In this panel, I’ve put dinosaurs with shadows on a background of green, leafy plants set against a branching structure. I’m hoping to convey the complexity in evolution, as time passed. The outlines represent extinction.
I know some time has elapsed since I posted about the last panel, but fear not, I have been working away! I finished panel IV this week. I’m calling it “The Oceans are Teeming.”
This is a story told in stroboscopic post hole moments. I hope the leaps I’m making aren’t too grand. In this panel, there are some small fish at the bottom, but as your gaze travels upwards, the number and complexity of organisms increases. Note that the fish don’t fit tidily. They are pushing out of the boundaries of the space they are allotted.
Most of the fish on this panel were cut out (during my daughter’s swim lessons, which I found rather apropos), but I did create a trio of jellyfish, one lone octopus, and a little squad of cuttlefish. A treat for someone who stays to linger a moment or two extra.
Next up: dinosaurs and an abstract allusion to evolution. Hopefully that will be done much more quickly.
I was reminded the other day that I had not posted this yet. Sorry! Family life overtook me for a while there and I forgot to blog.
This panel represents black smokers, where early life was thought to have originated. I felted roving on top of silk to create the black smokers which I then appliqued onto the background. Then there was white silk sticking out, so I painted around the edges with a metallic blue fabric paint. I also put a big plume of smoke in the middle, its base hidden.
The ribbon that is couched on represents streams of smoke or bubbles. I fused some very small metallic pieces I picked up at Scrap DC to represent those early single celled organisms. They start out small in number, but as they rise to the top, they become much more numerous. Look for this theme in future panels, as populations rise and create tension over habitat space.
These are tweets of the black smoker in progress:
— Dragon Smith (@artcollisions) May 11, 2015
— Dragon Smith (@artcollisions) May 20, 2015
— Dragon Smith (@artcollisions) June 2, 2015
— Dragon Smith (@artcollisions) June 16, 2015
Last month I brought you the Big Bang. The next phase in my story is a little quieter, but equally as dramatic. Primordial Soup is where elements appear and combine and DNA pops out! The DNA is made of wire and beads and really does stand out from the quilt base. All the crystals represent different elements and some molecules. I lost count of how many crystals I used, but I’m pretty sure it’s over 400.
I have started a new project I’m calling Trajectory: Escape Velocity. It is a story of evolution, beginning at the very beginning (let’s ignore what quantum physics tells us in favor of telling a more linear story for now) and ending with people leaving the planet. I don’t know all the steps in between. I won’t know until I’ve created them. I post pictures of things in progress, if you are interested in those. I am going to attempt to post as each phase is completed. So, here is phase 1.
In the beginning, there was darkness:
And then there was light:
Next up: The Primordial Soup. See a teaser DNA picture on Twitter.