As a gourd artist, I find that working in the round is perfect for me. I love to tell a story with my art. Being able to turn the gourd around and see a different scene on panels, or a whole scene unfold brings another dimension than working on a flat canvas.
My primary medium is pyrography, or wood burning. This is nothing new, artists of South America and Africa have been burning on gourds for hundreds of years. It has replaced my brushes and paints that I previously entertained, the subtleties of brown seem to me to be more expressive than choosing from a myriad of color. Yet, color is not totally absent from my work.
In this entitled, Celtic Sea; I depicted 3 panels of ocean life. Humpback Whales are pictured here, and on the other panels are dolphins and seals. The color added is actually crushed turquoise inlay. This piece holds meaning for me, as once upon a time I dreamed of being a marine biologist. The ocean life theme reappears many times in my work.
In my Medieval Hunt series, this one is the Hunt for the Stag; I chose, instead of panels, to depict a 360 degree scene. My inspiration came from medieval tapestries. This scene is again, all burned, with the turquoise Celtic knot work done with inlayed crushed stone. The top and bottom portions are carved by hand.
And here is me, Jenn Avery, cleaning out and preparing a dried gourd for art.
Any gourd artist will be well acquainted with my fashionable attire!
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