Mythic Ephemera is an artscape that was commissioned by Spaceworks Tacoma for windows in their new project, 1120 Creative House. This project is a shared studio located at 1120 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, WA. Having been accepted into the Spaceworks Tacoma Artscape program for the 2015 schedule I was so excited when I was asked to be the first artist for this space.
The windows at 1120 Creative House are much larger than many of the other artscape display areas so I need to rethink the original idea I had for an artscape. Pretty quickly I came up with the idea of created large jointed paper dolls. As the idea developed I thought of other bits of ephemera I could create around the dolls and I decided to draw a scene directly onto the windows themselves.
The paper dolls all measure around 4.5 feet tall. They are constructed using bamboo paper which is joined with sheet adhesive to patterned paper which I designed and had printed through Spoonflower. The fronts of each doll are hand-drawn and colored using ink. gouache, paint markers, watercolor, and colored pencil. All of the other bits of paper ephemera are made the same way including the paper garlands.
The dowels, pom poms, and crocheted hangers were all made by my 11-year-old daughter, Isadora Fleminger Rier. Isadora also drew the ground pattern and dress patterns on the window illustration. The hanging of the project was orchestrated by my husband, Joel Fleminger. All project photos were taken by Joel, Isadora, and myself.
The piece hung in the space April & May 2015. Additionally a small selection of drawings were displayed alongside of the installation including: And Each Was Cherished, Dream Composition #3, and Glory, Glory. You can also read an interview with me on the Spaceworks Tacoma website.
A selection of these dolls also hung in shows at the Alberta Studios in Portland, OR and The Fireplace Gallery in Gresham, OR later in 2015.
March 16, 2015
Commissions, Drawing, Installations/Sculptures