I am excited to share with you my friend and the
talented artist Catherine McEwen Whalen!
Hi Everyone, I’m honored to be a Feature Artist today! I love Mixed-Media art and especially enjoy incorporating my own photos and vintage items into my work. I enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest and am passionate about photographing the birds and seashore creatures here. Decorative papers and ephemera, vintage millinery and buttons, fabrics of all kinds, and found objects from nature are some of my favorite materials both to collect and use in collages.
The “Lepidopterix” shadowbox is a fantasy portrait of my grandmother. Her portrait was copied onto paper and adhered to heavy card stock. Her clothing and hat were made on card stock frames covered in silk. New and vintage trimmings accent the piece, with the highlight being her own small magnifying glass. Butterflies images were also printed onto card stock and printed in various sizes to give the illusion of them flying off in the distance. All of the main elements are sewn into place, not glued, with the exception of the butterflies which were adhered with blocks of foam tape.
The two photographic pieces were made using the same techniques on different substrates of ready-made framed canvas and canvas-covered board. The photos were attached to the background using gel medium by covering the panels with the medium, pressing the photos down, and then covering the top of the photos with gel medium. Painted accents were then added. Lightweight spackle medium was used to cover the edges of the photos, and the spackle was continued onto the edges of the canvas and board. When dry, the spackle was covered in gel medium and then painted. Words and other embellishments could be added at this stage as well.