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Altered book page 10 Freefalling Snake in the Grass

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2008 by echostains
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Continuing over from page 9 with the pink pearlised ink, the words: –

Booby trapped

shows a drawing of a foot treading unwaringly on a hidden bomb.  Life is a time bomb really if you think about it; ready to go off at any moment.  Then it’s all over: that’s it really.  Booby traps: a game of Snakes and Ladders.

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p10-detail

Talk in a whisper Green Grass’

The snake whispers this (well hisses it), makes me think of the words ‘Why do you whisper green grass?’  This is a VERY ancient song, even more ancient than me!  It is by the Inkspots and called ‘Whispering’ Grass’‘Why do you whisper green grass? why tell the trees what aint so’.  From this you can see the way my mind is working, and the word and image association (whispering grass – snake in the grass)

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The whispering grass is associated with the Inkspots.  Inkspots and inkblots are used in psychology tests called Rorschach tests; the blot suggesting pictorial matter, depending on the frame of mind or temperament of the patient.  They are used by Forensics and for character assessment.

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inkblot

Life is a game of chance, and depending on how you look at it and how you deal with it, or interpret it, you will bear the consequences.  Sometimes it seems that you don’t even have to ‘do’ anything for things to ‘happen’ to you: there is usually something going on behind the scenes though; a chain of events etc.

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watcher

In the third part of the actual Echostains Project the communication took the form of a visual narrative and auto suggestion.  I did a series of inkblots: spilling various inks onto paper and manipulating the streams of ink, using salt to impede the flow.  Watcher  and ‘Meeting Place’ were made with black and white ink  on canvas.

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meeting-place-landscape

There is a lot of control versus chance in my work, which stems from my interest in Surrealism and the sub conscious.  I tend to use the sub conscious as a tool for ideas.  ‘House on the Borderland’ is a book by William Hope Hodgson.  The colours (ink) I have used, express the eerie feeling experienced reading the book.  My attempt to express a feeling in colour.

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house-on-the-borderland

1066 uses abstract markings to express movement.  The colours are an interpretation of colours used in the  Bayeux Tapestry and so suggested the title 1066 (Battle of Hastings)

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1066

Pages 9 and 10

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With many thanks to http://www.virtualshoemuseum.com/vsm/  a very interesting site – please check out!

Visit the Bayeux Tapestry, scene by scene

http://www.bayeuxtapestry.org.uk/

House on the Borderland

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/houseontheborderland.htm

Whispering grass

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Ink+Spots/_/Whispering+Grass

listen to it

Snakes and ladders history

http://sandradodd.com/game/snakesandladders

lots of variations here

 

 

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Altered Art Book page 7 and 8 In the Blood

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2008 by echostains
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‘Dad says it’s in my blood’.  This page came about when I was researching my Family Tree a while ago.  I genuinely do believe that we have the same genetic make up as our ancestors, and that these traits will out eventually.  They may manifest themselves slightly differently, but situations, even names we come into contact with seem to be repeated down the line: history repeating itself.

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It makes me wonder if life really is mapped out for us: that we are just living different permatations of the same life.  Like shaking up a lot of dice and letting them fall where they may.  Same componants: slightly different consequence depending on how, when and where they fall.  There is definitely something in the blood that is passed down.  The term ‘Sins of the father’ springs to mind.

‘Lots  of  blue and white balls’ (corpuscles)

‘Just like a washing machine’  (genetic pool)

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Thinking of artist’s that use blood in their work, I immediately thought of Mark Quinn and his ‘Blood Head’.  Quinn made this years ago in 1991.  It was called ‘Self’.  He used his own blood in this (4.5 litres of it).  It took him 5 months to do it. 

Self Marc Quinn 1991 .  One he made earlier

 

 

 

 

 

 Despite rumours of it being destroyed when a freezer became unplugged, I believe it is still going strong.  Quinn makes a new cast every 5 years to document his own development and of course, deteriation.

Quinn his latest incarnation 2006

Quinn his latest incarnation 2006

It is interesting that Quinn has chosen a 5 year span to ‘renew’ himself.  I found this bit of writing I did a couple of weeks ago, after a strange period in my life.

That was written a few weeks ago and I feel differently now.  Perhaps my blood has come to a head or settled down,   I’ve since learned that  our entire  blood actually renews itself every 4 to 5 months BUT our entire bodies renews itself every 7 or 8 years!  7 years for a woman.   I digress.  I may start calling this blog the digressionfiles!

‘Is it really in my blood?  I can’t put my finger on it: foot in it perhaps, that isn’t anything new – but THIS IS!  Something feels wrong and I don’t know what it is.  Something feels wrong in me.  The last time I had this feeling was when I was 35.  We are a few years along now, but I am so aware of something changing within me.  It must be my blood!  and it feels kind of ‘alien’!  I can actually feel it, and it feels differently, I feel differently.  I don’t mean in opinions, tastes ect – just different inside.  I feel that something is happening or something is going to happen.  I feel ‘anxious’ butI don’t know what about.  Does the blood really renew itself every 7 years or so?  Is this what it si?  If so, I must have got a batch that’s gone off: like a bad pint.  Prhaps my barrel needs changing or my pipes need cleaning lol!’

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There are other artist who have used blood as a media or a metaphor.  New York Blood Artist Jordan Eagles preserves blood between plexiglass, exploring regeneration and the metaphysical, he seeks a connection between the bodily, the spiritual and nature.

Hermann Nisch 'Blood Painting'

Hermann Nisch ‘Blood Painting’

Hermann Nitsch made a blood painting in 1962.  He used blood quite a lot in hs paintings and his performance art.  This gives it a sort of sacrifical aspect and also the possibility of redemption.  He also liked to pour red paint onto canvas, splattering and dripping the paint to resemble blood.  Nitsch sometimes rolled his own body into the paint to invoke extreme emotional reaction from his audience.  He was doing this in the 60s…and people are outraged with Von Hagens!