Don’t play with the Ornaments Rachel

Experimenting with the ornament figures today. Not very successful though, got to say. I really wanted the painted details to dissolve when I applied both nail varnish remover and bleach to the figures! Unfortunately it didn’t have any affect though. May have to try other methods here.

Todays Varnish Removal

My arms aching after today! I’ve been scraping away at the varnish none stop! Not sure how much I like the end result but I’m happy I’ve made something! I’ve removed the human remnants. I really like the almost skin-like flakes that I’ve scraped off.


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.