Sunday, June 29, 2008

Memoire Savoir

mixed media assemblage- diet coke can, ex-halogen bulb,
CD, old camera part, spiral wire bind, acrylic paint, asst.
buttons and doo dads a.k.a. thing a ma jiggies.

detail of top portion

My mantra reduce, reuse, and recycle. I've finally figured
out that 'reduce' really means to 'save from landfill' and
store in my garage, because there is no reduction of stuff
here. It's been saved for re-purpose and use in future
creative projects. I must say though, that I've got it all tidily
packed into labeled containers so it's easily accessible,
however our three-car garage is currently functioning as a
one-car garage due to the love for our hobbies. My husband
enjoys vintage car restoration which... is a one car at a time,
sorta deal so there is plenty of room for machinery, tools,
kilns and art paraphernalia.

The soda can assemblage was inspired from a class I
took from Michael de Meng who is one remarkable mixed
media assemblage artist and storyteller. His book
"The Secret of Rusty Things" is filled with his visual
treasures, wonderful mythical storytelling and exploration
of technique. If you ever get a chance to take one of his
classes, just do it.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Independence Day.
Free from negative thoughts, free from work, free from the
everyday drudgery.

"Carpe diem" and claim your independence! My best to all and
thank-you for your visits and kind words.

My other blog locale: "The Way I See It"


K Hutchinson said...

WOWZERS this is so KEWL! I love the colors and the texture! I hope to take a class one day from the talented Micheal de Meng! I sure have been missing you! Happy 4th of July! God bless the USA!

Unknown said...

welcome home and welcome back. i bet that assemblage was lots of fun to make.
being an artist requires lots of space and good storage skills, whether on or offline, huh?

Artists With Artitude said...

Andrea and her colorful bric-à-brac castle where the ordinary becomes magical...

Looks like an oyster pearl..

Have a great 4th!


Anonymous said...

Mucho nacho nice, Hammergirl....

Bobbie said...

Trash is Treasure. Beautiful!

Bev said...

I second Bobbie' comment.

Makes you appreciate the pleasing aesthetic qualities of everyday objects, once you can get over the fact they are officially just 'trash'. I love this subversive concept!

Martin Stickland said...

Howdy doody dandy!!!

Glad you liked my 4th July post and thanks for the comment.

Wow! what a clever little sausage you are , So, So talented in your art!

Keep up the good work my friend!


Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Wow, I am always inspired by you and your blog. Assemblege is on my 'to do' list.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Opps, my bad. I meant to say a big thankyou for your well wishes. I am much better and getting back into the swing of things now.

Janet Kincaid said...

Now I see what you mean about one person's discarded object being another person's art. The next time I run across a flattened fork, I'm going to photograph. Then I'm going to pick it up and send it to you.

In other words: you've really changed my perspective on stuff I use lying around. Love this piece and all that it recovers!

Trijnie said...

wonderful work Andrea, you are realy talented. this piece of your art reminds me of an exhibition I visited once in Basel (Switzerland) I saw the works of the famous kynetic art artist Tyngerly (hope I spelled right)
I am leaving the day after tomorrow to the US, 3 weeks travelling through the South-West.

Irene said...

What a wonderful contraption you have created. These are the kind of inventions I like. The things that look as if they have a function, but they don't and are merely ornamental and 3 dimensional. That to me is the best of art.

Susan Tuttle said...

How cool!...and great new banner!


The Sparrow's Heart said...

So cool! I love it.
xoxo Nita

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

I keep coming back to look at your lovely art. So beautiful.
Sending you love, Nita

Unknown said...


Like a time machine!

I like so much.

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