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Fire and Water Crowns: A Sacred Heart and Waves of Love for Queer Berlin

Fire and Water UV resin and holographic vinyl crowns by Suzanne Forbes July 2020I made these two crowns during June and July, which feels like a century ago.

I am continuing my materials experiments with iridescent and holographic polymers, from holo vinyl to Angelina Fantasy Film. As well as UV resin!

Fire and Water UV resin and holographic vinyl crowns by Suzanne Forbes July 2020The wave crown is made of holographic vinyl, cut into waves and shaped.

The vinyl is curved around a floral wire frame which has Angelina Fantasy Film melted onto it.

Fire and Water UV resin and holographic vinyl crowns by Suzanne Forbes July 2020 blueThen I added loops of wired beads and lots of opalescent crystals.

Experimenting with sparkling substances is something much closer to play than drawing or painting ever is for me.

Fire UV resin and Angelina Fantasy Film crown by Suzanne Forbes July 2020There is a fluidity in the process of using materials that are themselves changeant.

I also love not knowing what I’m doing or if it is gonna work! It may seem silly, but working on these projects allows me to access flow state or what Keats calledNegative Capability“.

A poet, then, has the power to bury self-consciousness, dwell in a state of openness to all experience, and identify with the object contemplated.

Gieza Poke in crowns by Suzanne Forbes June 2020I need to handle these materials, I want these beautiful items to exist, but I don’t need to keep them once they’re in the world!

So many of my mixed media projects this summer were donated to queer Berlin fundraiser raffles. I am adding value to the Berlin Queerconomy in every way I can!

Gieza Poke has done most of the raffles, on the live twitchstream of  Gieza‘s Poke House in Quarantine. She made awesome and hilarious videos to promote them! Beautiful Keili won the wave crown, which was so perfect! Gieza wore the fire crown for the last Quarantine show.

Fire and Water UV resin and holographic vinyl crowns by Suzanne Forbes July 2020 outsideYou can see the archive of the five months of quarantine shows, all of which were livestreamed, here, under the VIDEOS tab of Gieza’s twitch account,

I am so grateful for my Patreon Patrons’ support of my mixed media artwork, the place I feel safest with evolving and experimenting. It’s what I do instead of vacation 🙂 !

Fire UV resin and Angelina Fantasy Film crown by Suzanne Forbes July 2020 cu

Sacred Heart, again, because we need faith and compassion more than ever.

Sacred Heart with angelina fantasy film by Suzanne Forbes June 2020I made another Sacred Heart.

For me the Sacred Heart symbolizes our burning, blazing love for each other, our ability to keep going with love and find faith at the darkest times.

Sacred Heart with angelina fantasy film by Suzanne Forbes June 2020This one really lights up!

As a person with no religious education beyond the Narnia books, I don’t actually know what the Heart Afire means to people raised in churches.

Sacred Heart with angelina fantasy film by Suzanne Forbes June 2020To me it’s a companion to the Phoenix, a representation of the flame of compassion and faith that burns in our hearts.

(little peek of my Phoenix tattoo in this shot!)

Sacred Heart with angelina fantasy film by Suzanne Forbes June 2020 insideThis Sacred Heart is Made of Angelina Fantasy Film and UV resin, mostly.

Plus holographic vinyl, iridescent vinyl, opal fimo, translucent fimo, microbeads, micro glitter, hex glitter, oilslick pvc. and some ribbon I’ve had since 1995. Sacred Heart with angelina fantasy film by Suzanne Forbes June 2020 detail

This piece is part of a whole wild road I am going down with Angelina fantasy film and uv resin.

One of the earliest projects here; how to google Angelina Fantasy Film here. I have been making SUCH beautiful things! More about them next month.

Sacred heart from March.

Hearts Afire shadowbox

Hearts Afire embroidery