Water Phenomena

Janelle Dahlberg's avatar Janelle Dahlberg

Water Phenomena began 6 years ago when I decided to not throw away an excess piece of laminate. I was intrigued by its reflective quality and its movability. I have saved it ever since! I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my ArtPrize 2016 entry and not knowing how much I would need or what I would even make I began to have my co-workers save it for me for the last year. I have combined the laminate with my signature painting technique, “of painting with a funnel, which I call funnel painting.” I started painting this way in 2002 while at MSU and have obsessively done it ever since. I can pour the same amount of paint in the same order every time and it will NEVER turn out the same. I can control it to a certain point then I just have to step back and let the paint decide where it goes and what it will do. The day after pouring is like Christmas morning- a surprise! Everything looks different from the day before. Wet paint sits all at one even level and as it dries it snaps, moves and shifts creating textures and reveals colors that you knew went down the funnel but didn’t appear when the paint was wet. It is truly an amazing process and I compare it to going on a vacation, it’s very soothing and relaxing. And, yes, I admit that I watch paint dry! This piece is very unique in that there are approximately 1,152 funnel painted pieces that were poured, dried, peeled and then assembled in a mosaic style. It is the first piece I have made using this method. In keeping with the recycled theme, there are 12 gallons of recycled paint, 10 recycled metal bed frames, 76 recycled contact lens packaging bubbles, 2 recycled paint tray molded pieces of paint, 1 recycled bed spring and 247 recycled laminate pieces that started it all.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2'
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 8'
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 4'