Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll: Homage to Paris

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Welcome, everyone!!!  Today I have a mixed medium piece that has a lot of thought and meaning behind each detail.  Sometimes creating these types of projects are not so much about the techniques involved, but more about what it represents.

At first glance, you may spot some significant elements, but as you look closer and learn my thought process, you will see more. This is my homage to Paris. 

The Clipboard structure (Paris) holds history and many relics. The background papers are old and distressed, well used, well read, the foundation of the city.  The frame (cathedral) is muddied, damaged and tarnished. The drips and drops of color are for the many tears shed.

Shari Carroll, Mixed Medium

The metal butterflies “Papillion” are intact, discolored, soiled but still a beautiful representation of hope and repair.  

From out of the frame which is wrapped by Papillion comes a sign of new life, flowers, shiny and bright. And finally, tissue tape reveals the word “Paris” along with “Don’t Lose Hope.” 

I love grabbing pieces to put together that have sentimental connotations. Even if my details are personal and subtle, I will know what provoked my feelings or emotions to place them in my art. I hope I’ve inspired you to try designing with thought and meaning in your next project.  

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  1. Thanks for creating such a timely expression of hope. Having visited this cathedral a number of years ago, I appreciate your creative expression.

  2. This is a beautiful work of art Shari! I love that you explained the different elements, it made me look at this in a different perspective than I did at first look. Thank you for sharing this and for the inspiration, my mind is swirling with ideas now :)
    (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

  3. I was saddened by the burning of Notre Dame cathedral. I am so fortunate that I was able to visit it in 2011. It was beautiful and hopefully they will be able to rebuild it in all its splendor! Thank you for sharing this thoughtful and inspirational project!

  4. Such an incredible tribute! I enjoyed reading through the meanings behind each element and I’m glad you were able to use the creative process to work through some of your grief.

  5. What a meaningful and beautiful way to release emotion into a physical representation of the event that was unfolding and being hopeful, plus you have a pretty piece of art♡

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