Thursday, February 21, 2013
Denton stained glass artist creates ode to The Hobbit
Christie A. Wood was inspired after a visit to Hobbiton in New Zealand.
DENTON Christie A. Wood, UNT alum and owner of Denton’s Art Glass Ensembles, will show her stained glass art at theonering.net’s “An Unexpected Art Show” Friday in Los Angeles. The show will bring together art inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories. More than 30 artists from around the world will feature works covering a wide variety of styles.
Wood has been a fan of Tolkien since 1973, when she first read The Lord of the Rings series.
“My geeky friends and I even taught ourselves to write in the Elvish script,” Wood said.
Wood’s involvement with the event was a bit unexpected, she said. She ran into a friend who works for theonering.net, a global web community focused on Tolkien’s best-known works, while on a trip to New Zealand to tour the set of The Hobbit movie. Wood was asked to consider doing some of her stained glass artwork for the upcoming show.
“We had just returned from visiting the sets of Hobbiton, so I had plenty of good ideas,” Wood said.
After returning from New Zealand, Wood began to work on the six panels that she would display at the art show. She based the pieces on photographs she took on her trip and her own vision of Hobbiton, the home village of the novel and film’s central character, Bilbo Baggins.
“I had to make sure I did not use any images owned by the movie folks,” Wood said. “This art show is not directly associated with the film.”
Theonering.net’s Alyse Gagne said that the group was looking for more than the standard fare for the event.
“We were looking for unique mediums,” Gagne said. Wood, who works exclusively with stained glass, was a perfect fit. “We hope to shine a light on just some of the incredible artwork created by a group of artists from all walks of life.”
Despite people tattooing Tolkien quotes on their bodies and the novels being analyzed for insightful meanings, philosophy professor Eugene Hargrove said that Tolkien wasn’t aiming for a deep symbolism in the adventures set in Middle Earth.
“He imagined these as a work of non-fiction,” Hargrove said. “He tried to make it realistic, not an allegory.”
Whether or not Tolkien ever intended his implied non-fiction to inspire so many generations of fans, artists like Wood have taken the tales as a muse.
“This art show is to celebrate the beautiful imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien, and how his writings and artwork have influenced artists from around the world working in all media,” Wood said.
More information on Wood’s art can be found at www.artglassensembles.com.
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