I have begun experimentation with a ‘whitening’ of my many fruit crates, as I have begun to be interested in both ‘Minimalism’ and the concept of a piece not needing a reason to exist, ‘as much like a tree or stone, it just is’ as well as the ideas of ‘Gestalts’, and the space within an object being perceived as a form by the human mind. The interesting thing about the whitening is that it creates a sense of purity and etherealness that is not inherent in the original object. The white only serves to accentuate the warping and decay of the crates, presumably aiding in making them look like ‘ghosts’ of their form.
The box before painting
The box after plaster painting
the paint appears natural and fluid, as if the paint has been poured on and left to flow down the form of the crate. At this point, I didn’t like that it was still quite thick, and so wanted to push the decaying of the box further, and experimented with ‘dropping the box’ to crack it.
After dropping the piece twice, we see the crate become destroyed and rough. Although this does create the sense of a space, it also creates a sense of clogging and unrest within the piece, which works well for the idea of isolation being a major pain to the person, leading to depression and a clogging of sorts, but it doesn’t make me feel right about the project. I lik ethe idea, but I don’t feel that it is right for this. Maybe, I will return to it soon.
The aspect of the ‘cage’ has come back from the thoughts about Eden, and this seems to be a recurring theme in my work, since the cocoons of las tyear, and the safety of the ritualistic circles within my alchemy project, an enclosed space and the very natur eof what it is to be inside one has come to a fruition here, where we see the aspect of a space come forth. This is also heavily inspired by Gestalt Theory, as it creates a form which you can put your hands into, through the holes, but one who was inside the cage cannot be free of it.