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Cycles of the Muse

"Cycles of the Muse" by Cindy La Ferle
Inspired by a slip of paper in a Chinese fortune cookie, "Cycles of the Muse" is a tribute to the creative process -- and a playful nod to Sandro Botticelli, one of my favorite Renaissance artists. I was happy to learn last week that it was selected for the Michigan Annual XLII Art Exhibition, which opens at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens January 30. Detroit artist Andy Krieger is the juror.

"Cycles of the Muse" combines many recycled elements: two thrift shop picture frames, broken costume jewelry, metal scraps, twigs, and bird feathers. (The "shell" from which this Venus emerges is actually a tin can lid I found in the street, while the crown on her head is an electronic scrap I swept from the floor of the studio space I share with my husband.) 

As a writer, I look for the beauty in ordinary life – and I try to bring that same sensibility to my artwork. I believe broken and tarnished things are magical, and that each one has its own story to tell. Over the years I've also learned that creative dry spells come and go, and that fallow time is as important to the process as bursts of productivity. 

And what about the fortune from the Chinese cookie? If you look closely at the lower left of the piece, you'll see that it reads, "On Friday, your creative side will shine forth with exceptional ideas." Botticelli would have been thrilled to find that one in his fortune cookie, I'll bet. 

The Michigan Annual exhibit runs through March 30. 
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  1. Cindy, this piece is gorgeous. It's so great that Doug is in the show, too. I am very familiar with the Mount Clemens art center and will be sure to visit the exhibit. Congratulations on Cycles of the Muse. It speaks to me on so many levels.

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  2. It's such a beautiful piece, yet I imagine seeing an image of it doesn't do it justice. Creating it must have brought you so much pleasure, and then to have it chosen for a competition!

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  3. So very beautiful Cindy! I truly love your found elements and the depth you have created here.
    Congratulations and best wishes with the show~

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