Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Giant spiders, wax and wood


I wanted to go to the McColl Center of Visual Art for the crazy, giant spider sculpture, which was crazy and giant and worth a visit. (Mel Chin is the artist.)

But what I really fell in love with was the beautiful, intricate wax work by artist-in-residence Natalie Abrams.


Oceanic, ethereal, coral reefs and oil spills and beauty, beauty, beauty.


Wax and wood and that's it. The exhibit wasn't lit except by natural light creeping in from far-away windows for fear the art would start to melt. I came for the spider, but I left loving the unexpected magic of sculpted wax art on a simple wood panel.

13 comments:

Yvonne - Winter Moon said...

Lovely artwork - that spider is bloody impressive!

Mica said...

beautiful artwork! That spider is still a little scary looking for me though, haha! :)


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Laura Go said...

WHOA-- I LOVE that spider! It's such a gorgeous sculpture!

Connie said...

Oh I love spiders! You look like a tasty meal!

Isabel said...

im afraid of spiders so the sculpture is a bit creepy to me lol


Isabel @ Walk of Fashion

Jessica said...

Such impressive pieces of art.

Tracy @ www.sunnydaystarrynight.com

Vix said...

That's cool - and I hate spiders! x

Teddi said...

i can only imagine that wax work was super sigh worthy. great description!

Cee said...

That sculpted wax piece is truly remarkble - especially from close up! Although the spider is pretty awesome, too :)
xox,
Cee

Jessica Cangiano said...

You brave lady, you! I'm super afraid of spiders (well, large ones at least) and though this is of course not real, am not sure if I could muster the courage to stand beneath it. Hmmm, I'd try to give a go though! :)

That wood art is really captivating. It reminds me of an art project my mom used to do with my siblings and I sometimes when we were kids on which we'd melt crayon shavings on parchment (or perhaps wax paper - I haven't made one since I was a wee little girl, I can't recall for sure) in the oven to create fun kaleidoscopic designs.

♥ Jessica

Franca said...

the spider is aceness!

Ofelia said...

Remarkable works of art!

natalie abrams said...

thank you so much for the lovely comments on my work! i'm so sorry you didn't stop in my studio to ask me about it though. i'm sure the reason the lights were off was just an oversight on the gallery staff. the work has no adverse reaction to light or temperatures until it starts approaching 160+ degrees, at which point the work melting is probably the least of your concerns.