|"Cycles of the Muse" by Cindy La Ferle|
"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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