Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! I created a few pieces (initially posted on Instagram) with this All Hallows’ Eve in mind. As I created the second one, “Run Away! Run Away!,” it brought me back to a repetitive nightmare I used to have as a child. In that dream, I was chased through the woods by something or someone I couldn’t see, but feel. They kept chasing until the dream abruptly ended as I crossed the boundary between the woods and our front yard. I’d not thought about that dream in some time.

May your Halloween is spooky and fun!

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First Haunting

Run Away! Run Away!

Run Away! Run Away!

The Clearing

The Clearing

 

Ghost and Shadows: “the being of time” and “nite lite”

This past week’s additions to the “Ghost and Shadows” series.

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ghosts and shadows xvii: the being of time

ghost and shadows xvi: nite lite

ghost and shadows xvi: nite lite

Ghosts and Shadows series: “summers gone” and “hide and seek”

Recent additions to the “Ghosts and Shadows” mobile series…

ghosts and shadows xiv: summers gone

ghosts and shadows xiv: summers gone

ghosts and shadows xv: hide and seek

ghosts and shadows xv: hide and seek

Collaboration with poets JK Anowe and Laura M Kaminski

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scavenger

I’m delighted that “Scavenger,” from the Eternal Childhood series, is part of this collaborative submission with poets JK Anowe and Laura M Kaminski at Poetry Life and Times. If you get a chance, take some time and read their poignant words.

A Followup Interview at Ennyman’s Territory

Melissa D Johnston-expansion-Story-OTPHIn 2010, Ed Newman interviewed me for his blog Ennyman’s Territory. I was just beginning to find my legs creatively and his interest was a huge encouragement for me. A few weeks ago he contacted me again to do a followup interview. the door for portfolio 2015It was perfect timing. It made me think once again about why I do what I do and how I do it. It even helped me think more deeply about my current show “Story” and sparked the idea of turning the receptions into a weaving of autobiography, fairy tales, and images. So, thank you once again, Ed! The new interview, which came out today, is also at Ennyman’s Territory: “Artist Melissa D Johnston Revisited.”

October Fine Art America Contest Wins and My First Solo Show!

I had two third place contest wins at Fine Art America in October!

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“To Touch the Moon” won third place in the contest “Enchanted.”

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“Muse” won again (!), this time a third place win in “Best Digital Art on FAA.”

But the best news is that both of these images will be part of my first solo show called “Story,” which opens Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Old Town Public House in Cornelius, NC. The show will run for three months, and the reception will be full of “story” in both image and word form. More details coming soon!!

Nighttime Playground

I’ve been a little behind in posting the images from the iPhone Eternal Childhood series to the blog. Here’s one I did a couple months ago: “Nighttime Playground.”

Each night, the Moon kisses secretly the lover who counts the stars. ~~Rumi

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Caught

This piece originally began with what I thought would be a series (and it may still be). I was working on two different pieces dealing with our relationship as humans with the “natural world.” I was unhappy with where I had gotten with both of them and on a whim I decided to try them together. Violà!

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This piece, called “Caught,” looks at the vicious circle that develops with our treatment of the “natural world.” Our ignorance of our interconnectedness with it (and our actions originating from that lack of knowledge) creates a scenario that teaches us how interconnected we really are (think climate change’s effects) in a way that feels less like being part of a whole or in a relationship and more like being at the mercy of an angry, powerful Other–one we helped to create. As nature gets sicker, we get sicker. As we pollute nature, we pollute ourselves.

These were the two pieces that went into “Caught”:

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The first was created originally from a photo I took at a rest stop on Mother’s Day and another that I’d taken a couple months back. The idea was to intertwine the human with the tree, including its roots.

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The second was taken from a photo I took last weekend at Jones Bridge Park in Norcross, GA. A cement block was lodged in the Chattahoochee river along with other debris. It was combined with another photo I took a few months ago. Here, it’s the idea of being “caught” (cement block around the head, and his appearing to rest in it and smile) in our own trash and being completely oblivious.

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We’ll see if it develops into a series….

Eternal Childhood: The things we carry

“The things we carry” is another piece in the Eternal Childhood series, which explores the magic not just of childhood, but of being human itself. A magic we could experience if we could but glimpse ourselves and the world differently for even one moment.
Melissa D. Johnston-The things we carry