Ooooh this one is going to be a fun one! I can already see the possibilities. I’m thinking lots of juxtaposing of materials and symbols here… maybe sculptures of flowers or other delicate things made from fire crackers, used brass from bullets, etc. Or perhaps a hot air balloon made from found objects.
Ever since my sculpture classes in early college, I’ve loved doing found object art. I did these small wire frog sculptures back then that had light bulbs and old screws for various body parts. They were probably one of the most successful things I’ve done as an artist – having sold about a dozen of them over the course of a year. They were also one of the only things I ever made that I truly believed in and loved with all my heart. I tend to think that passion helped in how people were attracted to them. They were made with love, after all.
Back then, I used to collect random things I’d find just about anywhere – old car parts, bits of junk people tossed on the side of the road or in the trash, bones, fallen bird’s nests, old bottles washed up at the beach… it was so rewarding to give these forgotten things new life. Unfortunately, after moving out on my own to finish college, I had much less time and space to work with. I eventually put aside this niche of art I loved so well to pursue my graphic design degree and stopped collecting as much – save for a few feathers, shells, and bones here and there. I’m ever-so-glad to have a reason to collect again, it does rather feel like that part of me has been missing a bit! Time to get to collecting and of course… PLAY!