What sort of art do you do?

I've always found this a little challenging to answer since it isn't easy to categorize what I do. I happened upon a website, thanks to a poster on Wet Canvas, called Interstitial Arts Foundation. It is described as "art that flourishes in the borderlands between disciplines, mediums and cultures. Art that blurs the divide between fine art and craft, high art and low. Art that crosses boundaries. Artists without borders."

According to Wikipedia it is: " .........work difficult to easily categorize or describe within a single artistic discipline"

That seems to describe me very well, don't you think?


Anway, here is my latest creative venture
It is based on a sketch I did a few years ago and is called "she clutched a chicken and crossed her eyes" (Literally, I asked my daughter to clutch a chicken and cross her eyes and bless her for being a good sport she did). This is a photo of just part of the image. I painted it on fabric and embellished it with embroidery (eyebrows and eyelashes), a silver earing, and small blue beads around the circle edge. It is hand quilted around the lips to help emphasize them. Below is a painting on wood I did years ago, so as you can see I am playing with a theme.

Comments

Angela said…
Great work! BOTH are wonderful!The expression on her face is outstanding!
I have to admit that it's hard for me to put my type of art in a catagory as well.
Personally, I think that's wonderful! When I look at your blog. It always surprises me to see what you've done next! I admire that! :) Keep it coming!
Dr.John said…
I like both pictures. Art is not at all the way I thouight it was.
jafabrit said…
angela, thanks and thanks for taking the time to comment :)

thanks dr.john, what did you think art was?
The Lone Beader said…
"Art is creating something out of nothing, then selling it".
Philip said…
I think the description fits your work very well. I think I told you that when I first came across your site I found it difficult to get my head around the eclectic mix of work. After visiting here for awhile, it all makes sense to me now and I am intrigued as to what you will do next.
jafabrit said…
"Art is creating something out of nothing, then selling it".

wow, wish that was true Lone Beader, my stuff rarely sells lol!

thanks phillip, I appreciate that. I think at first many people have the same reaction as you. I understand why.
Cynthia said…
Your daughter was a good sport! I'm not sure if mine would have held a dead chicken for me or for anyone else for that matter.

I'm going to have to check out your links too.
Cynthia said…
PS I'm putting the finishing touches on your aceo and will have it in the mail soon.
jafabrit said…
oh cynthia it wasn't a dead chicken eeeek! no! no! no! It was a fake one.
Can't wait to see the ACEO, that is very cool.thanks!
Anna Sellers said…
What a great site! Thanks.

This describes your work perfectly! You never know what you are going to see next. It's awesome!
Susie Q said…
That is what I really love about your work...it is exciting to see where it will lead me. What will come next...
LOVE the work we see today.
Very cool and interesting and fun...I can easily start creating a story for this lady in my head...

Love,
Sue
Janvangogh said…
I've looked at it a few times and have to say that I find it quite intense. Maybe even a little intimidating.
jafabrit said…
"I've looked at it a few times and have to say that I find it quite intense. Maybe even a little intimidating."

I'm confused, what are you referring to jan? the painting, the quilted sketch, or the Interstitial Art webwsite?
The Lone Beader said…
That quote was something Frank Zappa said. LOL
Philip said…
I had a look at the IAF web site but couldn't see much in the way of actual collaboration between the members? I see you are a new member so you may know more? Do you have any aims for collaborative work? Does it appeal? Any thoughts?
jafabrit said…
I can't answer your questions phillip, I joined but nobody seems to go there lol! I am not seeing much interaction or response. I think it is a great description of me as an artist, not sure whether I want to be part of a specific movement per se.
Will have to explore further.
Janvangogh said…
Hi Jaf. The top photo. Maybe it is because she seems more cross eyed than the painting below. Or could be that it just focuses more on that area.
LynClay said…
This is awesome work JB and I love those big eyes and the lips!!
susanna said…
Yes, I like Wikipedia's description of "Art". Where did you find your "she clutched a chicken and crossed her eyes?" idea? A book, a dream, an actual experience?
jafabrit said…
"she clutched a chicken" story.

I had a fake chicken and one day (5 years ago) I asked my daughter if she would clutch the chicken and cross her eyes for a photo. Don't know why, but it was one of those spontaneous moments. LOL!