In a few days, this art piece will be on its way to Oregon as part of the “Liberate Your Art” postcard swap sponsored by Kat Sloma of Kat’s Eye View. From there, copies will be stamped, addressed and then liberated into the world, finding their way to five of my fellow swap participants. Over 1500 pieces of art will be launched through this effort. Sometime in July, five postcards from five different artists will arrive in my mailbox here in Ohio; small beacons of creativity from like-minded artists.
I like the idea of my art making its way randomly into the world. To perhaps brighten someone’s day; to be a tiny reminder of the daily beauty that surrounds us. So how do you create for someone you don’t know and haven’t yet met? You want this postcard to be something rather special and unique; something that captures a small piece of who you are as an artist; something that shares your creative vision with the future viewer.
I have been experimenting with using my photographs to play with reality and perspective; to create an alternate view of the world that will engage the viewer in wondering “is that real?”. The individual parts of this creation do physically exist – the arches, the sky – but the arrangement of those elements was purposefully transformed into a new combination. I like the way the arches appear to be both concave and convex, almost at the same time. And the way they appear to be floating in the sky. The strong symmetry of the composition and converging diagonals lead your eye into the center. Hopefully, this piece will draw you in because you wonder what is beyond that opening.
The arch image was simply duplicated and then flipped using the transform function. These layers were then aligned, centered and merged. I then used a layer mask to paint out the areas where you see the sky, which was copied into the bottom layer.
Many thanks to Kat for being the creative force behind this swap. There is a lot of work that goes into managing an undertaking of this magnitude. Because of her generous spirit, art will shared around the world and new connections will be made. Who knows what good will come of this artful effort?