I’m feeling pretty good about where I’m at in the creation process. Things are coming along and ideas are flowing nicely. I’ve almost roughed out all of my pieces. Then I will go back and refine, embellish, and embroider some more. Oh yes, and video! I’ve finally sorted my ideas for the video component of my Glean residency. I’ve been doing a lot of writing, exploring the stories of the materials I’ve gleaned and looking deep into their functions as they transition from trash to treasure. The videos will look at materiality, pairing the texture and tactile experience of material with the cultural perception of the value of objects. All videos will be available on the web and accessible via QR code and phone at the exhibit.
Until then, here are some examples of the sculptures I’ve been building.
Both of these are made from towels, sweaters, pillow pollyfill, blanket and discarded yarn.
This one is my current obsession still in progress. Costume netting, towels, pillow pollyfill, blanket and yarn.
Let’s just talk about this sweet, little red crate I found at the transfer station on my first day of gleaning. Little beauty, right? The cherry red color caught my eye and I thought it would be a perfect base on which to build a sculpture. It’s a little damaged and crunched, which creates a lovely curve to usually straight box lines.
Since I’m collecting stories from the objects I Glean, I decided to ask my almost 4 year-old son the story of this crate. Without any hesitation, he informed me that this crate was a banana box that has been shipped in a large truck. Apparently, the truck got into an accident and a bad guy came along and turned it into gold. Then a good guy showed up and turned it back into a red crate. Finally, it has reached its destination and we will turn it into art soon.
Before it gets to be art, this crate has enjoyed a second life as a wonderful plaything for my son. Since it’s recent arrival at my house, it has been a cave, a boat, and a mountain to climb. For my children, this crate is a magnificent object with endless possibilities. If only we all saw stuff with children’s eyes, I think our waste troubles would be behind us.