After a small hiatus from making any significant work of the “fine art” variety, I’ve promised myself to be much more productive this year. Last month my big accomplishment was finishing this multimedia art piece:
LeviaGan is the first of three cryptozoological pieces I’m planning to make in the few months. It’s a cross between a giant squid and a mastodon, and is named after the Leviathan and Ganesha. Not only is it a hybrid animal, the artwork itself is a hybrid piece. For years I have painted, drawn, made collages, and taken photos. Whenever I wanted to put some sort of show together I ended up with a bunch of pieces of various media that didn’t seem to fit together stylistically. I’ve decided to remedy that by making pieces that involved all four media. For this piece I glued one of my photographs onto a wood panel, pasted various collage pieces on top, painted over it all with oils, painted the animal, and then drew in added details and highlights with various pens.