I recently attended the Preview Party and Awards Presentation for the 2011 Art Melt at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge, LA. During the presentation, I was pleasantly surprised to see that as the very first award was presented, my painting “Trophy” suddenly flashed upon the screen. I received the Jurors’ Choice Award in which juror Kelli Scott Kelley gave a talk about my work. It was an honor just to be selected for the exhibition since these things can be tough to get into given the hundreds, sometimes thousands of entries juried competitions typically receive. So imagine my surprise when my work was announced for an award. And it gets better! Later on, I was called upon again for an Honorable Mention (which, again, I am honored, though I am surprised that a work can receive more than one award). All in all, it was a fun event and a great exhibit. And even if you missed the opening, the show will be up through August 28th so there is still plenty of time.
I’ve recently finished another small painting in the “In Our Veins” series. This one is titled “Trophy” and is 6 inches by 6 inches square, acrylic on canvas. I originally came up with this image while half-asleep- I often try to come up with concepts before falling asleep since it’s easier to be creative when you are relaxed. Anyway, the idea of these animal heads stacked on top of each other came to mind. One of the concepts I explore often through my work is the use of animals as a means to an end. In other words, they are not beings, just parts- legs, heads, rump, ribs, etc. With this painting, I decided upon trophies since we (we as in humans- I don’t do this personally) place animal heads on our walls or in a display case as a source of “pride.” The stacking of the heads reminds me of totem poles, which in turn makes me think of Native Americans. They would kill animals, yes, but at least they were not wasting anything and they didn’t kill animals to serve as trophies.
For a larger view of this painting, visit this direct link: AmyGuidry.com/Trophy. Be sure to check out the rest of this series while you are there.