With his thick French accent and his earnest effort to use English words correctly, Pierre Huyghe, the 2017 Nasher Prize Laureate was utterly charming, if unintelligible at times. Still, all in all I did take notes, gain insight into his thought processes behind some of his work, and get inspired to think in new directions regarding my own creative work. Win! Win!
His talk was at the famed Booker T. Washington High School in downtown Dallas. The talent that has come out of the arts school over the years is VERY impressive: Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, Edie Brickell to name just a few. The principal got up to make an announcement; he was the hippest looking principal I’ve ever seen! He looked under 40 and was dressed in urban cool dude duds!
But, I digress. I arrived 30 minutes early. It was open seating and I like to sit up close to the speakers. I’m big on reading facial expression and body language when listening to speakers. Much communication is unspoken! I sat directly two rows behind Nancy Nasher (the benefactor of the Nasher Prize!) and her family and friends. Nancy Nasher’s parents were great art collectors and benefactors, and she has done superb job carrying on the tradition.
Here are a few quotes from Pierre Huyghe.
- “Define your own condition of possibilities.”
- “Look at the rules of the game and try to shift them.” The was in relation to an exhibition where he had a living, painted dog wondering around the art works.
- “Seek tension and dilemma between free will and ecology. (I think he meant environment.) Everything is interdependent.”
Thus it has been another day of Practicing ARTitude and loving every minute!
I present “Doilyumulus”. My special cloud to dream under in my meditation spot. My mind is very active, so having a designated dream/meditation spot is such a blessing. You can see my unique decorating in full glory. My hubby appreciates that I don’t decorate the whole house this way – LOL!
I’d like to add on to the doilyumulus over time. I ran out of good doilies and hoops. I hung it slightly off center, oops. Maybe it’s more natural that way ;-). I’d also like to paint the walls a very pale, soothing whitish blue at some point.
Here are photos of projects that have been completed over the last couple of months.
First, I found this vintage shelf at the thrift store for $4.94. I decoupaged four different patterned sheets of wrapping paper on it using wallpaper paste. Then, I chalk painted over it in white. To give it a time worn appearance, I sanded it roughly to expose all the layers. Finally, a glaze was added to protect the surface. Oh, and I’d been carrying around an old glass doorknob for years. It now has a home under the bottom shelf.
Next, I had an old mirror. I have enough mirrors. Too many mirrors! So, I’ve been painting on mirrors and making them into chalkboards. I wanted to do something different. What if I just drew on one? I took sharpies and created a simple drawing titled, “Ideas in Bloom.” When I get tired of it, I can clean it off and make a new drawing!
Finally, I had a bunch of old linens. Stained and tattered they were. What to do with those? I present “Zombie Love Monsters”. They each have individual names. I gave them buns with butt tattoos (my signature).
With the bits & pieces left over (I hate to waste anything!) I made DreamHeart Pins. Okay there’s one StoryHeart in there too. That was for a special friend.
I am experimenting here using old tea bags. Yogi Tea has quotes on their papers as shown. The same technique used on the shelf above provided the surface for the tea bags. I want to improve on this. Each cup was painted differently. Experimentation folks!
I’m presently working on some new items…that will be posted as soon as they are complete. Phew! I’m caught up now.
In the late summer of 2016, I was invited to submit a 3D artwork for a Dallas Friends of the Library fundraiser. Using an old Tom Sawyer book, I made this piece titled, The Adventure Begins. It’s my Tommy boy – LOL! It sold well before the event while on display at the library! So, I was invited to submit another piece. Hurrah! I found my inspiration from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Meet the giant squid as he rises from the book pages. He sold too! Sweet Success. I plan to make more works like these. It’s fun, satisfies me creatively, and celebrates classic books. Win-win!!!