10 February 2011

Shrine with Mexican Door

Talking about Smaller objects

Shrine with Mexican Door, and Shrine with Three Primitive Figures.
These smallish Cupboards are made from discarded ends of oak boards.
For putting books or special objects on.

29 January 2010


While the tea is brewing, I'm tempted to get depressed because the little frieze of dancing figures that I've fixed in at the back of the main section of the Shrine is not showing up too well. Partly because the elm surface that faces you is aged and faded, which I like; and partly because no light gets round behind it to create a theatrical dynamic when it's against the wall, which is how it has to be. Or does it? I'm thinking that maybe next time I make one of these I could try using the frieze as a door, positioned in front, that you open and close to get at your sacred object or books or whatever you've got in there. That way the figures will get more habitually drawn into play, and will stand out better because of not being pressed up against the wall. I guess you have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about - no image of this work available as yet - but you can see what I mean by these figurative friezes by clicking onto the website and sort of cruising around in there, like have a look at the Shrines in the Functional Objects section; www.paulandersonart.co.uk
Either way, I wanted to share with you the great sense of possibility that this small but irritating impasse has opened up. Still excited after all these years. By the simplest of things.
Now for tea, a blend of Clipper Everyday Organic, looseleaf Assam, and looseleaf Earl Grey. Obviously.

27 January 2010


With the table complete and installed, I realise among other things that I didn't give it a name, which is something I always used to do. Today is freezing-ish so after lighting a fire in the studio and making more tea I'll be getting on with sketching out a frieze of dancing figures to go in the back of a small oak shrine. There are a couple of images of similar kinds of things on the website. I'm making it for a painter whose painting of a fiery field I fell in love with. The shrine is my way of paying for the picture. It happens and I enjoy transacting in that way. I'll be using elm, a section of an old thin board I've had knocking around for years. And maybe whiten it so that the figures stand out more, we'll see. More later.