Assignment 5 – Initial thoughts

The course notes suggest to try to harness the primary force of time in a creative way.

Thinking of how this fits in with my interests, there are a few different approaches I could take:

  • Rust printing – continue work on this
  • Burning – action of heat and time
  • Decay – bury paper/canvas in the environment for a period of time

The last of these requires time for the paper/canvas to be affected by the environment, so I started work on this straight away (whilst still mulling over the other options in case they didn’t work).

I did some searching, but struggled to find other artists who did this apart from Kyla Dante. Her piece “Journey- book 3, 2011/2012” is a canvas book buried along a journey around the Lake District (Dante, n.d.) which chimes with the work I am interested in making. How she produces her work, how long it is left, etc. is unknown, so I tried a few different things.

Using a batch of paper and canvas cut to a similar size. I buried these in layers in a tub between earth, ash, metal, etc:

Tub 1:

  • Soil
  • Paper
  • Rusty metal
  • Ash
  • Canvas
  • Rusty metal
  • Gress
  • Soil
  • Canvas
  • Coffee
  • Paper
  • Dandelion heads
  • Grass
  • Canvas
  • Soil

Tub 2:

  • Soil
  • Paper
  • Ash
  • Canvas
  • Soil
  • Canvas
  • Coffee
  • Paper
  • Dandelion heads
  • Grass
  • Canvas
  • Ash
  • Soil
  • Paper
  • Mint roots
  • Soil

These were made up differently, but similar in some ways, as I would need to test unearth one tub first to see the impact to know how long to leave the second tub.

I also left some pieces in the environment:

Two canvas pieces, with maps of their location drawn on in ink. One left under a stone in a pond, the other left under a stone on a track which was usually wet.

A folded paper piece, produced on a search for a specific ash tree from a photography book with a fellow artist. This was buried in a damp place under a large boulder near where we found the elusive tree – still looking very similar to the photograph taken 20-30 years ago.

References
Dante, K. (n.d.). Books – Kyla Dante Artist. [online] Kyla Dante. Available at: http://kyladante.co.uk/portfolio_page/books/ [Accessed 8 May 2019].

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