Seth Apter at the Altered Page is the catalyst for this amazing project.
Please visit his blog for the complete listing of all the artists from around the globe who have "disintegration projects" of their own - the big reveal is today August 1st.
Thank you Seth for your inspiration and encouragement!
This is mine:
... the original bundle before disintegration.
... after a long winter of weathering.
August 1st 2009
... the final piece: "Page 161 - Alice's Evidence."
(at the top of the board)
This is the last page of Alice in Wonderland. It wanted to remain stuck to the board so I let it be. Rather than scrape it off, I added beeswax to further solidify the attachment of paper to wood and paint.
(in the middle of the board)
I used the lace to make a "tea" sachet.
It is filled with the Santa Maria Novella herbs and still has a beautiful, subtle and gently lingering fragrance.
It is tied together with the SMN tag and hung on a twig left behind by the sheltering maple tree.
It hangs just perfectly centered within the circle of stain left by the herb filled cup and saucer that was sitting there all winter long.
(at the bottom of the board)
These are the rusted nails pulled from the book and the board.
The paper has clung to the nails so as to resemble flowers.
I assembled them into a bouquet of steel, rust, wire and stained paper - all dipped into beeswax.
The pictures really don't do it justice. Especially with trying to get the entire piece framed in one shot. I've hung this up in the house and am very very pleased with how it has so quickly become part of the home landscape. My husband loves it and doesn't quite exactly know why. I love it and I do know exactly why. It was born out of my heart.
I am on vacation and will not be able to respond to comments or questions until after Aug 10.
I've actually written this July 24th and have set it to post on Seth's reveal date of Aug 1st.
So it's not like I don't care - I'm just not here.
Hugs until then :)