Creative Acts of Transformation Family Foibles Reveal - Intuos Creative Stylus

No family is perfect. Yet “Family Foibles” makes all the beautiful, messy, less-than-perfect  experiences that define family into works of art.

This exquisite corpse experiment for Creative Acts of Transformation gave three artists an Intuos Creative Stylus and the theme “Family Foibles.” Then let their imaginations and talent run wild.

The first artist to play was Susan Murtuagh. Inspired by her husband’s signature socks-with-Crocs, Susan’s work got the project started on the right (and quirky) foot.

Q: How did you get started on this project?
A: It came to me right away. I called my husband into the room, and sure enough, I didn’t even have to ask him to put Crocs and socks on!

And best dressed goes to….

Second artist Dave Habben took the next step, channeling his emerging experience collaborating with other Salt Lake City artists to transform the piece. The inspiration for his addition was his family’s tradition of throwing rolls or biscuits to one another at the dinner table. His savory contribution was a tasty surprise!

Q: How does this project reflect the idea of “Creative Acts of Transformation”?

A: I was able to transform someone else’s thought and family foible into my own. That’s the fun thing about collaboration. There’s that sense of making something more of your work and working with somebody else. Your way of thinking is transformed.

The transformation…

Q: What was the biggest surprise for you?

A: The biggest surprise was that the style of the first artist was so different than my own. When I opened it up and saw something so foreign from my own style, I got excited. I thought, “This is going to be really neat. They’ve got people from all different walks of life to try out the same tools and see what they come up with together.”

Last but not least is artist Kate Bingaman-Burt. An illustrator and educator with a fun, eclectic aesthetic, Kate likes color, excess, ridiculousness, and being serious (and not serious!) at the same time.  All that she is and cherishes are reflected in the wonderful “Family Foibles” final product. (And to think she worried about the challenge!)

Putting the fun in “Foible”: 

Q: What did you think when you first heard about this project?

A: That I was initially really intimidated! I still don't feel that confident using a tablet to make work. (Love my pens and paper.) But I wanted to say “yes” just so I could MAKE myself be up for the challenge!

Q: Do you think being last is the easiest or hardest position to be in?

A: Oh, I think it is the hardest. Being last, yikes...lots of pressure!

Thanks to all for this ridiculously awesome exquisite corpse!