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Hand Painted Recycled Juice Cartons

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The Secret Gallery is getting ready, 13 hand painted cartons so far. The painting son the cartons are of such things as flowers and petals, bulbs and roots, butterflies and incorporate words like Love, unity and peace stand above the fire place. Turning rubbish into art is one off my favourite pastimes. I like the challenge of making my own like more creative, so using everyday materials, or ingredients appeals to me.

Tonight I lit a  drift wood fire

I wonder where all of those different pieces of wood came from

and what trees they were part of,

how long they floated the sea,

And how they got to arrive in our fireplace in Doolin 

 

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The wind today, greets the grass with sea foam or is it snow?    Oil on a reused carton

Marianne Potterton 2009 The Secret Gallery

Written by Marianne Slevin

13 March, 2009 at 12:25 am

Humble materials rock!

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Today the wind

greets the grass

with sea foam

or is it snow

 

I am obsessed by painting, I paint almost everything! I like to paint on canvas but the contents of the recycling bin work well too! All you need is a primer of half emulsion paint and half PVA glue mixed. When it has dried you have a surface you can paint on, in oil paint if you like. I like the oddness of painting in oils on unexpected materials as well as how rich the oil paint looks, in contrast to the flat skim of mass produced designs associated with packaging. This particular series stemmed from a dream I had, and then I expanded on it. I can’t go into any more detail for the moment!

I wrote/painted this haiku poem today on one of the objects I found to paint on. I like the way these pieces cross over between: paintings, poems, sculpture, instillation, and potentially, rituals, interventions, happenings and more, and all from an every day recycled vessel, designed to be thrown away after use. Humble materials are often overlooked, but sometimes they rock!  

Written by Marianne Slevin

9 March, 2009 at 12:49 am

Beach collections

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The other day, I headed to a beach near Lahinch, well it is a stony beach with driftwood and a lot of rubbish. After almost filling the boot of the car with drift wood, I decided to fill a large bag with plastic bottles and bring them to the bottle bank. It was like saying a little thank you to the beach for the driftwood. When we got home our children played with the driftwood and we have been burning it in the fire and I have kept some of the more suitable pieces for hanging some of the hand made books from and maybe to make some other things with them.

The Secret Gallery will be opening again soon, so we are getting ready, lots of tidying and painting and making small art objects for it. At the moment the theme is to create a fun and memorable ritual with an every day recycled object; creating something special out of the ordinary! Just think how much of our life we don’t remember; one day is often much like another. I would like to do little things to change that.

Written by Marianne Slevin

4 March, 2009 at 10:21 am