Working on a professional development grant this morning means plenty of thumbing through things on the internet to take a break from writing. My reward for finishing that last paragraph? Post something!
Here we have the art material that is now filtering itself all through my house. It’s hard to encrust wire with glitter and not make a mess.
This weekend I’m working on photos of my recent work including this piece called “Little Needs” that I made from an old fur coat, a stuffed animal, old jewelry, gold leaf, and beads. Other than the beads and thread, I didn’t buy any of it–it was all random stuff I found here and there.
People donate all kinds of interesting things to the nonprofit organization I work for. It’s great for the found object artist. I was looking through a donation the other day and opened a container to find a mass of twisted, used twist-ties. All together they looked really interesting and a little (should I admit it) repulsive. Now they’re destined for art.
This is the piece I’m working on right now. My dilemma is that I’m not sure I can exhibit it anywhere because it’s so fragile and it begs to be touched at the same time. The little copper wire in the center of this photo is a big part of the problem. The piece is a whirligig and you can blow on it to get it to rotate. I’d wanted the main whirligig to drive some other motion on the piece and after a lot of trial and error I got this little wire to successfully move a gilded electric mixer beater. The connection is tenuous, and if anyone prods it in the wrong way it will bend or break.
It’s a problem I run into on a lot of my art. I’ve got all kinds of stuff on the surface. It asks you to touch and explore. It’s playful. Approachable. Modeled on a toy but very much not something to play with. I want the viewer to interact with it, but not by touch.
I’m not sure what the solution will be.
I organized my studio over the Christmas break. Of course I found quite a few interesting little bits and pieces that I’d forgotten about, including these jointed cake decorations. Some still had cake on them, so I decided to finally wash them off. I love the silvery bubbles as seen from below.