre-treated with collage elements others were textured with a light relief, others were left untreated and simply gessoed. Each wooden piece measures 9 x 12.7 cm or 3 1/2 x 5 inches (that’s pretty small!). The assembled piece measures 44.5 x 63.5 cm or 17 1/2 x 25 inches. May 2011.