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Studio doings!

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This is a little collection of what I have been up to lately in the studio. The brown paper Poppy seed head I wrote about in my last blog, it is the one that I stitched. The drawing is of how my heart felt while I was drawing over and over again, I had just been meditating! The most resent things that I have done are these long boxes on the left and below. I rescued them while I was doing the recycling, originally they had tubes of oil paint in them, it seemed fitting to make them into art! Inside are rolled up thick paper napkins. I have written things like memories and happenings that I consider to be precious. One of them is about the little things that happen to lead us to certain places.I like the idea of them being stored carefully in these boxes. It was as if they were made especially to fit them, and I just happen to have two of each!

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30 October, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Paper Poppy Seed Heads video

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29 October, 2008 at 10:32 pm

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A while ago, I made two paper Poppy seed heads and put some of James’ Juniper berries inside of them, so when they are rotated they make a sound like pebbles being dragged by the tide. After several weeks in the west of Clare, the juniper berries had started to soften and the paper was not so crispy, so the rolling berries made little sound! It was time to be plunged into hot wax, minus berries. Now they hold their shape and are slightly transparent when the light shines through them. I put some of the wax in it’s bead form inside the heads, it makes a great sound!

Last night, I started stitching a new one, it was made with firmer brown paper and I reckoned that some stitching would work instead of wax. I died the white thread with some liquid blusher, another one has lipstick on it! (the nearest one in the photograph). Another Artist who uses stitching in her work is Kirsty Hall and I would really recommend you having a look at her inspiring and informative sight.

The holes that the needle make when I stitch look like little stars when You look through them towards the light! I like to be playful and experimental with my sewing. Before I started stitching I had just been outside and looked up at the stars and they were amazing! Then I looked down at the ground and the line of shells along the garden path had been scattered into a very star-like Milky Way!

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29 October, 2008 at 10:51 am

Little poems from Doolin

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Eight years ago, when I visited Doolin for about a month during my M.A, I wrote these poems that slightly resemble Haiku poetry. I wrote them as I walked near the Cliffs of Moher and across The Burren. Now they are draped over our sofa on lengths of cotton! Little did I know that my family would one day sit on the words in the very same house! Life is very unpredictable and mysterious!

 

Here

horses graze

among sea-foam

 

Looking down

the sea-gulls

are imitating stars

 

Floating on

even thistles

become soft

 

Every day

I walk

a circle

 

The moon

is reflected

in a distant rock-pool

 

Wind is blowing

even horses

cling to mountains

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26 October, 2008 at 6:36 pm

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Pink Marshmallow Heart

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This mornings inspiration could be summed up in this little poem.

 

Marshmallow hearts and sea urchins

the giant turtle returns

she is in a trance

tears on sand

she’s multiplying

so she might survive

then disappears again

into marshmallow hearts and sea urchins.

 

Mariannne Potterton  October 2008 

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25 October, 2008 at 12:51 pm

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The tyranny of themes

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Today, I went to see a painting exhibition by Cóilín Rush, in The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon. I am not an Art critic and I wont pretend to be one! I liked the show, particularly a painting called “Big Trouble in Little China”, which was particularly playful. What grabbed my attention was the Artist’s statement, where they said  they disliked themes, and then went on to say,”….to bend it’s meaning and pervert it’s destiny…”when taking about open submission calls for Artworks where there is a theme.” I think themes sometimes prevent us from seeing the work that Artist’s do when left alone”. I do agree with this artist, and somehow think that because of the Artist’s refusal to pin themselves down too much, I found the show more intriguing, however there did seem to be a secret theme going on! Maybe the one that happens without us labelling it before it is cooked! I thought it was funny because I wrote something a little similar in yesterday’s blog!

The Courthouse gallery is a great creative hub of activity, there is always something going on there, we are really lucky to have it in Ennistymon. There are regular Exhibitions, Artist’s Studios, workshops and classes, and even a Puppet Show coming soon, we hope to go to!

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24 October, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Art and the middle way

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Art often seems to encourage extremism and obsession. Art schools say to their students, take it further, push it to the limits, make it more so! This can all be very good, but then cant it be very bad too? When I went to see the Dalai Lama speaking to an audience in Barcelona last year, and he said something like, that making art could be bad because it caused angst, this was not the encouragement that I would have liked to have heard from His Holiness the Dalai Lama! Yes it can cause angst, but does it have too? The dichotomy that art can be therapy but also cause angst, where is the middle way to be found? More then therapy, less then angst, or less then therapy, more then angst, depending on how you see it!

I am attempting to create art without the angst! I am also attempting to make art every day and make every day more art! Yesterday, I embellished a skirt that my friend gave me along with the small green disks of wood that had been a neck lace once, but our son changed that! I stitched on the disks to form the word peace across the front of the skirt. I have decided to start designing my own clothes. If the people wont go to the Secret Gallery, the Secret Gallery will go to the people! I am not extreme at all! I like the idea of wearing art like it was normal everyday behaviour, maybe one day it will be!        

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23 October, 2008 at 11:27 am