I made these sculptures for a weekend exhibition where everything had to be under 10 x 10 x 10 centimetres, strangely enough called 10 x 10 x 10.
That is even small for me! A lot of my work is almost that small...
They are made of paper, thread, wax, wire, ink, glue, coffee and a wooden skewer.
From a small series of small drawings i've been working on, white ink and other things on paper. I 'discovered' white ink fairly recently and it's really nice to use on a dark surface. Used a nib for these.
Only problem with the white ink is that the pigment seems to be very heavy, so you've gotta really shake the bottle really really well, much more than with other inks, at least that i've used.
Maybe this varies among brands. I don't know, it's the first bottle i've ever had.
These are actually on decent quality drawing paper (nothing flash, but it's not bad). I have this weird thing where my drawings often turn out better on crappy paper. Maybe the better quality is intimidating or something, I really don't know.
But i quite like these, at least for now. Though i'm not sure that they are finished. Often i don't know if something's finished till it comes time to show it or part with it or whatever.
Got a hand powered paper shredder a while back. I love it! Well worth 8 dollars. The photo above is from the series of small sculptural installations, THE PAPER GARDEN. This one was at Bundanon.
The great thing about the hand shredder (sounds dangerous!) is that it's easy to shred half a page, so it's good for making books like those below, and the one in the first photo, too.
These photos were taken in what was my Bundanon studio, except for the first picture, which was taken in my usual studio.
A few weeks ago I finished some large sculptures for a private commission. They just left my studio today. It has taken me a really long time to get them ready to send to Melbourne. It's not so much the packing that has taken so long (though it did take quite a while) it's fact that there are 21 parts that need to be reassembled into 5 sculptures, with 11 'legs' that don't look that different yet all must go into a specific hole. And i'm not gonna be there to put them back together again. If i was, it would be easy, but making it easy for someone else to put them together - that's hard.
First there's a checklist of the parts. then there's a guide to what all the tags mean (each sculpture has a number, each leg and hole has a letter etc etc.) Then there's instructions for the way that the top part of each individual sculpture attaches to the legs (they are all different). And then there's a guide to the cd of photos i've included. Much more complicated than i'd expected.
The sculptures are called GHOSTS IN MACHINES (DESOLATION ROW 2) and are paper, textiles, wax, wood, wire and other stuff like glue and ink.
I love Staedtler sticks. The fine ones. They are my favourite pen, definitely my favourite ballpoint. Fortunately they cost about 65 cents each, and are even cheaper if you buy them by the dozen. I love to use them in my moleskines (below) and on 'rough manila paper.' That's what this drawing is on (above), at least that is the way it is described on the cover of the pad.
I really like expensive pens, too. I got some letraset pantones for Christmas and they are lovely. But mostly i use them with my stick. My fine fine stick. Or at least one of the 30 or so i've got. Nothing beats a nice ballpoint.
These little horses (yes they are horses, maybe when they are finished they will be more identifiably horses) sitting in my studio are going to be part of a larger sculpture that will be in an exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery later in the year. At least that's the plan.
(how much fits between the eyes of a horse?)