Austine at Work on a Commission for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Erika Wood

 Polage® Art for the Montgomery, AL Museum of Fine Arts


In 2012, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts commissioned Austine to create an interpretation of a large painting in their collection called Cazador de Nubes by Edgar Soberon. This is the second “interpretation” Austine has created for the MMFA. 

The video above shows Austine working on that commission, and is a great look at the behind-the-scenes work that goes on in making a Piece of her artwork. Before the work you’re seeing here, of course, comes a crucial part of the process in making the drawing “plans” for the Polage work. Even for an homage such as this one, her medium and methods are so very different from painting with pigment, she cuts every separate color from clear cellulose, so that an image has to be conceived and designed in shapes, smaller and smaller shapes for shading and tone. It is a painstaking process, but it’s rewarding in the end.

click the image to page through a slideshow of views of the finished piece

Click here to see a list of other Commissions, Installations and other artworks in Public View.