There are several creative projects that keep niggling at me from the back of my mind. I mostly ignore these messages, because these ideas don’t seem to be relevant to my current art. But one of them became loud this week, so I decided to give it some time and see where it might lead.
I sometimes play around with found objects like rocks, shells and driftwood. I combine them into small sculptures, and I have a growing collection of these pieces. I think they look like lone figures contemplating existential concerns.
I like the Zen-like simplicity of these assemblage pieces, but something was telling me to do more with them, to add to them. So I started by creating platforms for them to sit on.
I used materials to complement the found objects — test pieces from my natural pigment paintings, burlap and netting used in making leaf prints, indigo-dyed denim, and black spray paint.
Then I added some telephone wire and hemp-wrapped wire for a bit of color here and there.
Are they done? Are they over-done? I’m not sure, but I’m having fun working on them. Sometimes I follow a whim not knowing why it’s calling to me. Maybe it will inform future work, or maybe not. The reasons for these explorations only become clear in hindsight.
What ideas are niggling at you these days? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,