Saturday, October 8, 2011

Visual Likeness

On the left are photographs of the sidewalk ice formations and on the right are the rust panels.  It was not our intention to directly copy the photographs , but after making 75 panels, the inspirational imagery is strikingly similar.

Art reflects life, the eye recreates what it finds pleasing.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rock Salt

Rummaging through our TeFe photo archive turned up some gems, or should I say crystals.  Our brine solutions slowly evaporate as we work and leaves behind these formations.  Before re-energizing the brine, we shot these images using the super-macro setting on our camera.  We just flipped the "odometer" --- 10,000 shots, same camera, same two sets of rechargeable batteries.
Evaporated salt crystals on a glass dish.                                                                                 

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Here are some shots of the panels in situ.

#69 is a custom panel made for the Dug Road Inn,
a bed & breakfast in Decorah Iowa.

#44 hung vertically

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

St Paul Art Crawl - this Weekend!

Come see us at the St Paul Art Crawl this weekend. We've been working all winter on new paintings and are excited to show the results of our hibernation.


Hamm / Everest Building (more than 30 artists)

Room 104
Sunday Noon-5PM Directions free parking and shuttle to all of the other buildings in the crawl. 
April 23-25
Art Crawl Hours

Friday 6PM-10PM
Saturday Noon-8PM

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sidewalk series

Every morning

and evening

rain or shine,

snow or sleet,

Chris and I are out on a walk with our dog Shadow.

This provides plenty of opportunity for inspiration

and one of the best times of the year is the Spring

thaw. The ice crystals and puddles change by the

minute; their structure marking time, temperature,

and footprints. These are photos taken throughout a

week in February when everything changed from

crusty winter wonderland to the hint of spring.

So if you see this dog patiently waiting for his walk to resume......It's just us out looking for the next inspiration shots...and walking the dog.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hawaiian Gorge-ous

The custom panels are signed, sealed, and delivered. We decided to make 2 pairs and give the client the final choice. Each pair measures 30" wide x 48" tall.

Which one would you choose?

If you'd like to see a Terra Ferma panel up close and in person, check out the show at MCAD this week for the 'Work at MCAD: double shifts' show, #44 is displayed on the second floor for another week. There is also a little panel in the MIA 'foot in the door 4' show. Find it if you can among the thousands of entries.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

In the studio and across the alley

After moving into our new house we have finally set up TerraFerma studio and are beginning on a pair of custom panels. The client saw our work at the St. Paul Art Crawl. After describing what qualities she liked about the work and figuring out the size that would work best in her home. Our working name for the pair is "Hawaiian Gorge".
Here Jen is priming the wood panels getting ready for the fun part- corrosion.

Afterwards, Chris went across the alley to visit our friends Tim and Amy in their studio. Tim and Amy do custom letterpress invitations and stationary at Armato Design and Press. Tim is working on a large run of business cards using very thick paper. It's inspiring to have creative people right outside our door!