Mixed media coillage
8” x 11” matted frame to 12” x 15.5”
inspired by the poem
THE CHAMBER MUSIC (WHY I AM NOT MATISSE)
I started a painting
of two girls and their mother.
The girls sit at a piano,
their faces turned
away. Why, I don’t know.
Are they looking
for some forgotten light or bored
by my endless
Should they wear pink?
Are they any less innocent
if I smear them in gray wash?
One girl picks at a rhythm on the keys.
A lazy plop,
plop, like milk dripping on doilies.
know, but I hear it,
and I swear the girls
A gleam of black and steely something
slips down one girl’s sleeve.
How on earth did that get in?
Quick, erase the arm, the steely whatsit —
Too late. I’ve brought in a note
of savagery. I’m watching, I can’t intervene.
Everything’s on a grim course
There and there and there
the girls pounce on the knife in a rush
and mother falls —
A charcoal saint in bloodied crinoline.
How did it happen?
I wanted two girls, a mother,
a music chamber, a sweetly tender scene.
Then came the stray thought —
— © Josepha Gutelius
My narrative mixed media sculptures and collages incorporate found objects and depict provocative themes. I address environmental and societal toxicity through 3D "cautionary tales" about contemporary issues. The incorporation of discarded, manufactured litter "litter"-ally illustrates these tales. I work in various media, including collage, painting, and sculpture. The characters and settings are iconic and range from prehistoric to futuristic - strange and fabulous creatures and animals, fossilized dinosaurs, mythical unicorns, aliens and humans or just body parts. Most of my sculptures feature my handmade clay and plaster figures built upon bits of metal or rock, along with salvaged materials that may be left as is or manipulated through carving and painting. They are then integrated into conceptual diorama settings with trompe l'oeil or surrealistic backgrounds which become powerful assemblages imbued with spirituality and raw emotion.