Beads

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Since July, 2016, I have been making a series of works using thousands of tiny beads affixed to paper with glue to create images which may call to mind large scale terrestrial and celestial phenomena, but which are inspired mostly by small natural objects under magnification. The creation of these pieces is a meditative process of gluing down each bead, one at a time, so that a puzzle of interlocking shapes forms the majority of the surface of the work. In other, smaller areas, the paper is allowed to show through either as sharply outlined negative space or as background to lacey arrangements of beads. I write the titles of these bead pieces to give a snapshot of my thoughts while making them and to disrupt the banality of viewing them as merely "pretty."

© 2018 by Alison S. Marra