I have a love/hate kind of thing with television. It seems to be so passive that it’s difficult to recognize any value. It’s loud and bright and most of it feels like a reminder of all the things you do not have and will never experience yourself.
But then it’s also a window to something more, things beyond and outside of yourself. And for as many parts of it that make you reflect upon your lacking, there are others that remind you of a sameness, of shared feelings regardless of never having met.
It’s also easy to forget there is love and art that goes into many programs. If you allow yourself to study what you’re seeing, you find deeper levels than what’s immediately obvious. Not everything, obviously, but even those that lack a deeper sense of art can be an interesting reflection of the medium and of our society.
Sometimes I can’t stand to have it on.
Quote by Chris Trapper (from a song called Ocean View)
And other times, I keep it on as a reminder that life is happening.
“Warm Glow” 2015
And if anything, it is at least something I can make art about.
weaving and legs
I discovered in a smallish wooden box some shrink plastic legs I made at least four years ago…I used to use them to make ACEOs for my etsy shop. I hadn’t thought of them in quite some time and when I found them it just seemed to be a wonderful coincidence how well they would work with the small weavings I’ve been making. These are small, all 3.5″ x 5″, and just were so much fun to make. I did bring them to the local art fair this past weekend where I received quite a few concerned looks…but at this point I’m pretty much used to making people cringe with discomfort.
Public art for free. Something I’d been deciding on for ages and waiting for a project that would speak to me. It ended up being these small paper mache birds. I just started one day to make them while trying to find a way to combine art with reuse. Many newspapers became these birds and I adore the idea that all the terrible things that happen in this world can be so easily become an object of delight.
paper mache birds, in the beginning
So plain paper mache became spray painted birds because logistically, leaving them out in the world to be found would mean they would have to be able to stand some weather.
and flocking together in the studio
set out in the world to be found
On new year’s day I went out and put six all around town to be found, as a small test run.
typing up the tags
They all have tags indicating they are free to take and hopefully, to share pictures of it wherever it’s new home becomes.
I made probably 40 of them
So there’s still lots to put out and I may just wait for warmer weather. But who knows? Sometimes the monotony of winter needs surprises more than the spring and summer. Either way, I have plenty and plan to give them all out in the near future.