Saturday, February 12, 2011

EVEN LITTLE THINGS CAN BE BROKEN

I always wished I could be a visual artist. I have tried, sometimes devoting up to several months to master a medium. I can't draw, or paint. My best sculptures were fundamentally rubbish (literally, in one case) that I manipulated into interesting rubbish. Like the wire spine and ribcage encased in melted and then solidified Paraffin wax. Or the multi-level river delta on rusty metal. That was actually quite lovely, though slightly tetanus-inducing. (Please note links are to other websites. That's not my work.)

What my efforts and consistent failures in the realm of visual arts has taught me is a massive appreciation of people who do it well and/or differently. So, because I cannot share any of my own with with you, I present to you artist Lori Nix. I discovered her tiny, meticulous created photographs via a link on twitter, and find them delightful. And a little sad. But mostly delightful.

4 comments:

  1. Devastating and beautiful. Thanks for sharing. (And who says you aren't an artist? Your sculptures are equally haunting!) :-)

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  2. Oops! I should have clarified - both my sculptures were destroyed, one by accident, the other due to malevolent intent. Those are just the closest photos I could find. (Note to Self: Footnote more)

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  3. I completely understand the wish to have talent in the visual arts. I am no good at drawing or painting or any of that stuff, but I try really hard. I haven't really gotten any better over the years, but I've grown to love trying even if it comes out looking sort of like a six year old made it. I've taken to carrying around a travel sized notebook and watercolor set with some water brushes just in case the mood strikes me.

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  4. Oh, that's wonderful Sommer! I think just stopping to look at pieces of the world from that perspective is a good exercise, regardless of how talented one might be.

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