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Altered art book page 15 ‘He was a God in her Empire of Junk’ part one

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by echostains
 
 

 

page15-someone-was-god

page15-someone-was-god

 

 

‘Someone was God and she was always flirting with him’

in her empire of junk’

page15-someone-was-god-detail1

page15-someone-was-god-detail1

A garishly painted man and woman talk (probably) rubbish to each other, amidst a background of scribbled swirling ink marks.  Two hearts connect, forming a kinetic link with each other: they whirl against a tactile layer of faux leather and satin papers.  Silken thread provides the ties that bind, also the unromantic nitty gritty of how things actually work.

page15-someone-was-god-detail2

page15-someone-was-god-detail2

These chapters are LONG!  Yes LONG!  In fact I can’t believe what possessed me to actually do chapters!  I think there’s about 3 altogether.  I’ve just checked and this chapter has 26 pages alone.  I am going to have real difficulty closing this book lol!

I have a couple of artists in mind for these particular pages, but they will have to wait until tomorrow…

To be continued……

Media used; coloured inks, papers, acrylic paint,threads,card,

AND my 50th post!

Altered art book page 13 A deadly reminder’

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by echostains

 

page-13-altered book

 

page-13-altered book

 

The chosen words are: –

‘He listened to his father breathing’

‘And made plans for that lonliness’

 

valley-of-the-kings

 

valley-of-the-kings

 

The Egytians made plans for their  death.  They left nothing to chance.    Sometimes a whole lifetime was dedicated to their own rememberence:   Egypt is full of these reminders.

 

page13-skeleton detail

 

page13-skeleton detail

 

Memento Mori: this means ‘Remember you will die’ or ‘Be mindful of death‘.  The symbols associated with this reminder of mortality are skulls, clocks, hourglasses, flowers. Sometimes wine, books, musical instruments.   served as ‘vanities’, a reminder of worldly pleasures.

 

mosiac-pompei

‘and made plans for that loneliness’

What does this mean though?  Does it mean coming to terms with eventual death? It could mean a physical reminder that lives on when we are no more. Surely we live on in the hearts of people who love  us?  Why would we need a tangible reminder?

p13-skeleton detail2

p13-skeleton detail2

Sometimes a place or a memorial can act as a focus.  Like a gravestone, a grave, somewhere we can feel close to the person, as well as a written reminder for others, that our loved ones existed: a way of them living forever: enjoying everlasting life.  On a large scale, the Taj Mahal, India  reminds the world of the undying love of Shahjahan and his beautiful queen Mumtaz.

 

taj mahal

 

taj mahal

 

One of the Ancient Wonders of the Old World was The Mausoleum of Helicarnassus, Bodrum Turkey.  It started out as a memorial for the Persian King Mausolus, by his wife/sister Artimisia.  But when she died, became a mixture of all different styles as artist continued with their own ideas.

 

mausoleum-bodrum-halicarnassus turkey

 

mausoleum-bodrum-halicarnassus turkey

 

Media used; ink, card, gem stone, silk flower, fabric,organza ribbon (wings) and handmade paper stamped with vercemark and chalked.

to be continued……