Well I think so anyway! I fully appreciate that these pieces will appeal to a minority audience but I have enjoyed using my found pieces in a way that pleases me. Here are two of the three final objects in their original state – an anorak cuff and a rolled up piece of rubber, original purpose unknown:
Found rubber “Vessel”
I knew that I could see potential in both of these items – lots of lovely texture – but knew also that they needed more. I decided to construct a third piece using some found black plastic, made interesting by the sea. I then played about with different additions until I found what I wanted, and added stitch.
Vessel in progress
I wanted to make each piece interesting on the outside and the inside and felt that they worked best as a trio. I plan to sit them on a piece of found wood (yet to be retrieved from my stash in a nearby garage!) and hope to source something like a vintage taxidermist glass dome to go over the top. Here are the three pieces now:
Vesssel made from found objects and stitch
These images do not show what is going inside the three vessels – you’ll just have to come along and see them during the Chichester Art Trail to see the full effect – Chichester Art Trail 2018
There is no doubt that my taste is changing – I am drawn to more abstract and semi abstract work than I was when I was younger. I wonder why? I see marks and patterns that attract me in the strangest of places, even in rubbish. As you know, one of my hobbies is beach combing. I like to collect objects that are weathered and distressed by the sea – these are nearly always man made items – whilst I appreciate the beauty of stones and shells I do not feel the need to collect them.
It is unusual to find paper on the beach as it is easily broken up by the waves – not so, sadly, the plastic. These are some bits collected recently:
A crisp bag, a sandwich wrapper and other plastic. I like the way the colours and text have been eroded and altered by the action of the sea.
But, the big question of course, is how can these be used in “Art”. Well, as a start, I played around with composition, decided I needed a bit more texture and added some found duct tape. So the next stage could be to reinterpret these shapes and colours in mixed media …. a project for the New Year.