Tuesday, April 17, 2012

All Hail the Robot Army!

Near the end of 2011, my art practice began to turn on its head.  I began to push waaay outside my box...hell, I think I kicked that box in the side and took off running.  I have since been hesitant to share that work in this space for many, many reasons that I won't enumerate.  However, generally speaking, this new art exploration is in its most tender stages and I am protecting it like a mother hen guards her chicks.  I felt/feel this incredible surge of imagination, enthusiasm, and wonder and I didn't/don't want to taint those feelings by laying my studio open for all the Internet to see.  In addition, I am working closer to my heart than ever before and I do believe there is real value in keeping some work - perhaps a lot of work - private.

Then in marched the robot army...I have been gleefully constructing found object robots in advance of this Friday's sculpture lesson for my high school art students.  I can't stop myself!  Several kitchen items have been sacrificed in the pursuit of robot parts.  (I never used that silly tea strainer anyway and salt shakers?  Who needs 'em!?)

I have been doodling robots fairly steadily for almost a year now (see here and here as well.)  While I failed miserably at keeping up with Tammy's wonderful "Index-Card-a-Day" challenge over at the unparalleled Daisy Yellow, I did reignite a passion for illustration that has continued unabated.  Once I gathered the courage to stoke that fire, it has been burning brightly and fiercely, gaining traction every day.  In fact, I think I can safely say that I am drawing more now that I have in the entirety of my life.

A part of my new art explorations has been to find ways to transform my two-dimensional images into 3-D representations.  The robot army is a perfect example of my sketches jumping off the page and into real life.  I can't even begin to describe how much I love doing this sort of work.  Anyway, I thought I would share a quick pic of the robot army as it stands (they were very difficult creatures to photograph).  I have no doubt that the ranks will continue to swell with new recruits...


  1. Michelle, I love your robot army. They are fantastic. Finding something that you love so much and putting it out there is hard and maybe someone not liking it can be hurtful. BUT remember the feelings you have right now about it. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Its what you think and feel. It's your art no one elses. I think they are brillant.

  2. Friggin' Awesome.

  3. Oh, my goodness! I think I'm in love with your robots. What fun and what a fun lesson on sculpture for your high schoolers. Wish I was there!

  4. I love your robot army. They are so fun and cool!

  5. Note: This lovely comment came in from Melanie but with a misplaced click, I accidently deleted it while actually trying to publish it. I value every one of my comments so here's Melanie's contribution...thank you!

    "I think they are absolutely awesome! I would not even know where to begin doing something like that. They would look really great on display in a boy's room, or anywhere else for that matter. And the strainer and salt and pepper shakers, who needs them anyway!!!! Don't let what others think cloud your creative mind and heart. I know what I put out there may not always be enjoyed by everyone, but that will not stop me from creating. I left a message board at a scrapbook store because someone made fun of my pages in the most horrible way. I did not let that stop me from doing what I love. Keep your head up and follow your passion."

  6. Applause for the robot army. BRAVO!


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