Primitive Gestures (Part I)

Today I’ll be sharing a small series of work that I created for the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show.

"eclipse" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

"eclipse" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

My inspiration for these pieces were the primitive cave and rock drawings made by our long-past ancestors. Even then, with their hands and rudimentary tools, people had the urge to create, communicate and share their life through art. Some of the markings I used on these works were taken from books about the rock drawings, a few were combined to create new symbols and some were from my imagination.

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

Similar to making designs in the muddy earth, each piece in this series originated with concrete being applied by hand to wood panels, with lots of symbols, marks and texture being etched into them. Just as the passage of time concealed many of the original rock drawings, more concrete was drizzled and dropped on top of the original design to give it feeling of age. Once dry it was topped off with multiple layers of color and acrylic glaze. A final coat of white was used to further veil the design.

fire & water, mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

fire & water, mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

"emergence" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker

"emergence" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed, $175 © lynne medsker

"planting cycles" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10 $85 © lynne medsker

"planting cycles" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

I’ll share the rest of this series with you in my next post!

 

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