Up for sale is a beautiful mixed media piece of art purchased back in 1997 in Arizona. This is a "photo construction" by a phenomenal artist from Phoenix by the name of Linda Ingraham. This work is entitled "Release" and is #2 out of 5 total pieces produced. It utilizes archival pigment prints (photographed by Linda), paint, ribbon, resin and a wood box inscribed with a beautiful poem on it's inner lip.
The outer dimensions of the box are 7.5"W x 7"D x 3"H. The inner lid has an archival pigment print of clouds affixed to it and is 6.75"W x 6.25"H. On top of the inner lid print is a 3.25" x 3.25" print of a bird in flight affixed to an 1/8" thick square piece of wood and centered on the cloud print. The center of the main portion of the box has a 3.25"L x 3.25"W x 1.25"D square well with a print of a bird's nest affixed to the bottom. The print shows 5 eggs in a nest with one of them hatched and the other 4 unbroken.
The outer box has a round brass knob to open the beveled lid and when opened has 2 pieces of black ribbon to the hold the lid up. The outer and inner finishes (including the hinges) have been patina'd to give the piece an antique look. The bottom of the box utilizes 4 ball-shaped feet and is inscribed in gold paint: "Release" 2/5 '95 L. Ingraham '95.
The box also comes with a black cloth wrap and ribbon tie to protect it when stored away.
When the lid is opened, your eyes first go to the egg-filled nest, then to the hatched egg in the bottom of the well, next to the bird flying away into the clouds and then finally to the etched words on all 4 inner lip edges which reads: "Within us dwells a nesting bird...held captive from the light...encased in bonds of fist and fears...release her to her flight." All in all, a beautiful work of art that appeals to sight, touch and the heart!
Linda Ingraham's "Artist Statement" (per her website):
I am drawn to the strength of an old oak, the vulnerability of a seedling, and the poignant beauty of a wilting flower. I am interested in creating images that are more interpretive than real. They are not really about rendering a subject but about capturing a feeling or mood.
I started out as a painter and I approach photography like painting. I am interested in creating the photograph rather than just taking it. I take different elements that I have photographed and combine them to make a digital collage which I then print, embellish, and mount onto panels.
Linda Ingraham has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad including shows at The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, The Tucson Museum of Art, The Laguna Gloria Art Museum and the Idea Museum. Internationally, she has had solo shows at the Galerie Corti in Brussels, Espace Tag Heuer and Genkan Gallery in Tokyo. A recipient of the Visual Arts Fellowship and a Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 1993, Linda’s work is included in the collection of: The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, The Tucson Museum of Art AZ, The Chandler Center for the Arts AZ, the Snell and Wilmer Collection, the NM Acclaimed Artist Series and the Art in Embassies. In 2009 she was selected to be part of the Phoenix Public Art Project “Seventh Avenue Streetscapes”. She has just concluded a show at Mesa Contemporary Art Museum. Currently she is represented by Forre and Co Fine Art Gallery in Aspen, Vail, and Ft Lauderdale, the Larsen Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona and Ogilvie/Pertyl Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.
Shipping will be a flat rate of $10.00 (sorry, U.S. shipping only) & will be sent by USPS Priority Mail (2-3 business days). Return Policy: 14 days money back, buyer pays return shipping.
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