This little shrine has been sitting in my "studio" for weeks, waiting for me to find inspiration. Today I put the finishing touches on it. I'm calling it "Faux Real"--so I guess it's kind of a commentary on society's tendency to embrace the fake and ignore the real. It's about 7" wide, 7.5" deep, and 9.5" tall, and it features a ceramic doll's arm, some clock parts, other found objects, and an image from a vintage anatomy book. By the way, the entire back-drop was built from scratch, using, among other things, MDF, corrugated cardboard, furniture parts, modeling paste, and pieces of chair spindle. I treated most of the back-drop with iron paint and a rusting patina.
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.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.