Yay, Whew, Still Standing!
I don’t know why I didn’t give up on this vision right in the middle of it. It wasn’t the art part that almost made me give up, it was having to learn something so utterly out of my realm…wiring circuits and soldering wires to strips of LED lights. All of this attached to a car clicker case with a switch sticking out the side AND velcroed in place so the buyer can change the little twelve volt battery I installed to run the whole dang thang.
I have people to thank. There is a young guy who works at the Gulf Sound and Vision here on Waiheke Island. He taught me everything about the wiring. My husband Scott showed me how to solder wires to make a good circuit. Mike up on the hill showed me how to drill perspex (plexiglass) and put in pop rivets. Found Cambrian Plastics in Henderson and the LED Warehouse on the Internet.
Each painting has a second layer behind it with the LEDs illuminating it from behind. I wanted these paintings to be portable and in fact be two paintings. A daytime painting and a backlit nighttime abstract painting. 1.5 cm clear plastic tubing acts as a spacer between the two layers of perspex (5 mm thick plexiglass).
This series is available through Waiheke Studio Connections in Oneroa as of August 29th.