Friday, July 24, 2009

Life in the Way

Progress shot of hubcanvas for Landfill Arts ©09

** I always cringe at the saying "life got in the way". Usually someone was on their way to something creative or meaningful in their life when they were blindsided by the actual vicissitudes of living life. My last post, (well over a week ago) referred to a long overdue paint job to the exterior of our house. Despite hiring a friend to help, the work grates on me because of the art backlog. I've made scant progress on my Landfill Art project, I've got several new pieces to frame before a local show this fall and a ton of ideas are languishing in my sketchbook.
Of course I made the bed now I have to sleep in it; but while I still have breath I may as well complain.
I did steal a few hours to complete a mesh 'web' that will cover the hubcap for Landfill project. The web will help hold some of the elements I'm using in this mixed media piece. The photo at the top shows one of the hands I've made being soldered in place.

Spider web - solder on copper mesh Landfill Art project in progress ©09

A few posts ago now, Jafabrit's blog commented on tortured artist syndrome. She claims (and has science on her side) that this is PIFFLE. (go ahead - click over - I'm just raving) This may be just anecdotal but I am tortured whenever this "real life" stuff gets in the way of making art. The last two weeks have been sooo non-productive art wise that I've been feeling a bit psycho. My mental health guru/wife says in another week of painting I should be right back in the art world of long hours and little pay or recognition. "Does that make you feel better honey?" So in a fit of Van Goghish perversity I shaved my goatee and mustache; which she didn't notice for two days until I pointed it out. This leaves me with the conclusion that one of the symptoms of tortured artist syndrome is invisibility. Sigh...

Mixed media mail art envelope in progress ©09

Meanwhile, I'm almost overdue to send a mail art piece to Jennifer Zoellner's Chromatophore project. I suppose I could send off one of my promotional postcards but given the quality of the submissions she has posted I'd be headed for the wall of shame.
Luckily I'm surrounded by a tabletop junkyard of scrap from working the landfill Art project. So why not use some of this wire mesh mess to construct an envelope to contain a few words for Jennifer? The picture above is my progress on this idea as of last night. I'm free handing my soldering iron to make some words for my enclosed 'message'.
Plus to head off any further tortured artist syndrome I am vowing that not another clapboard or window sash competes with my attention until at least this mail art piece is safely in the saddlebags of my pony express rider.


ria said...

Whatever happened to the saying, "life imitates art," or was it the other way around? :)

WEE-HOO said...

Oh my... can't wait for your mail art! As long as you make it by the show... it shall hang!! (8-27)

Bill Evertson said...

Oscar Wilde's "life imitating art" is going to be a poor substitute for me until our house is done ;)

Jennifer's blog has some great mail art - check it at Thx for commenting!

ria said...

Don't I know ;-)
(about Chromatophore I mean)

Bill Evertson said...

Ria's mail art piece for Chromatophore is: Nice work Ria!!

Art said...

I don't know if shaving off facial hair is the sign of a tortured artist unless you take an ear with it.

I hope the housepainting ends before it gets to that!

Bill Evertson said...

Lol - Art, I have very low standards.

JafaBrit's Art said...

ROFLO, so I am not the only one, it took me three days to notice my husband had shaved off his beard when I came back from England. Then I had the gall to complain I missed it.

I really love the work you are doing with mesh, and as for feeling tortured, well dang it, it's real when we can't DO art we are itching to do because of mundane chores of life.

oh thanks for the shout out.

Bill Evertson said...

LOL - Hey Jafa perhaps I'm not an invisible tortured artist after all. I think I'll try a gorilla suit next. As I look back over my sketch books I've got a few ideas to try with the wire mesh; stay tuned. Love your "ID" piece ; glad you re-posted it. Timeless.

Patricia said...

I am in love with your mesh envelope.
You are brilliant!

Bill Evertson said...

Thx Patricia. I've also been enjoying your photos.