“The Language of Clams” 2011

Language of Clams

I have been making art using memories and feelings from dreams and my life and childhood.  Turtles, fish and other natural images continue to inspire me.  I love painting and looking into an imaginary world.  This is part of a series I’m working on about the language of clams.  The characters in the piece are derived from shapes on the shell of Lioconcha hieroglyphica, a South Pacific Clam.  It looks like writing and made me wonder what their language would look like, or feel like (happy of course). This image is made from acrylic crackle paste, paint, gels and glazes with gold acrylic appliqués made with a stencil from the shapes on the clamshell.


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One response to ““The Language of Clams” 2011”

  1. Cathie Flahr says:

    When I first saw this painting I liked it; then I read the title and liked it more. It reminded me of my first experience with clams on the west coast. I got out of my kayak on the very wet shore just after the tide went out and was torpedoed by gysers popping up intermetently underfoot by burrowing clams. Your whisps of gold swirling across this painting brings that image to my mind. I like your technique very much.

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