|Detail of painting by Alexia Sinclair|
Interestingly, the temporality of the medium seems to create a special bond among these artists. More than one participant told Constance and me about the friendships they've developed within the chalk art community. They see each other at festivals and keep up with one another on Facebook. One artist noted that the non-competitive nature of the medium enables those relationships to flourish.
|Terralynn Lake's recreation of Michael Lang painting|
|Mucha's "Summer" by Holland King|
King explained he typically paints horror scenes, but that he felt he had to up his game in light of all the international artists participating in the Festival. King had studied Mucha in school and was happy to share some info about the artist with us. I wasn't aware of Sarah Bernhardt's role in launching Mucha's career. The story goes that Bernhardt was so pleased with the poster he created for her "Gismonda" show--after she had rejected the work of the original artist hired for the job--that she contracted with Mucha to produce stage and costume designs and posters for her shows. This work exposed Mucha to a whole new audience, and the rest is history. (For more about their relationship, click here.)
It's worth noting that King didn't wholly forsake his affinity for horror with his Mucha recreation. The bottom left corner of the painting included his signature skull, which took the place of a rock in Mucha's original. (I have to admit to preferring the original.)
|"Lost Polar Ice" by Holland King|
His "Lost Polar Ice" is part of his animal selfie series. (He only shared the title when I asked how it fit with the evanescent theme.) I loved the humor in his work. His next subject is going to be sloths, which I really wish I could see.
Kudos to Denise Kowal and her team for once again creating a wonderful Festival. Mark your calendars for November 9-12, 2018 when artists from around the world will create pavement art around the theme "Museum of Motion." I can't wait.