The woodcutter always finds his way into the story…

Today I cut trees, dead trees, trees that looked perfect for my installation. And then they had to be mounted on the roof of my car, and stashed inside my car.

I think this is what they call process work… I call it hard work…

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Look at this glorious shot of the back window of my car… and the reflections… you can’t see that it is stuffed full of trees inside!

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Then I finished my Animus and Anima picture book, more process work :o)

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I really like these books… I shall make more… at some point… I fancy a Tarot based one – or seven….

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Cat among the shadows…

I went out early this morning to collect branches before first light. I wanted to catch the kitchen before full daylight for my tests. Well it took forever to wire up my branches to make the *shade* thingy, and by then it was full albeit murky, daylight. I tried covering the windows for a few experiments, and worked out that I needed smaller branches further from the light source.

This was the first set up of the day:

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Looks like nothing eh? But it is about 6 foot tall and those branches would not stay up… lots of cursing, it’s really a two man job. Still one woman sufficed. I couldn’t get an image of the shadows in the workshop but you are not missing much. The workshop it too big and the roof too high.

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Of course Pookie thought it was all for him..

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My next experiment involved smaller twigs, polystyrene and a larger space between the bulb and the twigs. I did it in the kitchen as I was able to make it darker. I only used a few twigs just to see if it would work, after all the hours spent wiring the large branches together!

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Shadows!!!

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I was so happy to see them, this bulb rocks those twigs!

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Look at this gnarly bugger…

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I am happy now…. I didn’t sleep hardly last night for worrying about it, even though I was dog tired. Then I got up long before dawn to get the branches sorted. It is all about experiment after experiment to find out what works. Once I have it set up I can refine things and decide if I want to add a turntable or not. At the moment I am thinking we don’t need it but I will see.

I now have a boot full of the gnarliest twigs I could find ready to take in and play on Thursday. Now back to my seminar research…

 

Just doodling…

I can’t believe it is already June… geez, it’s almost the end of the semester.

I needed to get away from brain work, reading, and theorising and writing, for half an hour, so I picked up my iPad and started doodling… I made trees…. (thinking of the shadow forest I guess, for Light Nelson)…

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I drew trees, and erased bits of trees

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and turned them inside out… it’s fun doodling…

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I may try using these, if the other thing doesn’t work out, the outlines may need to be less messy but I will do a wee experiment with a tea-light maybe see if they make shadows, if I can find some acetate to print on before Tuesday. No college tomorrow as it is a bank holiday. Queens birthday. We never celebrated that in England… odd, not that I am ungrateful for a day off of course…

Sorry Joyce #15

I think that I shall never see
A man who makes me feel like he

A man whose hungry mouth does kiss
Until this earth is heavens bliss

A man that looks into mine eye
And proclaims a thunderous night is nigh

Upon whose breast my head has lain
My fingers tangled in his mane

A man that loves for his own sake
Who freely caused my heart to break

Such men are loved by fools like me
Can God explain this mystery