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'Hagwood Hybrid Installation' (Final Resting Place)


For me 'Hagwood Installation' is a piece of work about another piece of work I had made. Originally I had created the item above influenced by the artist Chris Drury. The piece consists of two found sheep bones bolted together to resemble pliers. After they had served their purpose it was left redundant and of no use, which I felt was a misuse of a creatures former bones. Using another creatures bones never sat well with me and to just discard them after their use felt wrong too. I therefore decided to re-use the bones one last time, with the idea in mind that I could return them to their original resting place from which I found them.


I began to reuse the original bones by casting them in clay and pouring plaster in to the left over moulds. The process had a very archaeological  feel to it, with the way that every time I removed the clay, I began to unveil what felt like undiscovered and odd bones. This was a factor I'd hope to capture in the end product. After a while of casting these new 'bones', I began to piece them together and what formed seemed to be a cross between sheep and human bones. I felt that through the sheep bones I had used and the influence from myself, I had formed an almost hybrid of the two species. This new 'Hybrid' was  a successful representation of the  journey the original bones and I undertaken.


As I stated previously, I wanted to bring the original bones back to the location I found them, to put them to rest. As well as placing the original bones back from where they came, I wanted to place the new hybrid there to, as a way of signifying the journey they had been on. The bones were embedded into the clay beneath were I placed the plaster bones. I had the idea to take this sculpture to where I had originally found the bones.
The sculpture was far to big however and could not be taken to where I intended it to be. Placing the bones in clay was unnessacary for the idea I had and would of worked better leaving it as it was. I had to find a new location which could work well and still be relevent to the piece, I chose a rumoured burial site close to where I live. The piece didn't work well in this location, it didn't have the 'archaeological dig' I had hoped for, but more of a grave. I left the bones there for a week. When I returned they had been smashed. I salvaged what I could from the 'Hybrids' bones and took the original bones too.


This mishap was what ended up making the piece successful. Although a lot of the 'hybrid' bones had been smashed, the salvaged bones were adequate enough to form the 'Hybrid' again. I took the remaining and original bones to where I had first found them and where I first intended them to be placed. To capture the archaeological element I wanted, I dug a foot down into the earth. I placed the sculpture in the position that fit best then placed the original bones next to it. This also worked better as the passing viewer/traveller should get a better idea of what it is they are seeing, or at least it should raise more questions and thoughts than where it was placed before.

I wanted ensure the viewer doesn't mistake the 'Hybrid' bones for anything other than the plaster sculpture it is. Over the top I placed a plastic pane and covered the outskirts of the piece with surrounding soil. The camera captures more reflection then there really is. With the added plastic it feels like the wood has become a museum for these bones for passing walkers to investigate.

'Hagwood Hybrid Installation' (Final Resting Place)


 


Baaaad Attitude

Posted by: RaspberryDoodles

Tagged in: portrait , drawing , animal

RaspberryDoodles

It has been way too long since I was here and it is due to a bad attitude on my part.  I had a real crisis of confidence which was due to nothing and I also put art far too far down my list of priorities.

Well, I have changed that and booked a couple of art shows for this year....enough to give me a necessary deadline to work to.  

I decided to do a small drawing to warm up first......a little present for my brother-in-law who collects all things sheep.

I took the reference photograph for this shot on a very wet day in the Lake District on the holiday when I got engaged to my lovely husband.  It was a horrible day but this sheep seemed to be happy enough and didn't mind the rain at all.

The drawing is done in Derwent Drawing Pencils on recycled paper....still love this combination and will definitely do more this way.

It is good to be back :)


Cats and artists

Posted by: Aitch

Tagged in: thoughts , poetry , pets , Oscar , Mavis , cats , birman , artists , artist , animals , animal , Aitch

Aitch

As I think I've probably mentioned elsewhere previously, it's interesting how often I discover that artistic friends are more inclined to have a pet cat or just like cats than non-arty friends. I have always adored cats, can't imagine my life without actually owning one or two, and I make a bee-line for them wherever I see one.

I remember having to recite a poem as part of my drama lesson when I was about 12 - normally I wasn't that interested in reciting poetry, but this one involved cats and made me smile, so I thought I'd bring back those memories and try and get some photos to accompany it. I'm sure all cat owners will agree it's certainly true!

Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair.
Top of piano, window-ledge, in the middle, on the edge.
Open draw, empty shoe, anybody's lap will do.
Fitted in a cardboard box, in the cupboard with your frocks.
Anywhere! They don't care! Cats sleep anywhere.

Written by Eleanor Farjeon (1881 - 1965)

 

To prove my point, here's a selection of my cats sleeping in various places:

This is Oscar sleeping in one of his "proper" areas - a specifically bought cat shelf!


Here are two sleeping beauties on the decking a few years ago.

This is our previous Birman, Thelma, sleeping underneath our old scanner.

Oscar's favourite place at Christmas!

Oscar when he was 17 weeks old, curled up on top of a tool box....


Mavis deciding our curled up washing line makes a good bed!

Oscar, on the other hand, prefers the dirty wash basket!

This, however, is his usual position every evening, on Keith's lap.

Aren't cats just ace?


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