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Art of the Day: Saturday August 19, 2017

Sold - The Girl With the X-Ray Eyes - Light Box

- by Shawn Marie Hardy

This week's theme: Luck of the Draw

Every so often we go to the EBSQ Galleries, pick a random word, type it into the search box and see what the search returns. This week Art of the Day did a search for "light" and this week's selections are but seven of the many pieces of art we had to choose from.

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Art: Sold - The Girl With the X-Ray Eyes - Light Box by Artist Shawn Marie Hardy
When I was a child I made an insect cemetery. Over time it grew and it also became the final resting place for the occasional frog or bird. Sometime during those years I sent away for a pair of x-ray glasses after seeing an ad in a comic book. I couldn't wait to see through walls and into places the eyes can't penetrate, and of course I knew I would also be able to see through people's clothes. Much to my dismay, the glasses didn't work, but perhaps this is what I would have seen had they been real.

This mixed-media piece was done using a frame that I turned into a light box. I simply turned it upside down and placed the glass at the back instead of the front. I put fairy lights behind it for the glowing affect. Tissue paper is attached to the front and wrapped around the sides of the glass using Golden Soft Gel Medium. Circles were cut out of the paper so the bugs could be seen through the glass. The bugs are photo images that are glued down to tissue paper, then attached to the back of the glass - they are underneath the earth and are viewed through the glass. I used a highly textured pumice medium to give the paint a more earthy look and spread it around the "burrows" so they would resemble nests. I used Golden acrylics and photo images of coneflowers, as well as silk leaves along the borders. The glass in this piece represents a window where one can peek into places unknown.

The most fun part of all is the glow-in-the-dark paint that I spread on the underside of each burrow. In darkness they glow a lovely phosphorescent green!

Detail Images

Detail Image for art Sold - The Girl With the X-Ray Eyes - Light Box

In the Dark with fairy lights on

Detail Image for art Sold - The Girl With the X-Ray Eyes - Light Box

With the fairy lights off

Detail Image for art Sold - The Girl With the X-Ray Eyes - Light Box

After all the lights are turned out


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