Marsha van Rijssen / Marsha Elliott DesignsI have been called a squirrel by fellow hikers. I love foraging for unique twigs, nuts, and leaves in perfect...
Media: Mixed Media
Emotionally compelling facial expressions,eclectic costuming and magnificent color harmonies are hallmarks of my figurative sculptures. I am honored to be a juried artist member of NIADA and Piedmont Craftsmen as well as SHCG.
I create captivating mixed media figurative sculptures. One of a kind paper clay heads are hand sculpted,modeled and carved then dehydrated to produce a lightweight , but very strong character head. A gossamer silk skin is applied over the head and finished with colored pencil details.Emotionally compelling facial expressions,eclectic costuming and magnificent color harmonies are combined with fine craftsmanship learned as a former jeweler. Within the context of the human face and figure I seek to illustrate the universal emotions of vulnerability,tenderness and meloncholy. Recycled woven straw,real garden gourds,industrial rubber O-Rings,vintage bone buttons and lawn chair replacement tape are materials juxtaposed with classic natural fibers in unexpected harmony. I am inspired by circus costumes, classic 1940`s pin-up art, naughty bustiers,garden vegetables, and the human desire for love ,affection and humor.