"That is what comes of collecting plants" - The Moomins #3, Tove Jansson
I find that I am often amazed as I follow the path to inspiration. In the middle of very big plans for new creative work, a little side project beckoned that has ended up nourishing me greatly. Go figure! Enter "Winter Collection".
In January I was deep in the Finnish woods at a residency at the Arteles Creative Center. The theme of the residency was "Silence, Awareness, Existence". Sequestered with 13 other artists, I had many days that were screen-free, and half of those were silent. I would wander the wintery grounds and marvel at the foliage of the season, frozen and as silent as I was. I had a little bag with me that I would fill with things of interest that I'd encounter on my wanderings. When I would get back inside, I'd lay the items out on paper and dry them. Some would almost dissolve from the warmth but some would be quite striking.
I was traveling with a little box of things I like - string, paper, cloth tassels, etc. I started playing with combining these treasures with the items from the woods. There were also a few trips to local Finnish thrift stores in the mix where I was getting more strange tidbits. I was also hunting around in the residency house and found some things there. Like lint from the dryer. Yes, that is blue lint in the image above!
I got the idea to photograph the groupings on my desk in the precious morning light. You see, when I first arrived at the residency there were about 5 hours of daylight.
True only child behavior.
Oh, and moss. Lots of moss. I had just finished a one-year project with choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi called "Moss: Awakening Our Humanity" and had just finished doing a lot of research about this mysterious slow-growing botanical. Then I found myself surrounded by it!
During that time I developed a new respect for the tradition of botanical collecting. Hence the title of these series. But I am collecting following my own interests, not for the British Empire or some such. And combining the elements to amuse myself!
|Look for the bling!|