Open to the Unknown
The large image in the center is a double-exposure self-portrait photograph. When I started creating this piece for an art show that I was having, the piece was about fear about my life as an artist, my artwork, and this piece in particular. I became ill while I was working on it and getting ready for the show. Days after the show opened, I found out that I have a large arachnoid cyst on my brain. This piece then took on a greater meaning with fear about my health and future. Perhaps my body subconsciously knew what I was about to find out. 30" x 24"
The writing around my self-portrait says “Sometimes when I think about the future, I get afraid and worry because I don’t know where I’m going and it’s really scary. I need to trust that everything will be okay. I need to trust that everything I’m doing is building a foundation and preparing the way, even if I don’t know what that is. It’s all important.”
Stamped along the bottom it says “I am ready. I’m not afraid. I’m open to the wonderful surprises that the unknown has to offer me.”
This is an original mixed-media painting that combines collage, my original photographs printed on watercolor paper and tea bags, and acrylic paint and ink on canvas; sealed with polymer varnish.
The piece is signed on the front. The sides are painted so it can either be hung as is, or framed.
I approach creating these mixed-media pieces much like working in my visual journals. I have no preconceived idea of what the outcome will look like or exactly what I’m going to do. I just start working and see where it takes me, adding paint, collage & photos, sometimes sewing, sometimes printing or stamping, until I know the piece is finished.
The copyright watermark is not on the original artwork.
(Note: I do my best to make sure the color looks accurate, but, everyone’s monitor is different. So the color might look different in real life than it does on your computer.)All images are copyright © 2008- 2021 Traci Bunkers. All rights reserved. I retain the copyright even after the sale of the original art. Please do not reproduce the actual art or these images without my prior permission.
- • 30″ x 24″ x 3/4″
- • on stretched canvas
- • sealed with polymer varnish
- • This comes from a pet friendly, smoke-free environment.
Products related to "Open to the Unknown"
A love of my past lived in the country in Baldwin City, Kansas. He had a lovely field of poppies near his house that I loved to photograph. The photo in this piece was taken with a Holga camera. 12" x 12"
The picture is part of a mausoleum gate in the cemetery across from my house. I find the ironwork on it very beautiful. This is the family mausoleum of John P. Usher, who was President Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of Interior. 12" x 12"
Shortly after I started this piece mid June 2012, my beloved cat, Goliath, disappeared. The painting changed focus and became about him. The piece is titled "Distraction" because I felt everything I did, other than trying to find him, was just a distraction for me until we were reunited. I searched extensively and exhaustively for him, but he was never found.