Ode to Seventy-Three

Shawn Marie Hardy's avatar Shawn Marie Hardy

This 30 x 30" "groundscape" is an homage to innocence & the idea of what childhood should be. As I watch my daughter grow & change I reflect back to when I was her age in 1973, & how different things were for me. I didn't have a great childhood & the only happy moments were when I was reading or outside playing with my friends. This piece reflects those happy moments. This is a very textural piece. I poured a layer of gel medium on the substrate to represent concrete, & imprinted my hand & several other items. I let several layers of transparent color seep into the little crevices & valleys I created during this process, & I used graphite and pastel to scrawl names and dates & memories after all the layers were dry. Heavy gel medium secures all the 3-D bits. This was created using Golden acrylics, self-leveling gel (popsicle), handmade clay candies, paper, wooden beads from Christmas-1972, gold thread, wooden popsicle stick, metal & plastic bits.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Acrylic on Linen with mixed media
  • Width: 3
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 3