Assessing Alternatives for a New Work
I am currently assessing alternatives for three new works, while while I apply finishing touches to parts for a fourth piece. I have so many “parts” now, after recent casting. This makes for so many options: perhaps too many!
So I have one piece that is complete in concept, but the parts are just loosely arranged in place. This has been waiting for a) my certainty, b) final finish on all the parts, and c) final permanent assembly. I think the parts are now ready for assembly. Now to attach everything very carefully!
In addition to this work in progress, I currently have several assemblages in concept phase. An assemblage is like a collage, but is an arrangement of 3-D or bas relief elements, rather than two dimensional parts. These will likely become finished works, but that is still not quite certain. I have ideas that have not quite coalesced. These arrangements, and many “extra” parts that could be included, all take up work surface in my studio. New ideas and combinations seem to occur to me every time I move something… and that is quite exciting for an artist!
Sometimes the idea or parts work well together and bring a brand new piece into focus. But often the scale or the colors are not quite right. So I stop to paint a part, or to make a cast in another color, or to print a scanned drawing larger or smaller. And all these pieces accumulate to take up more space!
The three photos above show one concept: I must decide whether one, or maybe two, of my little angel colts will be presented in these gold lit woods. And if so, will they need a heart? Or a blue moon? Or will they just stroll the woods alone in a shower of ghostly leaf skeletons? TBD!
Now arranging something a little bit different, and much more lighthearted. If I make this permanent, I might call it “Laughter”!