Indeed, on the "sister blog" to this one, Artdog Chronicles, I've been doing a fair amount of reframing as I study the problem of how to reform schools in the U.S. If you'd like to see some of my metaphorical reframing, I have the first and second parts of my multi-part "Thought Experiment" posted so far.
But I also have been doing quite a lot of literal reframing: of my artwork, in the last few months. And in art, as in other things, the reframing came as the result of a challenge. In my case, the challenge was a wall: specifically a long, empty wall at the Leawood Pioneer Library that I needed to fill with artwork.
|The Challenge: a large, empty wall at the Leawood Pioneer Library.|
|Treetop Primaries, 12X12", is my largest|
paper sculpture piece to date.
A good example is Windblown. I had finished the piece in August of 2010, and designed it specifically to fit into a small shadowbox I had purchased earlier that summer. When it debuted in my "Work: In Progress" show at the Central Resource Library that September, the tiny 5X5" frame fit on a display shelf with several others. I was fairly pleased with it artistically, but you couldn't say it had much "presence."
|In its original, 5X5" frame, Windblown didn't exactly have a lot of "presence."|
"3-D Art by Jan Sherrell Gephardt" show at the Antioch Library in February 2011, and stand up to the wall and the other pieces in the Westwood City Hall show in March 2011.
In both art and life, reframing can offer major advantages!
Note: All photos are by Jan Sherrell Gephardt, of her own artwork.