Studio Notes for April 2014

The relative quiet of my winter has given way to a flurry of grant applications since early spring. Winning the Puffin Foundation grant last year for my “Lights & Shadows” installation has given me momentum to try again for funding my next project. It does not yet have a title, nor a location; but I want to create a grouping of wire acrobats on string and bamboo trapezes. Inspiration for this idea comes from one of the figures in my winter installation. Here is a photo of that sculpture:

Acrobat on Trapeze

The trapezes will form a variety of geometric shapes as a framing device for the organic figures. The acrobats will be simply one layer of fine, aviary wire netting. When they are lit, their shadows will appear as giant line drawings on the wall. I may enhance the sculptures and their shadows with my own life size graphite drawings of these acrobats! I hope to create another event within this environment of figures and shadows, this time with an aerialist dancer from the Bellingham Circus Guild.

I am also quite pleased about the five-minute video I have been working on with talented local videographer Wilson Large. Here are a few stills from the film, which should be ready in a few days. Stay tuned!

FB7A7256 Francie Allen 23802Still

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2 Responses to Studio Notes for April 2014

  1. Karen Everett says:

    Very interesting!

  2. Barbara says:

    Francie, you continue to evolve and capture us all in your imagination and creativity. Kudos and keep on truck’in – or danc’in.

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