Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Main body: Dried organic material, recycled packaging, childs sticker, fancy wire paper clip, recycled magazine images, found number, random text, game piece, rusted nut, found wood. Weaving: Mesh, wool, costume jewelery, dolls arm (polly pocket!) tin leaf, paper split, paper clip.
Why do I wander? I so love doing these pilings!
If I am being honest I started this one today for the same reason I did the 'grounded' one. I was in a bad mood. A bit of a dark cloud hanging around me and a real heaviness in my heart and frustratingly no real reason for it. I just felt that way. So..after moping about for a while grizzling I decided to retreat to my art space and just create. I knew I would do a piling but I had no agenda, no message I wanted to share, no idea to explore I just wanted to pile stuff on the paper and glue it there. So I did.
I started with the background painting it with a mix of 2 of my favorite colours "Brown Sugar" and "Pohutakawa" both by Resene. I then stuck on the ripped numbers (no idea where they came from) and the gold/black strip (recycled packaging) and started looking around on my desk and on the floor in my art space for other bits to use. There's no sense in this, no real order accept for that created by my subconcious. I started off working fast but within a minute or 2 I was already calm. I just gathered and glued intuitively. The weaving bit is no doubt influenced by my love of nests and the associations I have made with them. Perhaps in my mind at least I was retreating back into a warm, peaceful nest. What ever it was it worked for me and I won't question it! I'm feeling much better now and looking forward to more pilings while I wait for the paper pulp to dry...