Incite Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media
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All of these are embodied in the premier edition of Incite. The 93 artists behind these incredible works (more than 120 total!) share their stories of artistic visions fulfilled, lofty goals achieved and daunting obstacles overcome.
From persevering through personal struggles to mastering difficult mixed-media techniques, from collage and encaustic to assemblage and jewelry, the stories and art in Incite, Dreams Realized will inspire you to think big, never give up and dare to realize your own dreams.
MORTON SALT Abby Feinknopf | 23" × 22" (58cm × 56cm) | fabric selvage base, vintage flour, salt and sugar sacks Setting goals remains critical to me as a self-taught artist. One of my early goals was to exhibit my work in a particular gallery. That opportunity came by chance, and Morton Salt was one of the pieces in that first show! It still sends me a strong message. The central, circular motif has a nautical feel, reminding me of a ship’s wheel. I always envision a white-uniformed captain
getting free rides as a young child!) I also used some old lace that was my great-grandmother’s. On top of the personal pieces, I stenciled and painted the blossoms, which represent my life unfolding and blossoming into what I am today. SINGING MY SONG Laura Lein-Svencner | 36" × 36" (91cm × 91cm) | collage on canvas Making the decision to create a large body of work wasn’t as difficult as finding my own artistic voice was. Turning inward and really listening to what was being said, I set
of surprise. Blossoms on Blue was taking itself too seriously until I began layering in the various papers. Then it was no longer just a vase of flowers. It became an exuberant, voluptuous cluster of color and pattern worthy of closer inspection. I find that keeping a strong sense of play in mind frees me to work spontaneously, intuitively letting the art unfold. CAT TV Elyse Marie Frederick | 30" × 32" (76cm × 81cm) | acrylic paint, oil pastel, colored pencil, paper, wood, glue, ceramic
piece, his furry family grew to six cats, complicating my idealized plan. The challenge to fit an increased audience in my once-perfect composition actually added to the uniqueness of the scene. My experimental process also evolved as I combined different mediums and techniques to achieve the effect I wanted; each medium had its own personality to convey and contribute to a distinct “family” of mixed media. Previously I had kept mediums separate, but the unexpected additions forced me to work in
Interpretations The dreams one has at night are often re-expressed in the art one creates from the imagination, because the imagination is no stranger to the dream. Conversely, many artists fall into a dreamlike state when they are in the flow of creation, and the art that comes out of them is as intuitive as any dream the subconscious works up. Pat Stevens understands how dreams are a combination of emotions, symbols and seemingly mysterious messages: “By using nontraditional materials and new