Michelle Hedgecock, Artist | Nature Muse | Creativity Workshops
"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."~Sir John Lubbock
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Thursday, March 4, 2010
The desert tortoise is one of 12 reptiles threatened by global warming, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. They were once as numerous as 1,000 torts per square mile in the Mojave Desert. Loss of habitat and raven predation are immediate threats but biologist believe global warming/climate change could add disease, fire, predation & new habitat threats.
This is my piece I submitted to the Climate Change and the California Desert art contest/show. My first time doing this, I am excited and nervous—the other submissions are incredibly wonderful, artistic, beautiful. But I’m very excited to be a part of something so environmentally important, as an artist! A big step for me.
The original piece I had planned on submitting exceded the size limit—it felt like the perfect fit, but once I received the details for entries I realized it was going to be too big, and scaling down wasn’t an option. I was crushed! After a loving pep talk from my hubby, I thought, maybe I’m supposed to submit something else? I decided to go for it again, and try to get another piece in on time—crazy!!! Forcing myself to take this opportunity under a deadline was a source of inspiration in itself, and the entire process evolved into “Tortoise Medicine” which was born exactly when it was meant to be, as my grandma told me. It was fun to create something in direct response to the guidelines, as far as the theme; as I worked on it, the concept morphed and soon evolved into many layers of climate change-related symbology for me. Such fun!
I am told our works will be on exhibit intermixed with the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle art exhibit. I can’t wait to visit it, the chance to see my art in a place I love and in the company of other found artists. Pretty cool experience already! (Despite the nerves LOL) I will be sure to update, “win or lose” although it’s already a win for me that I finally jumped in as a full-fledge artist :)
If you’re a Coachella Valley/High Desert local, go to this event! The show runs through April 24, 2010. It’s a lot of fun, very inspiring!
Found bike wheel; found auto parts/washers (embedded in hatchlings); found toaster oven knob; scrap wire; quartz crystal, can lids; stone beads; clay; acrylic
UPDATE: I am thrilled to report that I received an Honorable Mention! There were 21 amazing artists who participated, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cash awards, and 3 HM's! I also got to meet some wonderful new friends and can't wait to be a part of other events likes this!
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Found Art Tuesday
The Found Art Tuesday (FAT) project was started (October 2006) by the generously kind and talented artist, Rosa Murillo. Her inspired project has grown into an open group of artists creating art for the love of art--and leaving these personal offerings in public places for fellow souls to find! It is a community about "adding to the unpredictable excitement of life & making the world a better place through artwork."
Be sure to visit the Found Art Tuesday Flickr group to see what others have created, and found! I especially encourage you to express your artistic side and join in the spirit of F.A.T.--it is a FUN addiction ;)
"Ocotillo Woman" - FOUND!
F.A.T. release "Ocotillo Woman" - FOUND on Eisenhower Trail, Palm Desert, CA. Click photo for more details..
Thank you for visiting my blog :) I hope you enjoy what you find here, I hope to inspire your creative spirit. I am inspired by junking in the desert, nature, people, oddities, and other (perhaps questionable) things. I love leaving art anonymously in public places and on trails for people to find (Found Art Tuesday). You can also find me as the "Nature Muse," guiding fellow creatives in fun and inspiring creativity workshops often held in--or at least inspired by--beautiful natural areas. I love sharing alternative creativity exercises to keep our creative energies evolving and growing. I especially enjoy spending time with fellow creatives like you, learning from your creative process and inspired ideas! Creative expression is a daily gift from our soul, stop trying to figure out what's inside and let's just unwrap it...