Big Decisions

Now for some really big decisions! I feel like I’ve been going round in circles with it all day! There is A LOT going on with the plinths, I admit that, but I’m struggling to decide whether I like it with more or less going on. The original plan was to paint, then wallpaper all 3 plinths, then subtlety rip a small amount of paper off each plinth. However as I gradually decorated each one I began to like the contrast of the bare magnolia plinth against the flush wallpaper and the ripped wallpaper plinth.  It was difficult to decide which complimented the ornament best, and it became upsettingly apparent that it seemed the ornaments weren’t so much needed any more; the 3 plinths work as a piece all by themselves. Having a wallpaper malfunction on the smallest plinth; meant I had to take the paper off prior to drying, this however left a rather nice imprint of the paste on the plinth- again something else to consider. With the 3 plinths all at different stages like this I really do think they work well together as a piece in their own right; however it’s still very important to me to use the ornaments at this moment in time. So for now I need to make a decision on how the plinths should look in order to compliment them. I think the right decision here is to continue with the subtle rip plan I originally began with- this way they will get the full attention they deserve yet the rips in the wallpaper will emphasise that the plinths are also crucial to the work.

Decision Making

Next was the decision on how much wallpaper I wanted to take off- Too much? Too little? As much as I like the complete rip effect I think subtlety might be more appropriate in this case. The more ripping there is, the more the eye is taken away from the figure.

Look at that Detail!

And here’s the detail! I love coming back the day after to see how the drying process transforms the object; how it picks up on every detail, how the dripping paint folds upon the figure, how the dunking method allows that small part of the original figure to gleam through. Really impressed with the outcome of these! The three of them together look really good! All on different platform levels.  

It Looks like White Chocolate

So back to it! Back to dunking the ornaments in magnolia paint! Not white chocolate no Louis, but certainly looks like it. It’s actually a really fun process which I enjoy doing! I like the satisfaction of transforming the object, and the best part when the paint dries and it captures all the detail! From this little round of experiments I found that placing the objects in a plastic container helps the drying process at the bottom, beforehand the paint had dried on paper and I had to loose a lot of the paint ripping it off the paper. This way when the paint dries it’s still attached to the ornament and the dripping process can continue.

The Lights are on but Nobody’s Home- Progress

I began painting the lamp last week but wasn’t sure how well it was going to turn out. Now that the bottom half of the lamp has been painted, and the paint on the shade has fully dried I’m pretty pleased with the results! I particularly like that you can see the detail of the cracked paint.  The plinth I feel may be a little bit too tall for this piece now? I was very unsure about the light and how that functions for the look of the piece along with it’s role within the concept but the more I see it the more I’m liking it!

Magnolia Fun

In the previous post I mentioned that my next step was to begin wallpapering the plinth, which is what I started today! Before I set to work on the wallpapering though I thought I would experiment with magnolia paint again! Since the In Every Dwelling piece I’ve really felt the need to re-create the notion of glossing over a time gone by, and erasing the past with a layer of magnolia paint.  I really enjoy the work I produce in this way! I began with the task of painting over the  blue plinth changing it to magnolia. Placing the ornament, as it was, just on top of the magnolia plinth I felt just wasn’t enough. So I began to paint the ornament magnolia too, then furthering this painting method to just dunking it into the paint pot! I loved it! The way it dripped with paint and the way in which you could almost make out the face but not quite. The dunking process meant the bottom half of the ornament wasn’t covered completely with the paint, just the dripping. It wasn’t intentional, I had originally wanted to dunk the whole figure but seeing it this way there was something I liked about seeing some of the previous form; emphasized a time gone by!


So the next step was; using paint and varnish remover, de-stain the telephone table! Covering the object with the varnish remover I then left it for 30 minutes. I came back to see a remarkable melting state of the varnish! It had such a great effect! Although I loved that process and that remnant of the varnish, I wanted to see that true underneath, strip it right back! So I began scouring away at the wet varnish- I only managed to do the top on Thursday but need to get it all bare next week! I began to worry about what the end result would be? How will it look? Why have I removed all that human presence? Am I not interested in the traces they leave behind? I really like this as an experiment and reminded myself of the earlier magnolia piece I made last year- removing the past resident with a thick layer of magnolia paint. Like that piece and like when one moves from a home, I’m using this object as a metaphor for the stripping back of a home when that new resident comes in. I began thinking more and more about this whilst in the studio and I feel my next step after the table might be to try and create a similar set up like last year. Create the piece- take photos, they cover again in magnolia. BUT have the image of BEFORE next to space. Still unsure of what I’m saying with all this but that’s the next mission.

Getting to Work

After the tutorial I set to work on finding and then painting the objects. The piece had been something I’d been trying to put into motion for quite a few weeks so was glad to be getting started. It proved pretty difficult to find the objects because me being me had certain objects, a certain frame size and style in mind and I wouldn’t except anything else. I eventually got the items, deciding to keep the objects to a minimal hoping that the objects wouldn’t then become too personal and unrelatable to everyone.