Don't TRASH the Trash - There May Be Gold in the Dumpster
I was a fan of recycling before the word was coined. It was not so much my ahead of the times environmental streak but more the challenge of making something, the fun of reusing stuff over and over to make new items. My generation was not entitled to brand new everything and school projects meant a school wide cry for paper towel rolls, cigar boxes and old buttons. I think this was critical for our creative development but it was what the society could afford at the time....I digress.
Because I so loved this game I have always been accused of saving every little doodad that might possibly have a new life. So imagine the thrill I experienced the very first time I stumbled upon a piece of "assemblage art" at a bona fide art exhibition. At the time the only thing I "got" was that there was a creative endorsement of my saving fetish. WOW.
You can read more on assemblage from MOMA here or an art history definition here, but my shortened explanation is an art piece, usually 3D, put together with found objects. Simple enough?
Yes, and no. I have never taken the time to study assemblage seriously enough to be really stellar at it But some of the I issues I see which are critical to success include the archival-ness of materials used (will bugs eat that?), the incredible array of tools needed (how to shorten a piece of aluminum or wood), and maintaining a pleasing composition while still managing to convey a message or produce something beautiful.
However, technique and knowledge have never been barriers to fun and every now and then I dive in such as I did with the piece above. Altars always fascinate me and I wanted to create one of my own,
The problem was the wide array of my beliefs cant be summed up by any one figure. Which got me started thinking about all the things that mankind worships, or grabs at in desperation...or (see where my mind runs...?)
Here is a detail of the work in progress.
"Finding" pieces and parts takes time and patience. Sometimes one "find" inspires an entire piece, other times you have an idea and have to begin a "collection box" for stuff specific to the idea.
"One Size Never Fits All"
assemblage, still in progress
26" x 14"
And because I like to work on several pieces at once (and I was rummaging through my treasure troves of trash) I decided to create a "nest" as well. Here is a photo of it in progress.
"The Best We Could With What We Had"
assemblage, still in progress
16" high x 15" wide
The funny little sticks and square tiles are making an "audition." My quilting friend Ellen Lindner loaned me that phrase because in her work she lays out lots of fabrics and shapes while making decisions. She calls it auditioning...I love that. So the little "maybe picket fence" of popsicle sticks you see are only trying out for the role...no decisions yet.
Come on over and play in my trash...perhaps then my husband will understand that all thoses bins and boxes hold the secret to future award winning pieces of art?!
REALLY into RECYCLE,