Our Mystery Build Project

by Amy on November 6, 2013, one comment

What do you get when you combine a box full of random art materials, three sisters, and some colorful Expressionist artistic inspiration?

A pretty fantastic piece or sisterly collaboration, that’s what!


Earlier this year Erin contact Carly and I with an fun idea. She had discovered the “Mystery Build Contest.” This is a contest created by two professional artists to encourage creativity and participation in the arts. This is the way it works:

  • You sign up to enter the contest.
  • You receive a box in the mail full of art supplies and materials. You won’t know what types of supplies you’ll be getting until you open the box (this is the “mystery” part of it).
  • You use the materials in the box (and only the materials in the box) to create a piece of art based on the year’s theme.
  • You submit your creation (and hopefully win a prize)!

Everyone who enters the contest receives the same materials in their box, and it is really interesting to see all the different ways people think of to use them. Some of the things in our box included blocks of wood, wire, a bunch of shredded newsprint, some clay, and a block of floral foam.


Our Inspiration Piece

This year’s theme was “Reimagine a work of art” and we used Marc Chagall’s painting “I and the Village” as our inspiration piece. We loved the bright colors and whimsical, imaginative feel of the painting. Our goal was to transform the 2D painting into a 3D sculpture. This presented some interesting challenges. The painting is very dreamlike, and doesn’t always follow the rules of physics.

Like the upside down lady playing the violin.


And the milk maid inside the goat’s face.

Photo Aug 11, 2 44 24 PM

We loved getting together to work on this project. It stretched us creatively but also reminded us of how well we all work together. It was actually while working on this project that we started putting together our ideas to start this blog!

Public voting for the People’s Choice Award is going on for the whole month of November. If you would like to vote for our project, just go to page 4 of the mystery build gallery and vote for #103: I and the 3D Village.

If you’d like to see more of our process, you can take a look at the short video Carly put together.


Mystery Build 2013 I and the Village from Mystery Build on Vimeo.

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