Works in Oil, Acrylic, & Mixed Media by Kerri Eden
collage & mixed media
My favorite artistic shape has always been the circle. The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meanings. It represents the concepts of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, and universal symbolism.
The circle is the most primitive and rudimentary of all human inventions, and at the same time, the most dynamic. It is the cornerstone in the foundation of science and technology. It is the basic tool of all engineers and designers. It is used by the greatest artists and architects in the history of mankind..
These artworks celebrate the beauty of unappreciated mechanical miracles such as the humble washer. Using washers, found objects, rice paper, and other materials, along with acrylic and pencil, I devised these pieces to express the beauty of art and industry while telling a story.
Abstract for me is an exploration deep within. Painting with acrylics, with a brush, a knife, or pouring it directly on the surface allows each piece to capture the emotions and observations around me and to evolve in their own unique way.
ink & oil stick
Freedom in motion; I am one with the brush, uninhibited. There is something quite sensual about the density and richness of black ink. It hugs the paper, and when you let up on your brush it transititions beautifully, organically. I then go back in and play with negative and positive shapes and fill in areas with oil sticks.
Blowing Cat Tails
In 1910, Mary Phelps Jacob, a 19-year-old socialite, purchased a sheer evening gown for a debutante ball. The only acceptable undergarment at that time was the corset stiffened with whalebone. So she created the bra.
As a kid, like my younger brother, I enjoyed the freedom of being topless on those warm summer days. Until that one day. And why that day? Before going out to play my mother told me I had to start wearing a shirt. I remember thinking as I peered down at my chest that it looked exactly like my brother's, so why today?
What can I say…creating this was a blast!
Hand cut Paper
With no prior sketching, I simply begin cutting and let my hand and soul take over. Playing with positive and negative shapes with an abstract pattern gives me freedom to play. Choosing the right colors is important as all the pieces have to work together to enhance the 3D process which gives them depth and weight.
This process puts me in a great meditative space — The world goes silent around me and I am completely connected to creating these.
Mint Julep (SOLD)
Mating Call (SOLD)
oil stick & graphite
Working with oil sticks takes me back to my childhood. When I was learning to write, the teacher told me that if I pressed any harder with the pencil I would cut through the paper and create an entirely different classroom project! I used color crayons the same way. I really laid the color on thick so you could see the excess. This is how I play with oil sticks. They are big, fat, and rich with color and of course so much more satisfying than the tried-and-true crayola.