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Most Sacred Irritant

Kelsey Merreck Wagner's avatar Kelsey Merreck Wagner

Take something that irritates you and keep it around until you have turned it into a gorgeous object. Gather your frustrations and distractions and illusions and rather than dwell on the presence of negativity, create an item so coveted people would die for it. Make me a pearl from a speck of sand. As a manifestation of productivity, I created 100 paper oysters as a reminder of the crucial need to continually create. Beginning with equal stacks of blue Magnani Pescia, Cream BFK, and Sekishu White paper, I screen-printed multiple layers of ink to simulate the layers of calcium, algae and grime that accumulate on an oyster’s shell while submerged deep beneath the sea. Following with a lithographic stone I completed the linework of the oysters. After flinging spots of acrylic paint, I tore each oyster shape from the sheet, and glued a pair together to create a shell. After stuffing the insides of each shell, each was hand embroidered, and one contains a pearl.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: varies
  • Medium: paper, litho ink, screenprint ink, acrylic, thread, gel medium
  • Width: each oyster is about three to four inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: each oyster is about three to four inches