Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Piling


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...
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6 comments:

Bitter Sweet Metaphor Irene said...

it's interesting to read how you came to make this and how you sometimes also have a heavy head and a heavy heart for no reason. Isn't it strange how moods grab a hold of us and won't let go. At least you were creative with yours. That's great, Lisa. I think I've found a new way too. I must explore it more. Ciao...

The Artful Eye said...

Lisa is pile turned out great. You should be very happy with the result and I see it turned your mood around.
I get paralyzed when I'm depressed and don't create at all.

John said...

I like the work and in particualr the message at top left. Size? For men, size matters.

Thanks for sharing your story - I find peace when I create and sometimes create well when happy and when sad - less so when angry.

"Enough about me, tell me what you think of me." That sentence was in a commercial I saw about ten years ago and I still think it is egocentric funny.

I renamed our pet snake "Lisa of the Avacados."

Mick said...

Recognizing that your subconscious was at work is a key here. While it may be a stretch to imagine that the mood itself was fostered by that mysterious area of the mind, I'm convinced that what happens is, we're offered an opportunity to investigate something with no information beyond the activity of getting to work. Anyway, pay attention to moods and this process of piling within the process of your work. It's one of the ways said subconscious has to tell you what you need to do.

Neda said...

Isn't magnificent that art can lift us toward such etheral reality? I hope you feel better today. This "piling" is truly magnificent. ...and have I ever told you that I love that red background you have on your blog??? I want that exact color for my living room!! Very rich and passionate...just like inagination:)

Shani said...

Ah...art therapy in action. I know exactly how you feel, I do this too, retreat to my workroom, shut out the world and just MAKE something. I think this is my equivalent to my mother's moving the furniture around.

A very well done piling Lisa, bravo!