Fabergé Big Egg by Jannell Turner
Exciting news: I have been selected for a prominent public art event in NYC called The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt along with Jeff Koons, Francesco Clemente, Julian Schnabel, Jennifer Bartlett, and April Gornik, as well as 200 other artists and designers. As a fundraiser for two great organizations, Studio in the School and The Elephant Family, the event culminates with an auction of the eggs at Sotheby's on April 22, 2014.
My Egg is called Enchanted. It is based on the idea of being inside an enchanted forest, with two trees intertwined, one whose branches cascade a canopy of leaves which lead to an open meadow in the distance. Please see below...the four main panels of my Egg!
The trees on my egg for Fabergé are inspired by those from a 1873 drawing entitled "Catskills" by David Johnson, a second generation Hudson River School painter. I was intrigued artistically by the shape of two trees against one another with such opposite gestures -- one bending backwards, one upright. I elaborated with mine by adding branches and a lush canopy of leaves on the upright tree that extend across the other side of the egg. By contrast, my bent tree extends with a barren branch. To me, these trees speak of today's threat of fracking in the Catskills,* Who wants radioactive waste trickling into the soil and polluting our New York drinking water? ** How will fracking affect our wilderness?