Am I a Hoarder? Saving Stuff for Making Art
Oh, the potential of objects, for making art. Their shapes, textures and possibilities... The flotsam and jetsam of everyday life, natural & man-made, call to me. Yet, the first of the year desire to clean up, organize and pare down has hit me hard. But, the urge to re-purpose is fueled by weird guilt, especially after trips to the landfill, where much too much is wasted and thrown away.
I do my best to humanely keep mice out of the studio and, thank goodness that there are no pack rats there, except for me. This has become a problem, not so much for drawing and painting, but from when I began to make assemblages and installations.
Here are some of the items & rationale for saving. Out of the house or from the great outdoors and into the studio they go:
So, I am still not sure whether or not I'm a hoarder or just a person who makes art that is fascinated by the potentials, shapes, textures and colors of many things and by the endless new ways that they can be combined and what sort of statement can be made. In the meantime, while I am fortunate enough to have storage space, I'll do the usual. Go to the studio. Build a fire. Have strong intentions to clean, sort and re-organize. Get distracted by what I'm working on and not clean, sort and re-organize, until I can't move through the space. Hey, being excited about making art is much more fun. I just hope that I don't die first and leave a mess for someone else to deal with.