Going through my old art work to frame and decorate the house and found this old high school project. An embossed lino print (basically you carve your “drawing” into lino and use a press to create the embossing on paper and then add watercolor tints to bring out the embossing). This is definitely going up somewhere!
Visited a museum shop today and while browsing, I came across some handmade jewelry by a local artist. Although the jewelry was beautiful, I really loved her artist statement:
I love the way the Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, described the importance of art; that it was a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and was indispensable for the life and progress towards the well-being of individuals and of humanity. Art has purpose. It can capture historical events or aspects of nature. It can symbolize a devotion to the divine, protection from evil spirits, the love of two people, or a commitment to a common cause. It can stir our senses and call us to action. Art contributes to our collective spirit. As the worlds economic forces drive people towards homogeneity, our hunger for the special, the unique, and the innovative will most assuredly grow. Art is the antidote to a bland world.
~Franny. E. Strathern
I’d like to think that my things don’t own me, and have imagined the freedom that would come with living a Spartan existence. Every few months I take stock of my belonging and throw away or donate things I never use. But it seems to me I am always collecting more than I throw away.
My love for history and museums and the innate curator in me though, likes to imagine things are more than just things. Some things can tell you a lot about a person.
Here is part 2 of my collection of things.