Monday, April 02, 2007

Assemblage: method & materials

"state of mind"

Dr. John asked: Is there anything you can't use as an artistic medium?

I don't know as I haven't tried them all yet, but I am working on it ;) I would like to paint a junction box in Yellow Springs, but I need to research how to prepare the surface and get permission.

Here is a work I did a few years ago using goat skin stitched onto a box I constructed from spare lumber, a wasps nest (the guys at the local pest control found my request rather amusing), thorned twigs. The skin had to be soaked and stretched wet over the box and stitched before it dried. I was addressing the issue of skinheads who are described by SPL as the "shock troops" for the white supremacist movement.

12 comments:

Angela said...

Very interesting work girl! Which I think is wonderful! For you to have a viewer look and think now how did she do that? Is a compliment in itself. YOU GO!!!!

Philip said...

A really interesting idea. You have a remarkable imagination that knows no bounds - that's just how it should be.

I get some pretty odd looks when I rummage through skips and collect rubbish from the beach! It makes me laugh when people think I am completely mad walking home with some pretty strange things under my arm. I got really excited a few weeks ago when I found an old motherboard in a skip that I took home and smashed to bits with a hammer(it features in my latest post by the way). For my part, there is nothing I wouldn't use in a picture provided I could get it to work.

LynClay said...

What a very powerful work this is...just awesome!!

sue beyer said...

I really like this one. very interesting use of materials :-)

Mr Zip said...

I like this a lot. I was interested to hear that you went looking for a wasps' nest, because initially I'd assumed you found one which was the inspiration for the work. I guess this means the idea came first?

jafabrit said...

thanks everyone, yes the idea came first and I was thinking of how the skinheads are like drones, hence the idea of a nest.
What came first though was the idea of head, a box, covered with skin, filled with stinging hate, then the nest, and then the bars to lock out anything that conflicts with their beliefs.

Cynthia said...

This is very powerful...an interesting play on words/mediums.

Marty Brooks Pinkus said...

I love the thought process that started you on the road to this work. And thanks for the tip about plexiglass - MUCH lighter, for sure!

Still Waters Studio said...

Very deep! I like it.

Shez said...

Very Interesting. The thought process intriguing. Have you always had this freedom of thought? Has it come naturally, or have you trained it, do you think?
I wish I had that kind of freedom....Shez

Dr.John said...

I guess you can use anything for art.

Janvangogh said...

We discovered a HUGE wasp nest in our tree last summer just after we moved. The pest guy said that it would be a two person job to get rid of it. Shortly afterwards, we had all that never-ending rain. I looked up one day after many days of rain only to find that it was gone. Apparently it dissolved.