I wrote this for the All Dolls Art Art Newsletter but thought I would share it here too!
I was recently asked what inspired my artwork and as I sat
to write the reply I realized there was no one answer. There has been so many things in my life that
have lead me to where I am in my artwork at this moment. So much inspires us as
we go through life everyday, some that we are conscious of and some that we are
not. The sight of a rusty fence, a beautiful antique cabinet, the smell of
rain, or a song on the radio.
For me that song was Uprising by Muse. I was working in a high-pressure
corporate management job that was sucking the life out of me. It should have
been a creative job but being in management, all the rules, and forms, and
meetings left no room for creativity. I secretly nicknamed the Vice President
the Soul Sucker. I had a really long drive to and from work every day where I
began to imagine a rebellion of souls that could rise up and take their creativity
back. Like in the song lyrics, by Muse, “Interchanging mind
control, Come let the revolution take it's toll, If you could flick a switch
and open your third eye, You'd see that…”
Creating the Steampunk Soul dolls brought together
everything that inspired me. No rules and the endless possibilities of mixed
media, allowed me to use my love of painting and sculpting. I could incorporate
the vintage items that I love so much. After the rules and confinement of the
corporate world I decided that I wanted no rules in my artwork. Who says that
they had to have 2 eyes? Or two arm? Why couldn’t one be a beautiful antique
key? The feeling of freedom was liberating!
I began to see things in a different perspective. What was
once just a rusty spring became an arm. Vintage metal sewing machine feet,
became…well feet, lol. Gears and clock parts became eyes to show how the Souls
were part machine. How the Soul Sucker’s castle of corporation had
industrialized them. Walking through a flea market or antique store was a
treasure trove of ideas. Objects that I had no idea what they were originally,
found new purpose in my artwork. I started digging through my husband’s
toolbox. You won’t believe all the cool things you can find in there!! Soon
after that, family and friends were bringing me items that they thought I might
be able to use in my artwork. Boxes now arrive from Internet friends which I
LOVE! It’s like a whole treasure box! The Souls evolved into their rebellious
army, helping me to take back my creativity and freeing me of the soul sucker
and the castle of corporation.
So the next time someone asks you what inspired you to
create your artwork, think of all the things that came together over your
creative journey, I think you will be surprised to find that it wasn’t just
that one song, or that one paint color but a combination of experiences that
led you to the place you are right now in your creativity.
Somehow I fell behind on my blog! I try to keep up with it, these days there seems to be so many places to post, it gets a bit overwhelming! I feel like I need an assistant just to keep up with all the social media LOL! So Alice has already sold, but I thought those of you that do not come to my facebook page might like to see her! and following hot on her heels is The Red Queen of Hearts!
I'm like most artists, I've been creating something for as long as I can remember. I have explored many types of media and love experimenting with new things. Mixed media seems to be where my heart belongs. I can combine my love of painting, sculpting, adding found object all into one. The Steampunk Soul series evolved after I took a job with a corporation--the Soul Sucker. I hope you enjoy my artwork! xo Michele