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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!  

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Written by Marianne Slevin

9 March, 2009 at 12:49 am

Studio doings!

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studio 

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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Written by Marianne Slevin

30 October, 2008 at 9:37 pm