“IntoxiKA” is a music and visual art collaboration. Thomas MacKay, mallet percussionist with the group IntoxiKA in Hawaii, asked whether I’d paint to the compositions on their debut CD https://intoxika808.com/music. Their music reignites exotica and takes the listener on a journey back to 1950’s era Oahu, Hawaii when tiki ruled the airwaves and tiki bars were the all the rage. Tom and I collaborated back in the 90’s as half of the percussion and piano team in Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at the University of North Dakota, where he was a percussion student and I was on the piano faculty. For the current project, I created a series of seven paintings on 18" wood rounds, using the music and titles of the CD tracks as inspiration. While listening to IntoxiKA, I chose my colors, mixed my paints and then poured while videotaping the creation. I enjoyed bringing music and art together while editing the videos, sometimes synching the pouring process with the music.
My acrylic pours involve a variety of fluid art techniques. Occasionally, the outcome can be different from what I envision in my head. But that’s the beauty about fluid art - you have to go with the flow (literally) and be ready to change course at any moment.
I chose circular wood as my “canvas”. Hawaiians believe a closed circle represents a seamless life - one that has no beginning or end. I love the endless possibilities a round canvas offers while creating fluid art, and embrace the imperfections in the wood. I plan to give the rounds either a resin or a varnished finish in the future when the humidity is lower here in Florida! Each of the wood rounds in the IntoxiKA series are available for purchase. The versatile pieces can be used in multiple ways:
1) Wall art
2) Lazy Susan (add a turntable base)
3) Serving tray (add handles) – great for ottomans!
4) Hanger hook (add drawer pulls to hang items on)
5) Table top (add legs)
If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please contact me.