19/07/2009

DAY 2 Land Art

The idea of creating ephemeral work really started to appeal to me after the 'writing on the wall' - our second assignment was to create a work in space rather than linear - this was challenging as my immediate reaction like DAY 1 was a linear respond to the environment around me - we walked to the beach and on the way stopped several times making marks and drawings in a concertina book we made in the morning - this sharpened our observation skills and served as an excellent warming up to the piece of work we made on the beach in the afternoon. We were instructed to use just one material and this is what I found in a cave washed up amongest the debris the tide had brought in - I dragged it to the sea - roots and all and thought of making an island - but NO - this is what happened instead - a SEA CREATURE immerged the tide was coming in faster than I imagined and soon water was swirling around my feet - no more time to work - the tide imposed it's own deadline and I had started the work too near the incoming sea!!

I quickly added some dried twigs to the head!

An eye emerged from somewhere OUT THERE!
The sea was coming in fast!
I watched with a little sadness as my sea creature slowly disappeared!
Until no longer there! What would happen I wonder.................. when the tide went out again........
The next morning after breakfast I hurried down to the beach before our next day's workshop began - guess what I found - in exactly the same place - a bit bedraggled and on it's knees!!!......... but boasting NEW bright green finery!!!

a theme was emerging and 2 more days to go - MORE TOMORROW!!!

8 comments:

notmassproduced said...

u collaborated with the sea - an awesome artist!

lynne h said...

omg, that is just so delightful!!!!!!!!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

What a fun project. I like what you did.

Annie said...

I would have been running down to the sea the next day as well! Lovely post to start my day. Thanks.

BLACK AND WHITE said...

What a nice idea! Beautiful series of images!

Art said...

That's great--and it came back to you!

Jeane said...

this is just wonderful! - a dear friend is an environmental installation artist and I followed her and documented her work for three years with a video camera tromping through woods, on beaches and up mountains - it really opened my eyes to how art is everywhere!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

This was beautiful, hurried and real. I so felt the rushing of the water and the survival on the beach...you gave my old eyes energy in all things depended on the life force!!!