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 IS ALREADY HAPPENING – VISIT Seth Apter’s  art blog www.thealteredpage and find out what zany, creative, artistic, artsy fun SECRETS ARE BEING SHARED BY ARTISTS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD Beginning November 22, 2009 with more secrets still arriving, and being published each Sunday for all artists.  Gain new insights, tips, ideas, inspirations – check it out!

 

 

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I am having fun putting together my own entries and hope I can come up with a couple of things that might be helpful or at least interesting!

DISCO – THE FINAL REVEAL!

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 This is the final product from the “Disintegration Manifestation” bundle.   I chose to focus on the passing of time, the changing of seasons, the elements of the earth, and the gratitude of “Grace” as an art form for the pieces from my bundle.  I altered this recycled plastic clock , which I found in a thrift store, as the substrait.  I added the pieces of paper, charms, an  invocation, a set of all seeing eyes, and of course the ‘travelin’ legs’  from the orignal bundle.  I wanted the final piece to look as if it had withstood the passing of time with the promise of future  time, and how preciously the earth offers time as the days pass, the moon rises, and the trees, passing seasons and elements remain constant.  I chose this particular, “seen better days” clock because of the word “Grace” printed on the face.  I saved that single word through the many layers I added over the clock face because the word “Grace” offered exactly what I struggled to achieve in my every day life.

The photos above show the finished art, the first one is hanging, as it is meant to be viewed.  The second photo is laying on the table.    I used pieces from the bundle, but also used other found objects as they found me, including the owl on the top to guide, or to guard?

 As seen from the bottom.  I used an old door keyhole plate on the bottom to thread the legs through – The legs became the symbol of myself, trying to find the secret of escape.

From the Bottom

 As seen from the left side.Left Side

 As seen from the right side.  I used local twigs and painted them antique gold (acrylic) to symbolize the tree the original bundle faced the elements in.

Right Side

 The niche.  A peek into the future, or a glimpse from the past?

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 First version of the clock face.  The word Grace, an acorn top, a maple seed, a delicate hand holding onto time, a postage stamp, a crown for triumph.Disintegration Manifestation 011

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Final Clock face.  The moon (a constant) angled hours of time, copper wire encircling the whole thing, randomly stamped numbers, the north star to guide us.

Original sub-strait  with some sanding, and the clock face disassembled.

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Sub-structure with out drawer

Gessoed over

Gessoed over and ready to begin painting the surface, which I wanted to look like aging metal.  I used  Payne’s Gray, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Turquois (Pthalo), Prussian blue,  and Yellow Ochre acrylic paint applied in layers to achieve an aged brass, or some ancient metal.

The bundle became known as the “Destination Manifestation” and was a focus for my desire to leave central Oregon.  I included a small piece of paper with my bundle stating my intention to leave, buried it in between boarding passes, airline tickets, postage, old envelopes, and travel money.  I knew I needed a change and I asked for it and then hung it on a tree limb in the front yard and hoped the universe would “grace” me with what I wished for.  I haven’t left central Oregon, but I have experience many changes over the last 6 months.  The first change to occur was the ending of a very stressful and toxic work situation.  I was suddenly and unexpectedly freed from working three jobs for the price of one  – and after the shock wore away, I realized what this really meant to me!  Freedom!

Departure by night 1st night (front)

 The original bundle, hanging in the night. (Above)

 In May, bundle ready to take down. (Below)

Time to take down May 2, 2009

Taken apart

Contents of bundle after hanging outside for 5 months.

The Big Reveal – Coming Soon

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I am busily at work putting together the various pieces and parts from my bundle, to create a collage to share on August 1.  This project was created by Seth Apter from http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/.    As you know, my bundle was called the Departure Manifestation, and I hoped it would help me relocate to a different area in the state.  So far this has not happened, but I have learned  these things progress in their own time and there are usually good reasons for that, so I haven’t given up yet on the idea of moving away from central Oregon.  In the meantime, and I don’t know how much “the bundle” had to do with this, but I have a lot more time now for art making, and its been a very lovely summer!  This was a great project!

The Bundle, ready to hang.

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The bundle hanging outside in the night February 2009.

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The Reveal…

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I don’t see much disintegration here, I haven’t  taken it apart yet either.  I really wanted the washers to rust, and the legs to age.  I may do a little sanding and hang it back out for a bit longer.  As you can see by the background, spring has not yet arrived here. It snowed Tuesday and Wednesday of this week – and is raining today.  So maybe a little more aging!   Excuse the duct tape, it is so windy here sometimes, I had to make several repairs to hold it all together!  This bundle was called Destination Manifestation, and while I was unable to leave Bend, I did learn something I already knew!  It isn’t the geography of a place that is making us unhappy –  It’s the relationships and the emotional clime we are living in.  Since I was terminated, I have been unusually happy, productive, and creative!