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Coppered Spheres

Naomi Ernest's avatar Naomi Ernest

This series began as a tangible way to discover an intangible connection to my own U. P. heritage. As homage to copper mining ancestors, I created an abstract watercolor series using elements of hand applied copper leaf over bleeds of color mimicking oxidized copper. I intentionally chose rough, handmade paper and selectively tarnished areas of the copper to acknowledge and embrace imperfections. The color blends in this series are also reminiscent of the Great Lakes, further solidifying a shared experience and connection with Michigan. Though the materials and colors suggest a superficial bond, it is through the creation of this work-- the process of blending the swathes of water & color, adding and removing layers of copper by hand-- that I am able to connect in a modern, elemental, and substantive way to my own ancestral roots and to greater Michigan history. As in all of my work, I seek the fascination of myriad intricate details contained within an overall calm & simplicity.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Watercolor, Gouache, Copper Leaf
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 30 inches