Thursday, April 14, 2016

That's so Bowie...

It's only been almost two years since I posted to this blog. No big thing, right? Sigh...

I am a contributor for Love My Art Jewelry and blog there quite a bit, but have woefully neglected this page. Sorry....BUT HERE I AM!!

Today's post is in support of LMAJ's current Blog Hop of jewelry and art inspired by David Bowie. Bowie was such an artistic force of nature in so many ways. Music, fashion, film, a writer, a philosopher, A REBEL. A truly "otherworldly" figure that inspired generations and will continue to inspire even in death. He launched his last album three days before he left this planet for good and now millions play the music on repeat searching for hidden meaning in what has become a musical will and testament. In a nutshell, the dude was unfathomably spectacular.

When Staci Louise Smith suggested Bowie as our inspiration for this blog hop I know that most of us at LMAJ figured "No brainer". So much material to draw from, so much to use for inspiration. BUT, I now know personally and from chatting with my blog-mates, this challenge has actually been difficult for many. I believe because Bowie was SO MUCH MORE than one thing. How do you dive into all that amazing madness and hit upon a singular design element to work with? The obvious choice for artists would be his DELIRIOUS aesthetic in clothing and make-up. Micro-mini kimonos and go go boots--check. Neon striped space-suits--check. GLAM ANDROGYNOUS ROCK GOD--CHECK! Talk about an endless pallet of in-your-face designs to choose from....


But wait...

What about the urbane, wickedly handsome thin man in the PERFECT suit? The shot cuffs, crisp lapels, soft color pallet, SLICK AS HELL runway-ready man who looks as though he just stepped out of a GQ cover shoot...what about him?


All this, and OH YEAH, THE MUSIC!!! It's all Bowie, and we haven't even begun to scratch the surface. Soooo, how do you create a piece of art around this brilliant chameleon? Well, here's what I did.


I decided to use the physical man himself as my inspiration for a mixed media pendant. What he looked like in the flesh, words he wrote and spoke, along with imagery celebrating his most famous work, Space Oddity. His eyes were so amazing. One brown, one blue. I focused on that face, the face of an adult who had seen and done what we mere mortals can only imagine. His face is under an optic lens from about 1940. Mr. Bowie saw the world through a very unique lens, and I wanted to nod to his insights. The lower half of his face is covered with a bit of transparency film imprinted with a vintage postcard from Paris. Bowie loved Paris, center of the Fashion World he floated through his entire life. Above, a brass bee. Bowie was a bit of a mystic--a dabbler in many beliefs. Bees, in ancient cultures, were believed to be the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld. This is a strong subject in much of Bowie's work. I used a hunk of fossil coral to represent the moon, and a sterling silver stars and moon bead floats near his face. Both nods to Major Tom.


On the back, a Bowie anthem. "We could be heroes, just for one day". Nuff said.

Finally, the silver capsule. Another nod to the Space Oddity, and inside a Bowie quote that sums up so much of who Mr. Bowie was...

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." Words to live by.


Occasionally a person drifts through this tiny planet and amazes absolutely every individual he or she crosses paths with. Bowie was that person. Whether you were/are a fan or not, you cannot deny the man's talent, courage, spirit and fierce independence. Corny as it may be, the Heavens gained another star and the night sky is brighter for it.

Be sure to visit all the other artists' blogs and posts featuring work inspired by Bowie. you can find links right now on the LMAJ blog. Thanks for hopping along....


12 comments:

Sherri Stokey said...

Oh my gosh, Karen! What an absolutely amazing piece!!! It's beautiful and meaningful and so well thought out. I'm in awe of your talent.

stacilouise said...

Good grief Karen, I am sobbing. you words are so beautiful, and right on. Your piece, the thought put into it, amazing. Thank you for this beautiful blog - it was an honor to read it, as I am sure its been an honor to him

stacilouise said...

Karen, your blog has me sobbing. Your words so beautifully capture the magical amazing man he was. your piece, the thought put into it, all such amazing ways to honor him. Thank you for sharing this piece of you and him with us.

Mary said...

Such a wonderful, magical piece! Textured, layered, nuanced... it touches on so many of the things I love about Bowie.
*applauds*

windbent said...

So much great symbolism and thought put into this. I love it. I love the layers.

Janet Bocciardi said...

So cool, just like him. Great tribute piece and would be fun to wear!

Fiona Robertson said...

Oh...wow!!! So thoughtful and meaningful...and clever, I'm in awe too x

The Beadwench said...

Ohhhhhh myyyyyy gawdnesssss Karen this is freaking glorious!!!

Kathy Lindemer said...

What an imaginative and thoughtful piece! I love hearing your ideas about Bowie that your incorporated into the piece. I am sure he is honored by it.

Gaia Copia said...

I am awestruck by the symbolism you put into your piece. Both aesthetically and symbolically. Every aspect is divine!
Emily

darlene said...

Truly magnificent!

darlene said...

Truly magnificent! xoxo