February 27th, 2013
Yesterday I did a bit of gallery hopping around town with a friend, something I very badly needed to do. One of our stops was to visit Grunt Gallery, which is currently showing work by Cal Lane. She creates an illustrative style of cut metal sculptures using reclaimed industrial materials.
I was so taken with the installation, Gutter Snipes, that I forgot to photograph the other pieces in the gallery. The work is cut paper translated into metal on a grand scale. Something I hope to eventually achieve.
The installation is lit from the inside and amazing shadows are cast on the wall above. It is large enough to walk through.
Gutter Snipes I is on display at Grunt Gallery until March 23rd, 2013. I highly recommend you go see it.
February 26th, 2013
After I finished the paper cut pyramid last week I began to work on a second piece with a different approach to making something three dimensional. Instead of creating the structure from a single sheet I used scraps of paper cut into triangles of different sizes, two as sides, and one as a bottom piece. I wanted to cut the design first and then attach the paper together afterwards.
I spent a lot of time cutting paper and not so much on determining the structure, but I wanted to see how well pieces of paper can support themselves when most of the material is cut away. It sags of course, especially on the sides that are unattached. I would need to include more structural support if translated into a larger scale.
It’s a lovely piece, and I think the shadows are an integral part of it.
For the next prototype I will do less with paper cutting and focus more on structure just to see where this will take me. Stay tuned.
February 25th, 2013
It’s been an interesting experience the last few weeks to maintain my commitment to the Be Your Own Beloved e-course. I don’t mind taking a self portrait every once in awhile, but doing it every day is tedious. At least that’s how I normally feel about it. But with Vivienne‘s daily email prompts of inspiration to guide me, it makes it easier to get it done. She always provides something personal to reflect upon, as well as a place to start to come up with an idea to shoot for the day.
I really like the work I’ve been creating, and through this series I’ve come to realize I am process oriented even with my photography. The ideas come as I work, rather than being fully formed from the beginning.
The creative aspects of this project aside, it’s made me realize a few things about myself. Mostly that I’m not very good at self-care, or about being good to myself. The intensity of the stuff that has come up out of this has really surprised me, but I am determined to create more awareness around this and make changes.
There are just a few days left of the course. I think I will miss the daily excuse to come up with an idea to photograph.
More of the self portraits can be found on Flickr.