Altered Art Book page 6 ‘Plunging the Depths: A Matter of Faith

page6  Altered Art book

page6 Altered Art book

By page 6  I had ‘taken the plunge’; I had ‘dived in’ .  The swimsuits began to take on the form of an abstract ‘language’ or a game of ‘OXO’ or Noughts and Crosses.  I have a feeling ‘crosses’ will become a regular feature in this work.  Either that, or the book will become a cross I have to bear.

1930s oxo tin

1930s oxo tin

 

  There is something comforting about old packaging; the designs, the colours: the pure simplicity of the message.  No subliminal brain washing here,  just straight to the point.

War time Morale Booster

War time Morale Booster

 Why should I think of ‘Oxo’? what is influencing me here?  Well the influence isn’t far away, it’s only in the kitchen and I see it every day.

oxo advertising mug

oxo advertising mug

 I have loads of old advertising stuff, I love the feel of the cold enamel, even the rust can tell a tale of all the seasons it’s seen.  Quite a few years ago, I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Robert Opie Museum in Gloucester – a veritable treasure trove of bygone packaging.  This museum has now moved to Notting Hill London.  A shame, because the location, Gloucester Docks also featured in another favourite of mine, the late TV programme ‘The Onedin Line’.  That visit was a double whammy.

 But I digress as usual. 
Taking the plunge: diving in at the deep end.  The crumpled brown paper is mirrored literally with the text ‘Black swimsuit’ and ‘dry and brown’: a bit like your skin when you’ve been in the bath too long (though in my case: pink and wrinkled).  You get the idea though? parched: dry versus wet.
   

 

Altered Art book p6

Altered Art book p6

Throwing an artist into the mix: David Hockney sprang to mind.  He made a series of pool paintings, with paper pulp and printed as monotypes.  

hockney-bigger-slpash2

hockney-bigger-slpash2

 By putting the two pages together (5 and 6) the message is clear: It’s Everlasting Life or nothing.  Taking the plunge and trusting the ‘guardians’ seems to imply an act of faith.  The book is beginning to reveal what’s going on in my subconscious…exciting!  

p5-and 6 Altered Book

p5-and 6 Altered Book

 

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