I feel compelled to make sculptures out of newspaper. NEWSPAPER?! I know, I know. For a long time, I hid behind the title "Mixed Media Artist" because I embarrassed to be making art out of old, icky newspaper. I am fully aware that making art in a process similar to paper mâché would be questioned by the fine art world. But God, the greatest Creator of all, redeemed the process of reshaping newspaper into a beautiful tribute to humanity.
What began to captivate me in the process of creating, is that newspapers began to transform from inexpensive, dirty materials into a valuable, pliable medium. Newspapers are filled with stories of people, this we know. People in our community and around the globe. I find myself in-between sections of work reading articles about things that are happening all around me. From tragic and heartbreaking, to heroic and heartwarming. As I reshape the paper, I pray. Sometimes I pray with tears running down my cheeks, and sometimes with a smile on my face. God revealed to me that I am doing important work, regardless of fine art's opinions. I take stories of people and reshape them into artwork that speaks to people.
I'm using what I have been given, to create and continue a conversation.
God speaks to my heart.
My art speaks of my heart.
My pastor says that blessings follow obedience. I am loving the blessings from making art His way.
Plus what I'm doing is totally GREEN and environmentally friendly. That makes me happy as well.
Not everything I make is made out of newspaper; other artsy things that I LOVE:
Power tools. Washers. Hubcaps. Metal scraps. Wire.
Finding treasures and new purposes for things that people discard.
Old fence wood. New fence wood. Wood period.
Everyday objects used in conceptual and significant ways.
Cardboard! OMG, I looooove Cardboard.
MY CAMERA and all things photography!
Mosaics and tiles. Glue. Cardstock. Swarovski crystal. Glitter.
You. Me. Your mom. Whatever.
I like it.
Mixed media, unconventional, conceptual art is my JAM! I love it!
Smiling and having fun are also my loves.
Heidi is also the Art Coordinator at Page Robbins Adult Day Center
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