Apr 11

A Trip To Arizona, Visiting Artist Associate

by Mike Miller

A Trip To Arizona, Visiting Artist Associate, Emily McClintick And Other Concretist Friends

A final wrap up of my week-long trip to Arizona, for The Concrete Décor Show…

You know my feelings for things that are “The Day of The Dead” AND for Emily… Warm, warmer and warmest! This is an Emily McClintick original in integrally colored and patina stained cementitious Sgraffino, by Colormaker. Makes me feel like shouting, “Ei, Fiesta Eterna, Emilitas!”

And this is from Emily’s show, with The Arizona Art Alliance, while we were visiting. More recent work… Still patina stained and integrally colored Sgraffino, mixed-media, with lots of glass and fabrics. A bit Asian, a bit Ralph Steadman-influenced… That Emily is eclectic! And, I hear she’s been selling a few… You go, girl!!!

The start of the kick-off address.

Many thanks to our Concrete Décor family, for hosting such a wonderful event!

Mike, Emily and Steve in action…

Old and new concretist friends: Steve Crocker, George Lacker, Mike, Emily and Autumn Mottice, after the address.

Thanks again, Concrete Décor, for your vision, guts, hard work, the intimate vibe of the venue and the great weather!!!

2 Responses to “A Trip To Arizona, Visiting Artist Associate”

  1. This was a great, action packed week of concrete art and compadres. Happened to fall on St. Patty’s day as well so there was corned beef, cabbage and whiskey in there too!

  2. My “asian-whimsy, child-like art” is heavily influenced by my travels to Southeast Asia where I studied the ancient art of Batik fabric design. Much like the processes used to create concrete art, Batik is layers of wax and dye to create images on fabric. After a few steps, your image is so buried in wax you really don’t know what you have until you dip it in a pot of boiling water to melt all the wax off. When you pull it out, voila! …your design. Is it what you intended? Maybe. Is it totally F#*@ed up? Maybe. Is it better than you imagined? Perhaps!
    You never really know, but you just accept the unitentional and let go of the intentional. No matter what, when I step away for awhile and return to the piece I always love it, and so do other people who had no preconceived ideas about what the piece of art was “supposed” to be.
    Lately I am inspired by Vietnamese/French tattoo artist, Leon, from Hong Kong. His art is Ralph Steadman meets a demented-5-year-old. I love it!

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