Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious


This last piece for the Summit is entitled Harvest. The face is of a child, so I added imagery from children’s books and encyclopedias. The clock was stamped by my mother-in-law when she was a child. The verses featured were:

John 4:35-36  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  (36)  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

The wheat is from my grandfather’s field the year that he died, and the dirt is from my back yard. Our basset-lab was kind enough to dig a fresh hole for me. The sides are cut from an old farm journal.

While I was gluing everything down with gel medium, I was reminded of the 4th grade. Being bored in class, I had spread glue on the palms of my hands and was peeling off the dried glue when the teacher noticed. She thought that was the strangest thing I could be doing. I thought it was cool how the glue came off in sheets and I could still see the lines and wrinkles from my hands. And here I was again peeling glue off my fingers after having such a wonderful time spreading it all over this final piece. Maybe I am strange, but glue makes me happy.

amanda ∞

6 Comments on “Harvest”

  1. WOW!!!!! Amanda, all three pieces are amazing. Thank you for taking the time to photograph the steps. I enjoy seeing others’ process as well. Also, I love peeling glue/gel medium off my hands too. When my sisters and I were kids, we would peel our dad’s sunburn off his back. Gross to most…but I always liked it. =)

  2. I had to giggle when i heard about the glue, I used to do the same thing too, it was so much fun to see the imprint!

    I just wanted to say thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog…
    i love this piece and always find the process just as fascinating as the piece of art, thank you for sharing that 🙂

  3. i love doing that with glue! i feel like i’ve been doing somthing, if when i’m done my hands are as covered as the canvas is with glue and paint.

    this piece along with all the others is AWSOME!!!

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