The use of a toothbrush and other materials for removing organic material helped to reveal the fine veins in this 3-dimensional cactus skeleton. The fine veins of the skeleton showcase how the resilient cactus uses its own circulatory system to thrive. The veins were highlighted by hand-painting the piece in gold and setting it within an 11” x 14” black shadow box lined with black velvet.
The Wildling Museum is excited to welcome Debbie MacInnis as its current Featured Local Artist and to offer her artwork and eco-print products online and in its Museum Gift Store.
Debbie MacInnis is a Santa Barbara resident who creates original art from plants that thrive in Southern California. Many pieces are created using a process called eco-printing. This process uses live plant materials that are placed onto natural fibers (silk or watercolor paper). The fibers are first prepared to allow the image of the plant to be “released” on the fiber when the fiber is subjected to heat and pressure. The color of the image depends on (1) the type of plant material (many will not print), (2) how the fibers are prepared, (3) the time of year when the plant materials are harvested, and (4) whether the fibers are colored before or after printing using natural dyes or other coloring materials. She also creates wall art using dead or dying cacti. The cacti are meticulously stripped of organic material so as to reveal the cactus’ delicate, intricate, skeletal system.
Debbie's artworks are available for pick-up only (from the Wildling Museum in Solvang, CA) after online purchase. All artwork is sold framed. The unframed image is a clearer representation of the artwork itself, while the framed image -please excuse the glare - is included to show you the artwork as you would be purchasing it.