Skagit Valley Hospital. Kincaid Lobby. Mount Vernon, WA
The pieces used for these guardians came from the Skagit Valley area. The pieces include a farm rake, produce crates, antique metal splints, recycled hospital bottles, furniture parts and wall paper.
Details of the hospital guardians. Wings constructed out of splints, medical bottles, carved bone hands.
This collage is created out of recycled paint, paper and found objects. it was created on a recycled canvas and is framed with parts of a door and springs from a farm auction.
The Woven Door Project. A collaborative project with two middle schools. Each student created a self-portrait with a partner, wrote a bio poem and then cut them into strips. The strips were woven together and mounted into the doors. The intention behind the project was to bring two schools together and to show that we are stronger when we work together and recognize each other's differences and strengths. Below are the completed doors and some examples of the self-portraits and poetry strips.
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital Mural Project. Tacoma, WA
These panels are permanent installations displayed on the 5th and 6th floors of the hospital. There are details imbedded within the collaged elements for the children to discover. A guide is available to patients.
Mount Baker Ski Area. White Salmon Lodge
These pieces were created out of salvaged backpack frames, skis, hardware and reclaimed metal.
Custom Guardians for Hospital and Research Centers
These pieces were created out of salvaged materials including bone from meat processing plants for the carved fish, metal from rusting turbine blades, railroad nails, old game pieces, woolen milll spools and broken furniture casters.
I have been working in the schools for nearly thirty years. I believe all children are creative and need an opportunity to explore the arts. I use recycled materials and believe it is important to teach our children to walk gently on the earth and to repurpose things we no longer need. I choose to work in the schools with students at high risk, with minimal parent support and who need support from the community and the power of art in the classroom.
Teach Your Children Well. Collage on Canvas.
Carl Cozier Elementary
An all school mural created by K through 5th grade using recycled papers, paint and collaborative student drawings.
Mixed media collage; part of a series documenting family history through the use of transferring tintype photographs, manuscripts and journal pages.
Mary Ennes Davis . Crow River Studio