Thursday, April 9, 2009

Figures, Faces, and Birds on Black Velvet


















Back in the studio yesterday, continuing to work on this new project. A book of Michelangelo's sculptures providing the figures and faces, and an old Audubon calendar providing the birds. Where is this going? I'm not certain...perhaps a story quilt, perhaps soft sculptural figures, maybe a combination...
What I do know is that it feels satisfying and right to be painting on velvet. How very odd. I was
I am also looking at Larry Rivers and Faith Ringgold right now, and will post about that next...

video

7 comments:

Susan Beauchemin said...

Mike has a great idea! Have a black velvet party/art opening. People provide you with the clothing--black velvet items--they pay you $111.11 to paint on their article of clothing that they are going to wear to the party/opening--black velvet ball. You only let 111 people buy tickets, you do 111 days of painting, hire 111 musicians that play 111 songs--that last 111 minutes each. Plan it for Jan, 11--start small, but then go big and charge big Hollywood wigs $1,111,111.11 and the money would then go to starving people of the world where they don't get to wear velvet dresses. Put the Velvet Underground back together and have them play. Bring Andy Wharhol and Jimmy Hendrix back from the dead just for the concert. Then take over the world and declare peace and happiness on every living thing.

Susan Beauchemin said...

Wait-- the songs would be 111 seconds not minutes. Peace and happiness for dead things too.

Jeane said...

Hi Martha, I have been a lurker on your blog for a long time and really admire your art - this velvet project is just so over the top! I love it - will look forward to seeing where it goes.

Kaitlyn Duggan said...

That video was really ominous Mom, don't like the scary way of it.

Martha Miller said...

hey sue & mike

you kooks! if you come to town and do the curating, counr me in! sounds like a groovy happening, man!

Martha Miller said...

hi jeane!

glad to have you lurking around here! yes, do stay tuned - i'm curious to see where it's going, too! :^)

Martha Miller said...

oh, kaitlyn - did not mean to do the scary way of it - SCARE! STRANGER! (no-one else will knw what this means except you and cory...)