by Teresa Arnoldson for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: Starry Night, Sunflowers, and Self Portrait

Inspiration Artist: Vincent Van Gogh

The idea came to me while looking at various famous pieces of art. I picked three of Van Gogh's paintings because he has always been one of my favorite artists. My concept was that since these ideas came from Van Gogh's mind, I put two of his most famous paintings, Starry Night and Sunflowers, inside of a depiction of one of his self portraits. I started by creating a wire armature out of the steel wire and covering it in Chavant modeling clay to make the face. Then I took a paper clip and etched out finer details into the clay. I painted the outside of face to look like Van Gogh's Self Portrait and the Starry Night picture on the inside of the face with acrylic paints. After that, I made a pot out of the Sculpey polymer clay and fired it in the oven. When it came out, I let it cool and then painted it. I glued a piece of floral foam block inside of the pot and painted some shredded newsprint green and I put it in the pot as well. I made the flower out of paper maché pulp, made from the shredded newsprint. I glued it together and painted it with the acrylic paints. I filled up empty space inside of the pot with more painted newsprint. I stuck it on a piece of steel wire and stuck the completed flower into the floral foam block that was inside of the pot. I glued the pot into the bottom of the face. I made the base out of two pieces of hardwood and when it dried I painted it to look like the background of the Self Portrait piece. Finally, I glued the completed face onto the base. It took me about two months to complete the entire piece.