Here is the phoenix that I created by melting a pit of plastic together, but mostly by covering every inch of everything in candy wrappers with my glue gun. The phoenix is a symbol of rebirth, and it seemed fitting to give new meaning to garbage materials by turning them into this legendary bird.
This year Fort McMurray of Alberta, Canada was almost completely destroyed by wildfires, and now the city is starting to rebuild again.
I named the phoenix Murray.
The one time when I’ve liked the final result better than the design proposal. This is my completed painted chair for Airdrie’s AIRdirondack Art Project. 12 chairs were made by different artists, and right now they are all posted on an online auction until the end of September to raise money for the arts community. It’s very exciting! Here is the online auction: https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/26155/auctions/31252?reset_filter=1
This is my favourite chair to date because I kept things loose – the design, the way I painted, the flow and mix of colour and paint, I painted in a way that felt natural. My previous chairs had very gridded designs that had to be painted crisp and even. I had more fun painting this one, for sure. Also, I finally made the back of the chair as cool as the front of the chair (something I saw other artists do last year and boy does it make for a more compelling chair!) I actually started painting the back first, to make sure I did it, haha.