***Wordpress is still not spacing correctly. *FLAILS* Mad squid is mad.***
*is jittery and crazy to know*
ETA: I just got the call that my both of my pieces were accepted! *EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*
Totally compounded by the fact that I now volunteer there. Talk about a conflict of interests. <–I was told it wasn’t, but y’all know me, I can’t help but be a worry-wart.
So, I had promised that I was going to post pictures of the sculptures that I entered. I was waiting until today because–I don’t know–it seemed appropriate to wait until the competition is over? Does that even make sense?
So, my (not-so) little friends.
The prompt for the show was–
Seeking works of art in all media that focus on personal memories and the essence of our past. Artwork will need to be created with some recycled materials in order to promote the importance of being environmentally responsible.
And the application asked for–
A brief artist statement must be submitted with the images explaining what inspired this piece of artwork and what recycled materials were used.
So, my first piece is unnamed friends: from the 100 acre wood, and it is, basically, a tree stump (yes, there is a joke in here about my nickname being ‘Trie [tree]).
This thing was crazy to make and is freaking huge. It’s about 4 feet tall, hand built (and sewn) from brown paper grocery bags (building a tree from dead trees makes sense to me), has a felt face with buttons, and has crocheted accents and a cardboard interior frame.
It took a really long time to build.
The other piece is also quite large.
Okay, it’s huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge too. Nearly 4 feet again.
I keep making things that are nearly the size of me. o.O
The second piece is unnamed friends: narwhal, and it is built from old coats that were purchased from the local Goodwill.
Again with the “it took forever to build.” Considering I hand-sew everything, that makes sense, but then again, I wouldn’t get the same fluidity and–yes, I’ll admit it–awkwardness if I didn’t hand-sew.
The artist statement for these pieces was–
The inspiration for unnamed friends: from the 100 acre wood and unnamed friends: narwhal comes from a combination of kawaii culture, children’s storybook narratives like Winnie the Pooh, and memories of my own most beloved toys. The scale of the sculptures, in relationship to an adult, evokes the feeling of childhood where everything feels large and strange—even one’s toys. The materials, even though they are primarily recycled, gesture to those parts of childhood that are recycled from others: clothes that have been handed down, toys that have been inherited or made from old clothes, and books that belonged to older siblings.
The recycled materials in unnamed friends: from the 100 acre wood include brown paper grocery bags, cardboard from a shipping container (ironically from Dick Blick), and felt inherited from another artist. The recycled materials in unnamed friends: narwhal include a leather coat and a suede-and-faux-fur coat from Goodwill.
So, those are my friends. They took weeks and are taking up huge amounts of real estate in my current studio, but they are so freaking cool.
I shall sleep the sleep of the accomplished tonight. \o/