For the larger piece, I simply added numbers and name.... The 2006 Forest Heath Report created by the Alaska Division of Forestry listed that 457,882 acres of Alaskan aspen forests were suffering from leaf miner infestation.
And who could make clever, sciency art without a little Latin thrown in? I like the silver leaf on the back and the green acrylic ink words on the front. (I have a friend who used to paint on glass and I thought she was crazy for using such a damned breakable surface....but now I get it. Painting on glass feels goooood.) Bugheart, creative, thrifty soul that she is didn't quite use silver leaf.....if you look at those leaf edges, you'll realize what this is.... How much gum have you been chewing, bh?
And finally, the second artwork, "20/20 Hindsight." Again, I didn't have far to go to finish this. I got plexiglas to seal the front, carefully drilling holes in the fragile corners so I could nail it in place without too much trauma. (Didn't have small screws...urgh!) I put bugheart's glycoside model on 'my' side, over leaves painted into the surface. Her side was so rich with info and detail (and even 2 little leaf miner carcasses!) that I didn't want my side to compete with it.
The show opens this week.....
I'll let ya'll know how it went.