Some fun with collage. Take a vintage photo, one of those folders photos used to come in, a page out of a dictionary, and some pieces of a reproduction Ernst Haekel illustration. Then add some color pencil, oil pastel, acrylic ink, and voila...
The weather was beautiful out here in the hinterlands this weekend, so needless to say I was out enjoying it: biking, kayaking, gardening, that kind of thing. However, I did find some time to put in a little work on my as of yet unnamed shrine-to-something. As shown in the following images, I added a few odds-n-ends to the upper portion. The piece at the top is the backer plate to an old drawer handle, and the pieces on either side are (I believe) corner brackets from an old trunk. As you can see, I've also added a pair of "columns," which are actually spindles off an old chair. Finally, I wanted to create a different profile for the base, so I ringed it in pieces from a vintage frame.
As of yet, I still have no idea what the focal point of this piece will be. I guess my muse is on leave for the time being.
My next step (other than trying to come up with the aforementioned focal point) will be the paint treatment. Please check back for updates.
Generally I have some kind of idea where a piece of art is going before I get too far into it. Even if I haven't sketched out an idea, I've at least got an idea for a theme, picked through my piles of junk for some fitting objects, and settled on a rough composition before doing any construction. However, every so often I'll build a structure in the hopes that an idea will reveal itself during the process. This is just one of those build-it-and-the-ideas-will-(hopefully)-come projects. At this point the piece has the appearance of some kind of little (approximately 9 X 6 X 7") shrine. To what? I have no idea. Hopefully the subject matter will reveal itself soon.
Here's a short vid of my piece entitled "Once Upon a Time." No sound; just me trying to display how the lens works and showing off the contents of the piece.
The inspiration for this piece, which I constructed in a 7.5 X 6.5 X 3.5" wooden cigar box, is the old tintype photo (shown above) of two mustachioed gentleman, smoking cigars. Brothers? Outlaws? Lovers?
I've embedded a convex lens in the lid in order to, when the lid is closed, magnify the photo. (The lens was taken from one of those outdoor projectors people used to use to shine holiday/seasonal images on their houses.) When the lid's opened, it magnifies a "shift" key from an old typewriter.
Other than the box, photo, and lens, the piece includes various vintage papers and plenty of found objects.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.