Painted woven mesh sculpture

Artist Joan Konkel presents a intriguing portfolio of ethereal woven mesh sculptural artworks that interact with light. Go to her internet site to see far more.


Painted woven mesh sculpture

“Gaia’s Secret” finely woven mesh and acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 60″ x 6.5″


I grew up in California, the land of sunlight, sparkling seas and snowy mountains. Perhaps this is why light and color have been significant in my perform.


painted woven mesh art

“Passages & Promises” finely woven mesh and acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 60″ x 4″


As an adult, I moved to Washington, DC, where by I attained a master’s degree in sculpture and worked with type, and space. These encounters have motivated my work as I attempt to seize gentle and to perform with producing new colours in space from a blend of various hues on many surfaces.


aluminum mesh sculptural art

“Eroica” aluminum, finely woven mesh and acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 72″ x 8″


I start out a piece by painting a canvas, which is my foundation layer. I then paint, and sometimes form, layers of fiberglass or metallic mesh. The painted mesh is put atop the canvas.


Wall sculpture of woven mesh and paint

“Eroica” (alternate watch) finely woven mesh and acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 72″ x 8″


I have observed that each style of mesh has distinctive qualities. Metallic mesh has the benefit of holding a form. When I enhance the length concerning layers, the illusion of increased depth may well be noticed. I can form metallic mesh to hold soft bends or sharp angles. When metallic mesh is minimize, I have to conceal the edges which are sharp and could trigger harm.


woven mesh wall sculpture diptych

“Aeolian Music” (diptych) finely woven mesh, acrylic and aluminum on canvas, 36″ x 48″ x 2″ and 36″ x 36″ x 2″


Fiberglass mesh, by distinction, behaves much more like cloth. Contrary to metal mesh, it fails to maintain a distinct type and as a substitute can be draped. Styles slice out of fiberglass mesh can be layered or overlapped with out stress of sharp edges.


finely woven mesh and paint artwork

“Shadow Dance” finely woven mesh and acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 49″ x 4″


The mesh I use is porous. 1000’s of very small openings allow passage of equally light and coloration. By employing mesh as a medium, I insure that house is included into the function.


finely woven mesh relief sculpture

“Fracture” finely woven mesh and acrylic on canvas, 37″ x 61″ x 7″


As light-weight filters through these openings, gentle waves refract and mirror off each and every strand. As mild waves collide, either constructive or deconstructive interference takes place, in essence, developing either an boost of, or a diminishing of, light-weight. In some instances, specifically with fiberglass mesh, sections of the function become iridescent.


painted woven mesh wall sculpture

“Au Clair de la Lune” finely woven mesh and acrylic on canvas, 60.5″ x 49″ x 3″


Light-weight travels amid the layers of my do the job and coloration also journeys. The colours I have painted on the individual levels of mesh and canvas blend optically at the surface area. This will make me sense that I have offered hues independence. They can travel from a two-dimensional plane, enter the 3rd dimension, and blend with another coloration to variety a new hue.


woven and painted mesh artwork

“Tangerine Forest” finely woven mesh and acrylic on canvas, 31″ x 41″ x 6″


Formed metallic mesh also permits hues to unite with distinctive hues dependent on the angle from which a piece is viewed. The layering of mesh can also crack apart a mix of colors. Mainly because of the grid construction of mesh, when layered, the blend of shades can fracture into moiré designs comprised of two distinctive colours. I have realized to manipulate these styles as style components.


woven mesh sculptural art

“Mystique” finely woven mesh and acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 60″ x 4″


My get the job done, the journey of light, room and shade as it meanders via the medium of mesh, has adopted a lot of paths of exploration. Every path has brought new insights into this great medium.


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