My Job As An Artist's Apprentice

I've spent my last three Wednesday mornings as an apprentice to an incredible artist. And it's exactly what an apprentice job should be – educational and inspiring.

The first artwork I assisted with was a mixed-media robot piece using discarded tools, screws, and other found objects. The artist carefully selected the materials, and I assisted in gluing them down.

The second week, his material of choice was wire and the subject, a DNA strand. It took him a good bit of time to figure out the best gauge to use and how to create the spiral form. My suggestion was to form two long pieces into spirals and then to attach them with smaller cross bars. He was gracious enough to give it a try, but after many failed attempts he decided that we should first build a ladder then wrap it around a long cylinder to create the spiral. Genius! And it worked.

Today's artwork blew me away - a Venus fly trap made from wire, tissue paper, waxed sticks and wood. As he put the finishing touches on it, I found myself thinking about where I would put it in my house (kitchen windowsill). But, alas, this one-of-a-kind artwork isn't for sale. It's for his grandmother.

Thank you Patrick for teaching me about robots, DNA, venus fly traps, and working with wire. I'm looking forward to next Wednesday!

-Denise

Patrick used studio materials to envision and create a DNA strand.

The Venus flytrap made from wire, tissue paper, waxed sticks and wood.

The Venus flytrap made from wire, tissue paper, waxed sticks and wood.