When you work with a wet medium, you have a lot of dry time (aka down time). I literally can't just sit there and watch paint dry. Having a side project has been an engaging way to expand my art practice. It gives me a space to experiment and play.
I initially met Claire (Apotspot) via another rad creative Elsa (aka Flora Noble) who organized a group show based around adding art on top of Claire's concrete planters. I put off the project for a while. I had the planters on my working table staring at me and reminding me that I didn't know what to do. After some solid thumb-twiddling, I found my flow once I got some acrylic pens.
With my art practice, I am interested in translating the landscape around me. The concrete pot's that Claire makes have such a fantastic texture that they become a map of their own. Adding my layer on top built an additional map overlay of sorts. A lot of the obsessions I have around repetition, contrast, and value appear naturally within the concrete. Our styles amplify the other. Plus, houseplants are my jam. I'm actively trying to convert my home into a jungle.
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We decided to collaborate for reelz and will be selling the planters at the Portland store Bedizen. Here is a preview. Get in touch if you're interested in buying one. It is a limited quantity run, but maybe we'll do more if this batch goes well.