Chrysalis is truly a mixed media piece that took on a life of its own during the creative process. It was a day of experimentation with mark making, texture buildup with gel medium and a variety of tools and found objects to create interesting patterns.
I love working on cradle-board as a substrate as it can be scrubbed, scraped, layered and processed endlessly. Knowing this often allows for a “no fear” attitude and for an artist this is a rare and liberating feeling. After the final washes of paint I stood back somewhat pleased however knew the magic element was missing, but what was it?
I had been experimenting with creating gel skins and only then remembered that I had saved my favourite in a sketchbook. The minute I laid the gelskin onto the finished surface of the cradle-board I felt as if I had emerged from a transitional state. I could envision the outer case enclosing a chrysalis splitting and the slow unfolding of the wings. I knew then that, without a doubt, this piece was complete.
Origin of chrysalis: early 17th century from Latin; chrysal (l)is, chrysal(id), from Greek khrusallis from khousog “ gold”, because of the gold colour or metallic sheen of some pupae.
The original artwork is featured below and is the piece that inspired our 'Chrysalis Society' wearable art collection.
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