Eggs (I Only Gave You Some)
Graphite on archival digital print
20 x 16 inches framed, $895
2014 by Sarah Atlee - some rights reserved
Shopper! The Art Show
A Curious Collection of Found Shopping Lists
& Artists' Renditions of Those Who Made Them
Curated by Tessa Raven Bayne
When: 16 August - 14 September 2014
Where: Hancock Creative Shop, 116 S 2nd St., Guthrie, Oklahoma (map link)
Take a decade's worth of found shopping lists, add visual artists to reimagine the lists' authors, mix with writers spinning colorful tales of these shoppers, and you get a collaborative summer art show that's sure to deliver.
The shopping list that prompted my imagined portrait.
A closer look at Eggs.
I created Eggs using an experimental process. I began by taking hi-res scans of ledger paper, moving the paper around during scanning to achieve interesting distortions. I printed the resulting scan onto several different high-quality inkjet papers. Using a range of soft pencils from 3B to 9B, I tested the tooth of each paper to see which surface held up best. I settled on Hahnemuehle Museum Etching.
The drawing is based on a collage sketch:
Many different sources went into this conceptual mockup. Photographs of Evelyn Nesbit (who inspired the Gibson Girl image), the New York Public Library's Maps archive, and postcards from Google Earth, just to name a few.
As I predicted, the distorded grid of the ledger paper background image informed and melded with the shapes I drew. I'm very pleased with the results and will repeat this process for future drawings.