Tuesday, June 24

Morpheus Box Completed

One of my favorite classes at Art & Soul in Hampton, Virginia, last month was Michael deMeng's Morpheus Box. You may remember that I posted the unfinished project here.
After the class, when Michael did his critique of everyone's work, people amazed me with their explanations of why they used the elements they did, the feelings behind their projects, and the way all of these things came together in the most beautiful pieces of art.

I felt like I had not done my homework. My fledgling box was adorned with elements I brought with me. I had not thought about a direction, had not even wrapped my mind around how the finished project might look. My box had a tin type of a man I didn't know on one of four sides and a vintage rabies tag on the frame. I used a piece of mica that I purchased the night before. I attached an old optical lens I had in my supplies. Michael suggested that he was sure I'd thought of putting an object behind this lens to be magnified . . . Ummmm, of course . . .
Well, I'm happy to say that I finished this project, and it has a direction . . . or two. It's about seeing, about growing, and about flying. I'm really happy with the finished box, and I can hardly wait until my week-long workshop with Michael in Cortona, Italy, in September.

Sigh. Yep, I'm hooked!


  1. You're going to Cortona Italy!!!! Oh wow-ie!!

    I can't even imagine what incredible things you will create there.

    I'd say FLY-ing....indeed!

  2. I love the way this turned out Leslie, and love the direction it took. I too had missed the same mark when packing for A&S. I hadn't given a thought to what statement I wanted to make. BIG mistake, who knew I was suppose to know what I wanted?! I thought this would be part of what is taught, being new to all of this. I guess that could be a class in itself...

  3. oh golly Leslie - I love the way you so casually describe the slow and mysterious way that - when one (the mental body) steps aside - the communication can come through the vehicle of the medium - or - in this case the Morpheous Box - your morphing into the flying bird (58?) that you are - such indescribable magic...

    xox - eb.

  4. Leslie,

    I thought your box was wonderful before... now it is marvelous! Beautiful work.

    I am so envious of your Italy trip! Total Michael deMeng immersion!


  5. Girl this rocks !!!!

    Would love to see it in person.

    Take care,


  6. Hi Leslie,

    I just love this piece and the direction you took it, love the elements, tintype and rusty 2 of my favorite things. I love seeing you creating!!!


  7. So interesting to see the "during" and the "after." You found a great direction (or two) and really created a unique piece. Thanks too for your nice comment on my blog.

  8. When I go to a class, I seldome (ok never) pack supplies with a plan, I just let it happen & sometimes it manages to come together, but most often it's after I get it home & work on it some more that a story evolves, like yours-and it's so beautiful! Can't wait to hear the stories of Italy, how very cool that is!


    I LOVE THIS!!! Wasn't Michael impressed???
    I am!!!


  10. Your morpheus box is phenomenal. I am so impressed.

  11. That sounds like such a wonderful vacation... TIME and space to create, with a wonderful teacher and a beautiful part of the world. Yay!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!