As an introvert it’s difficult for me to ‘shout’ on social media all the time, telling about my work and what it means and all that. I did in the very beginning of the project and thought… by now everyone knows? But I forgot how we continue to meet new people in our network and so I decided to write a post where I discuss every series and how big that series is.
Once in a while I will update the post to keep the stats and series up to date. (Last updated July 2019)
THE LOST CITIES PROJECT
The project was born in 2017 when I came back from my favorite hiking place. Inspired by the forest and the ruins I visited in both waking life and lucid dreams, I tried to recreate sculptures in a ‘petrified’ way, as if they are a thousand years old. The project grew into several series. Each name represents a lost city/island or place based on a legend or myth. And so the sculptures are actually artifacts found by archeologists many years later when the city no longer exist. Aged, wonky, imperfect, same like any treasure you find on an archeological site.
Some pieces are built with armatures, others with an air dry clay base. The base has paperclay layers with mixed media which means some have paint, color pigment or a glow in the dark finish made with my own glow medium. Every piece is finished with a layer of varnish to protect the piece. Some fragile stones have varnish too. Because of the mixed media layers these pieces can’t be used as kitchen ware. They are artistic objects and should not be used for edibles or water. The glow sculptures can be charged with daylight or strong artificial light. A couple of minutes is enough to let a sculpture glow all night in a fully dark room.
The project has 6 series in total:
This is the very first series of the project. They have a lot of white and grey tones, sometimes finished with a copper or golden shimmer. Because of the golden glaze, these sculptures look very ‘wet’, as if someone just took them out of the ocean. With the exception of only a few, all sculpture pieces have crystals embedded. A half a year later the series evolved into a new series which are very similar but with a different (glowing) glaze: the Avalons.
Total number of pieces in this series: 15
This was the start of my ‘blue period’. Blue sculptures with mosaic-like sparkles which can change color if you move the piece. It reminds me a bit of the flash of labradorite. The pictures really can’t capture it! When I sell these pieces on social media, I always try to add a video to show how the sparkles appear close to a light source.
Total number of pieces in this series: 21
Still in my blue period, I created a different series without sparkles or shimmers. Brown prussian blue sculptures finished with gold and/or copper leaf. Some pieces have a patina effect on them, some have acrylic paint and every piece has a metallic shine and/or gold leaf embedded.
Total number of pieces in this series: 15
This is the series of experiments, tryouts and just having fun with old and new techniques. Every piece is one of kind. Golden borders, watercolor effect, vibrant colors, etc. Anything is possible in this series and I love exploring what else is possible.
Total number of pieces in this series: 9
This is how the early Atlantis pieces evolved. Going from wet golden shimmer pieces, they transformed into mossy glow in the dark ones. This series have something the earlier series don’t have: the blue glow by night. It was the first glowing series in the Lost Cities Project and until this day the most popular one.
Total number of pieces in this series: 81
After my blue period, I felt inspired to launch a new series with a similar glow but with a different look by day. Red pinkish ‘coral’ sculptures with a blue glow by night with tiny yellow/pink spots here and there.
Total number of pieces in this series: 20
This means a total of 161 sculpture pieces so far. As a multipassionate who loves to jump from one project to the next this feels a bit surreal. Back in 2017 I had no idea I would stick with it for such a long time and create so many pieces. Some months I really thought about retiring the series but then inspiration would hit me again to create a new color scheme or work around a new lost city. As I’m writing this, I feel a new series coming, inspired by my travel to Ireland. The name’s already there, now it’s time to let that inspiration flow and see where it leads me.
If you are interested in owning a piece, you can visit my shop where my most recent work is available. Once a month we also have an art auction at Facebook where I release new work to the public before it appears in the shop. You can find the art auctions here.