December 30, 2017
Matting and Framing – Recycling and Repurposing
Last night I finished matting and framing the paintings for the upcoming solo exhibit of Mandalas and Dala Art at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center, New Jersey. The exhibit runs January 16, 2017 to March 10, 2017.
I am being extremely frugal these days, recycling mats, frames and glass. I’m even cutting up paintings I’m not attached to that have hung in more than three previous exhibits. Necessity is definitely the mother of invention.
The intent of the paintings hung in the hallways at the cancer center is to create an environment conducive to healing. Both the mandalas and the dala art are created in a calm, meditative state. Regardless of the subject matter, that state of being one with my surroundings shines through in the geometry of the mandalas and the quirkiness of the dala art.
Most openings of the mats I’m recycling were often too large or too small for the paintings, forcing me to find something to fill the gaps. In addition to repurposing abstract paintings, I decided to use up some of the handmade paper and silk ribbons from my handmade card making days.
The result is a collection of playful, contemplative paintings that I hope will bring a smile to the faces of those passing through the hallways on their way to and from their treatment. Perhaps they will bring home with them a new way to see their own world in a playful, joyful way.
A border can also be created as part of the painting. I plan to explore this possibility further.
The curator, Michael Fenton, will have about thirty framed pieces to choose from. I believe the exhibit space will hold about twenty pieces.
Through these chilly winter month, I hope to warm the hearts of others. Happy New Year!