Saturday, March 22, 2008
Decisions, An Installation in the Making, Part 3
(All images can be clicked on for closer inspection!)
This past week I've been working on the last of the framed keys. Although I often fight personal artistic demons of doubt about the quality of my artwork, I've got no issues with my confidence in framing. Presentation is definitely a forte! These last pieces have the moulding cut on its sides, exposing the lip. I painted the interior (which is generally the back of the frame when cut ordinarily) and cut plexi for the front.
I then drilled holes in the plexi and attached it to the frame with copper weather striping nails or with brads and "decorative" washers or brass nuts. I'm really pleased at how unique each one is.
I've also managed to tag about 200 keys. These are now being attached to the doors with hooks, half of which I distress with rust and/or copper patinas.
I'm really please and, of course, now getting a little nervous about exhibiting the installation. The show isn't until next month...but, of course, the publicity, statements, etc. are all due now. Thankfully, I should be "finished" tomorrow...though I might tinker with it during the coming month! The title of the show is PERSONAL GROUNDS. I'm keeping my statement short:
Mixed Media Installation, 2008
Personal Grounds is a location in life. It is the place in which one exists as a result of doors opened, keys turned, and options exercised.
(Above: Key to Sucess, 2)
(Above: Untitled Key on Lace.)
(Above: Untitled Key on Kilim.)
(Above: Key to Peace and Quietness.)
(Above: Key to Potential.)
(Above: Key to Sanity.)
(Above: Key to Favor.)
(Above: Key to the Unknown.)
(Above: Key to Mystery.)
(Above: Key to Dreams.)
(Above: Back of Key to Dreams. Some of these keys have collaged backs. This image also shows the off-set strip of metal that I'm using to attach the frames to the doors. There's another piece screwed to the doors into which this strip fits. Should one of these keys sell, I'll simply attach a wire for ordinary hanging...but, as part of the installation, everything hangs perfectly flat against the doors and completely level!)
(Above: Untitled Key with Leather Pouch.)
I've also selected the final two containers for the rest of the wrapped, rusted nails. I found them in my own garage! I'll post photos later...once they're filled and placed in the installation.)
Posted by Susan Lenz at 9:01 PM