Creating Ootid Evolution

People are often interested in how I make my artwork. I just added a new piece to my shop, and I wanted to use it as an example of my process. Keep reading to see how I created my new artwork, Ootid Evolution.

Creating artwork is a process of exploration for me. I start with a general impression in mind, and then I start working with shapes, colors, and textures until I find the desired effect.

For this piece, I wanted to go big and bold. I used large aluminum shapes and fitted them together into arrangements that evoke cellular structures. Once I had them arranged how I wanted, I welded them together into larger “shape accumulations.”

At the same time, I was working on ideas for the background. I started with a beautiful sheet of patinated copper. Then I added other materials and elements alongside it. I wanted to get away from purely linear elements, so I added several brightly-colored “tongues.”

When I put it all together, the aluminum shapes, bolted on top of the background, float over the mixed media textures of the background.

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