Saturday, August 1, 2009

Disintegration Project - August 1st Reveal

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!
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This is mine:

... the original bundle before disintegration.
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... after a long winter of weathering.
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August 1st 2009
... the final piece: "Page 161 - Alice's Evidence."
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(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.
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(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.
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(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.

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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 :)

38 comments:

ooglebloops said...

I know you're not here - but I have to be the first to tell you this is gorgeous!!!! You have the eye to be able to put such disparate things together in such an artistically pleasing way!!Mine has never gotten past the planning stage on paper!!! LOL

*jean* said...

i can see why you would love this in your home, it has a story...it is a testament to weathering yet another winter in the graylands....it's just beautiful, kimmie...

Maj said...

This is a very beautiful piece of art! I love how you adjusted to the way things developed and let the paper stay stuck to the board etc.

theresa martin said...

You got some beautiful weathering. Love the final piece you made from your bundle. Well done!

BT said...

I do hope you're having a great holiday. I just love your new piece and am so glad you left the 'Alice' page attached, even sticking it some more. The little smelly sachet is fabulous and my favourite is the rusty bundle at the bottom. No wonder your husband loves it and it is hung inside. Mine is too big I'm afraid! It'll have to stay in the barn or the garden, do visit when you get back. Well done.

ArtPropelled said...

How wonderful!!! I love what you have done with the remains of the project and the bouquet of rusty nails is the cherry on the top.

Nikki Lee Anne Ghilain said...

What a great way to present your bundle.....I love the nails!

Linda B said...

You are amazing!! Words cannot describe.

Karin Bartimole said...

Your piece is just beautiful! all the elements and layers lovingly and warmly melded together by you and nature - yum! I hope you are enjoying a fabulous vacation,
Karin

Elizabeth said...

This is going to sound completely juveline but: THAT IS COMPLETELY AWESOME! I just love it -- the whole darn thing. Thank you for posting and have a wonderful vacation.

Elizabeth said...

I meant juvenile!

DymphieM said...

this is one cool piece, really wonderful.

Julie Prichard said...

Beautiful! And ohhh am I a fan of SMN!! Well done!

La Dolce Vita said...

what a great piece! I love it! looks like it was a lot of fun!

Ruth Rae said...

perfect post! your art turned out wonderful!

femminismo said...

Oh, I was so wanting to see what happened and it's great! I love the tea bag and the nail "flowers" are perfect. Hope you had a great vacation. - Jeanne

Renee Howell said...

Love your line "it's not like I don't care." Your piece is SO interesting. I, too, find myself drawn to my piece - even through I know it's pretty darn weird! Have a great vacation!

Ontheroad said...

Lovely piece.

rachel whetzel said...

I think you said it. "It was born out of my heart" I think that's what touches me most of all these amazing pieces!! It's like looking into an artist' heart... thanks so much for sharing!! Your final piece is PERFECT.

lyle said...

I love the nail flowers. there is a secret in that bouquet that makes it so appealing. thanks for sharing lyle

Nancy said...

Your project is wonderful. Very touching. I love the words on the last page, so perfect :)

Don Madden said...

Thanks for the details about your piece - I like the way the text stuck in place.

diane said...

Very very nice piece of artwork! I know you are both enjoying it, and rightly so =)

Mar said...

you are an inspiration
this turned out terrific!

elk said...

what a way to finish this marvel of a project ~applause!

Linda said...

Inspirational! I'm full of admiration and love it all..... especially the nail bouquet.
XO

alteredbits said...

i really, really love your final piece! gorgeous!! the nails are so fabulous, and the paper, and yes -- love it!

Tammy said...

Oooh...very cool. Love the bindle of nails with paper tips to resemble flowers.

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Your bundle began looking wonderful and weathered so artfully. What you've created with so many special bits is magic!!!

Kim said...

I love this piece too. Think its the worn and faded colours as well as the integrated aged look of the component pieces. It all just works together so well. Just beautiful! Enjoy your holiday!

herminesplace said...

Its gorgeous.

Lisa Sarsfield said...

I absolutley love your nail bouquet! That's clever!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Although I'm a bit slow in getting to all the DisCo projects, I am delighted that I made it here. Your piece has touched my heart, too. I really love it. It is beautiful.

Have a wonderful vacation

deb said...

I just love Alice and how perfect for a disintegrating work, falling down the rabbit hole. The finished piece is very restful and dreamy, I wish I could smell the wax and herbs too!

donnaj said...

cool piece!

luthien said...

oh wow oh wow oh wow!!! it is BEAUTIFUL!! i cannot find enough words to describe this. it's got an aura of memories, nostalgia, romance ... it just makes my heart swell when i see it. and the images you took of it ... exquisite! this piece is just perfect! no words no words ... HUGS!! luthien :)

Kristin said...

Such a cool and precious project, what a treasure to have!

neva gagliano said...

SO HOW DID I MISS THIS WAY BACK THEN? GLAD YOU highlighted your most popular post so i could check this out.....so many dimensions to you, and to this!