So, Covid-19 just drags on and on. It's now the beginning of July, and the Colonial Beach Artists Guild is still trying to create virtual shows as much for morale among our members as to have a means to have our recent creations seen.
Our newest online show is titled "Found Object Art." The Getty Museum's challenge, proposed early in the “stay-at-home” period, was one of our inspirations. Its premise was to recreate artistic masterpieces with objects found around the house. It proved to be popular and quite impressive. Who knew what you could do with dry pasta and a pair of socks.
Then, we began to inch outside our homes. Fortunately for us, we live in a small, very walkable riverfront town, which expanded our available materials to include objects found in our natural environment, such as driftwood, beach glass, and shells.
We made our guidelines broad. It didn’t matter if the “found-object(s)” came from your junk drawer, closet, backyard, thrift shop, or yard sale. If you picked it up off the beach and lugged it home 3 years ago, that was fine. As long as some “found object” was an important component of your piece, and your piece was created in the last few months – great!
The photo above is of my entry into the "virtual show." It is titled "Perfect Imperfections" and each shell was happily carted home from vacation visits to the Outer Banks. Every shell on this wreath could be called "flawed" yet the "wear and tear" inflicted on these shells through the rough and tumble of their environment (prior to their becoming "found-objects" only adds to their beauty and interest. The piece is a wall hanging (wreath) measuring 8.5" x 8.5".
To see the Album of the "Found-Object Art" show on the Colonial Beach Artists Guild Facebook page, click here. Enjoy!