Honorable Mention!

Fansmith - Migrations #5

It is my pleasure to announce that my piece “Migrations #5” was awarded an honorable mention by juror Marla Brenner in River Arts, Inc’s 2nd Biennial Wings and Water exhibit in Prairie du Sac, WI.  I am proud to receive one of only five awards given at this show.  Thank you, River Arts!

The Green Man’s Cat

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2016

For a number of years I have been intrigued by the folklore, traditions and mythologies of the British Isles that underpin the legends of the Green Man. There are numerous depictions, representations and images of him, ranging from simple and basic to remarkably complex and detailed, but far fewer of his cat, and, to the best of my knowledge, this is the most accurate one. The Green Man’s Cat is a handpulled ink on paper collographic monoprint, matted and framed to 12” x 16”. $250.

Abstract Thoughts of a Butterfly

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2016

One evening after reading a review of an abstract art show, an article on butterfly migrations and watching part of a TV show on animal cognition, I found myself thinking about what butterflies think about. The result was Abstract Thoughts of a Butterfly a found object/recycled paper collage, which attempts to reflect my thoughts , and perhaps those of the butterflies. Matted and framed to 20” x 16”.

 

The Kingdom of the Spirits

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2016

The original idea for The Kingdom of the Spirits came from the March 2014 Smithsonian magazine cover story and illustrations about the search for Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea. However, as I researched it I came to realize that not just in New Guinea but in many cultures the decoration of human skulls is part of the spiritual and religious experience. As a result, I chose not to reflect any particular culture but rather to emphasize what I felt was common to them all: the dichotomy between the bright glittering light of the spirit world and the somber, muted colors of the physical world. The Kingdom of the Spirits is a mixed media/mosaic sculpture composed using a paper-mache skull, MDF, found wood, rocks, pebbles, rhinestones and glass beads. 10.5”H x 8”W x 10”D