Archive for the ‘Found Objects’ Category

Fragments. An old chair. Inspiration for new work.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

As a small child I pulled things apart. Even, before I could talk, I ripped apart dolls and toys. I used to make little displays, installations of the fragments and other discarded things. Today I still pull things apart. I find fragments more pleasing and sometimes, even more interesting than the original object.

 

 

Recently, I pulled apart an old chair that had been hanging around for years. The wood was still good. The cloth and leather had grit and rust, just perfect for sculpture. The rustic bits and pieces also related to some textile fragments, I unpicked from an 1800’s, quilt topper. I’m still working on outcomes and painting has crept in too. Below are some pics of the process.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Power of an Object. Identity through Object.

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

One of my life- time interests is collecting vintage, antique and found objects. I believe, through objects, stories can be told, and through imagination, new ones found.

Objects and their stories, often inspire my art making too. I deconstruct items for sculpture. Old clothing and antique quilts, are often used in textile pieces, artist books and collage. Aged  surfaces and patinas of collections, make their way into my abstract paintings, too.

 

 

Lately, I have been asking myself a few questions about, collecting and identity. Especially after the passing of my step father a few years ago, when I had the huge task, of cleaning out his house and shed. Overwhelming at times, the hoard, has found it’s way into my life & studio

 

 

Having only known him for a short time, (5yrs) I’ve discovered, through his belongings and objects, a hidden or, new identity.

 

 

Strangely , I now find myself imagining, a new “make believe identity” through the objects he hoarded

 

 

This has lead me to many questions…

When alive, do we really know a person? and can things and objects help us to see, a new, or different identity?

Through objects and belongings, can we feel connected to that person?

Can objects change, how we see others & ourselves?

 

 

 

 

 

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Axis of Evil Sonata. Equilibrium. Sculpture.

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Axis of Evil Sonata. Equilibrium. Sculpture.

It’s never too late… finally after many changes, a couple of sculpture’s I started back in 2006 are now complete. ( I think). Sometimes I have to wait around a long time for the right object to turn up. Of course, I don’t know what it is until I come across it.

TITLE – Axis of Evil Sonata. 2006-2015

 

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SIZE – 19x12x11cm. approx

 

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MED – plastic cowboy, eagle, wooden music box, mirror, metal, glass vials, black sand, paper,enamel paint, music box movement.

 

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Found -Object sculpture. Music box beats out Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” while a gunslinger from the “Wild West” spins around. Beside the black box sit, 5 glass vials, filled with fine black gravel. The inside of the box is filled with more, fine black gravel. Reflections on war and global conflict. A response to the invasion into Iraq, 2003.

 

TITLE- Equilibrium. 2006-2015

 

 

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SIZE- 18″ x 8″ – 47x20cm approx.
MED – plastic,rock-metal,music box ballerina,wire, enamel paint.

 

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Composure. Mental or emotional balance.

 

 

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