I’m finally able to reveal my latest commission! I designed and painted a ‘talking board’ as gift from a friend, Anthems of the Undesirable owner Ryan, to his tattoo artist girlfriend. It’s a bit tricky to tell from the photos but there are silver, gold and glitter elements that reflect light. As you can see in my process picture, I mainly used a mix of Matisse and Liquitex acrylics. It is painted on cradled masonite prepared with a slight canvas like texture and varnished with a gloss spray several times to protect the surface. I did all the lettering free hand, which was a pain, but ultimately gratifying.
To read more about different types of spirit boards and their history I recommend the Museum of Talking Boards. I did not make the planchette. It was purchased by a wood worker on Etsy, Lord Mock Designs, and is actually more of an automatic writing device. A pencil can be placed in the opening. If the planchette is placed on paper the pencil then writes what the ‘channelled spirit’ wishes to communicate…or something like that. I created a third leg for the piece so that it doesn’t require a pencil and then painted the blank wood to match the rest of the board.
This is adding more to my theme of occult toys, but is officially my second totally customized one. The first was my Vision Engine painted kaleidoscope. It would be really fun to have a small show of just painted and functional toys.
I wish I could make it to Miami this year for Art Basel. The city turns into an art gallery. I will have two of my paintings, Unfold and Bloom and Sybilline, in a warehouse show in the Wynnewood district of Miami along with my husband and many other artists.
Visit Multiversal’s Facebook page to learn more about the event.
The Spirit Board Show also got some mentions on two contemporary art blogs I love and follow. Read and preview the show at Creepmachine and HiFructose!
I’m excited and wish I could attend! Some of my work will be on display at San Francisco’s Articulated Gallery this November!
The show will open Saturday, November 15. If you are in the area you should definitely stop by! I’m extremely honored to be asked to participate by JL Schnabel Leva, especially for a show about spirit boards, my favorite subject!
Please also check out the Facebook event page for the show and RSVP if you will be attending.
Saturday, November 15, 2011
“Spirit Board” Group Art Show
Articulated Gallery is very excited to announce our November group art show “Spirit Board”, opening November 5th at 8pm-11pm.
DJ’s WhITCH & NAKO will be providing the music for the evening.
Curated by Artist / Art Writer / Jewelry Designer JL Schnabel.
Featuring works centered around the infamous “Haunted Boards” from…..
Allyson Mellberg Taylor
Dave Miller Weeks
Kelly Louise Judd
Reception will be 8pm-11pm, November 5th, beverages and treats will be served.
Many artists will be in attendance. :)