Untitled (at this point), 2020, 45″ x 18″ x 10″
So this past week I have been working on voice, not content. The best work merges the subject of a piece with the artist’s unique way of addressing it.
On a mission to work bigger than usual, the size of my elements are exploding. Pushing myself in this experiment, the physical composing of elements is taking the front seat and the content seems nowhere.
To begin this larger work, I looked for outliers in inventory. Shapes that had never been considered for use. The dark element at the left is a double bed headboard, truncated. Good start. Then two balusters, around here forever, and too clean and proper for my taste except in some kind of contrast within the composition. Here, they fit.
And it is always wonderful to “move” an old part. Inspired by new finds, they always go first.
The textile person comes out when pattern is involved in composing. I love a repeat pattern. These chunks of turned wood embellish the headboard.
And they share color and value with the only element in this piece that is part of a chair. The broad wooden piece with three holes in it is the interior structure of the back of a chair, over which padding and surface upholstery was added.
I included a paint stick white on one end and dark on the other to continue to state the parameters of the color/value composition here.
All other shapes in this piece are from old experiments deconstructed into only “parts” again.
Now if I could only figure out what this piece is about!