Shannon Berrey

Aaron Hequembourg

Monday, November 29, 2010

I fell in love with the art of artist Aaron Hequembourg of Big White Dog several years ago.
He was selling at one of our local arts festivals.

{via ghostmap.blogspot}

I was immediately struck by the rich textures and the combinations of all the medias he uses --
salvaged wood, rustic hardware, antiqued book pages and found objects. So many layers... 

 After graduating with a degree in Printmaking and Engraving, Aaron didn't have the funds
to purchase a printing press, so he began to use a woodburning tool to sketch his images into found wood.

In the late 90's, he married and moved to his wifes 2000+acre farm in Monticello, Georgia
that had been in her family since 1815. He began to dismantle the many sharecropper buildings,
using the wood and discovering discarded pieces of history along the way--medicine bottles,
 old newspapers, mason jars.

There were obviously wonderful stories behind each piece. The rich history just seems to
seep out of the wood grain. Aaron uses inspirations from old photographs in many of his pieces. 

One of Aaron's sons was the model for the piece above.
 {My camera phone photos do not do these pieces justice}

Every blade of grass is a sliver of an old book page.  

His newest pieces involve close-ups of hands. These may be some of my very favorite to date. 

{'Camellia' 46"W X 49"H Engraved assemblage from sharecropper houses
Wood from sharecropper houses,1870s'-80s' pedal organ music, found objects}

Like Aaron explains, this series is so relatable--there are no faces to determine who these distinguished hands may belong to. We get to use our imagination and might even discover our own grandmas wrinkles, or our great-uncles callouses.... What great wisdom these thick dark hands surely possess..  

{'WPA Cotton Worker's Hands'  351/2"W X 351/2"H
Wood and metal strapping from farm buildings,book and hymnal pages}

Every wrinkle and the grain in the wood is a layered strip of an old book page.

If you want to see some of the actual models, he has some great photos of them as well:



Aaron's work has been described as 'the next generation of folk art'. I agree. He has won dozens of awards in just the past few years and he shows at festivals all over the country. If you get the opportunity to see his art in person--run!! He will graciously share an intriguing story behind each piece. And you may even be lucky enough to watch his process:

This is my treasured piece of Aaron's work that I purchased the first time I saw his work.
I hope to one day own {many} more.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My blessings are abundant!! I am so thankful for a heavenly Father who always provides us
what we really need and for sometimes granting wishes for things we don’t really need.

I hope you are spending this day with all those you love. Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving art

Friday, November 19, 2010

Check out Jessica's fun Thanksgiving version of the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' posters!
 And she has allowed us to share them by making them printables! Love it!
Check out her blog at Craftily Ever After and you can download the full resolution, print it out
and pop it in a frame.  

{Craftily Ever After}

Jessica has got lots of other great ideas on her crafty blog--check it out!

Have a great weekend! 

Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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