And then the biggest risk of all, probably the most exciting one, was the blue drip! Hoping to make the plinth and the figurine become more of a sculpture as one rather than two separate pieces I’ve continued the dripping process onto the plinth. Dunking the object into the paint at first, then pouring paint directly onto the object from above it flows onto the plinth and creates this beautiful fold upon the figurine. The paint is allowed to pour freely which creates a pool on the floor. This was extremely successful! People walking past were mesmerised by the process- I only hope tomorrow the paint hasn’t cracked as it’s dried!
Can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this yet! I recently received the best news! My mum only happens to work with the women who’s moved into my grandmas old house! I was so excited about this!! Mum spoke to her about the photos I’d already took and what I was doing. I couldn’t believe it when mum explained the lady was planning to strip the whole place and paint it white!! Just what I’ve been saying! She was also kind enough to say she would take some photographs for me! I was over the moon. The pictures above show the extreme before and after! What a contrast. Those memories and moments stripped away to make room for new ones. The room has been forever removed from the present. Without the picture evidence I would forever imagine that fireplace the way it was when my grandma had it, but with these images it’s evident the room has moved on; moved on into new times. I would like to say a huge thank you to Chelsea! It’s ever so kind of you to let me use these photographs. Wish you all the best in your new home!
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.
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.
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!
Back in the studio today to check on the drying process! As its dried it’s captured all the details! I think it’s fantastic! I had a chat with my lovely friends today to see what they thought about the piece and what they think my next step should be. Surprisingly they liked it just how it was! They liked the white wallpapered plinth. I mentioned that I was thinking of painting over the wallpaper in the hope that this would portray what I’m implying with the figure- that time gone by. Helen said it looked like I’ve already gone over it WITH the white wallpaper so maybe that’s the idea. From this discussion and seeing the piece dry on the plinth today I’ve decided I like it too much just the way it is. So I will show this next week and see how people perceive it. Now I just need a title! Suggestions were made for Grandma or my Grandma’s name Kathleen but I feel this is too personal. Perhaps that title I used for the emptying process of my grandma’s house: The Home of Nobody? I want imply this time gone by, but without making the audience think of the objects in terms of fashions of the home, which I feel could happen with such a simple title.
After using the wallpaper plinth with the ornaments as they were, I wanted to see how the wallpaper changed the perception of the magnolia covered figure. There was something just not quite right about the way they looked together, the white and magnolia clashed too much and the clean cut look didn’t match what I was trying to say about replacing that time gone by. I’m considering maybe scrapping the wallpaper partly away and then painting over this section with magnolia? Leaving it like a half unfinished effect. I really enjoy the magnolia covered figure and possibly seeing this piece as a piece on it’s own, but how would I show it? I feel I’m almost there with this piece but not quite.
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.