Polaroid mistakes from “A box for two.”
The mistakes are ok!
“One is inside / then outside what one has been inside
One feels empty / because there is nothing inside oneself”
“One tries to get inside oneself / that inside of the outside / that one was once inside / once one tries to get oneself inside what one is outside: to eat and to be eaten
to have the outside inside and to be / inside the outside”
“But this is not enough.
(Text by R.D. Laing)”
New little lepporello book: letterpress, typewriter, Polaroids, thread. I was thinking about John Baldessari when I made those Polaroids.
To take a break from all the embroidering I’ve been doing, today I’m making Polaroids and drawing.
I’m pretty rusty in the drawing department. Sigh.
Lately I’ve been making a lot of artwork that takes a long time (embroideries? linoleum cuts of drawings of string? books? the giant woodcut that I haven’t started yet?). I like this kind of work because it provides a certain kind of depth and gravity to it; you can tell that it took a long time to make and this makes it feel more significant, no matter how physically small or how banal the subject matter. It becomes a property of the work as much as material and content.
That said, I also like to take Polaroids. The immediate gratification instant film provides is rewarding and it provides a balance to the more time-intensive work. Not only does it feels good to finish something, it will give more variety to the body of work as a whole. I’m thinking that I will put some of these in a little book, and frame the others to see which is more effective.
Hmm. I’m feeling verbose today. Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. xoxo
Wishing you all a year of opportunity, connection and energy.
I’m full of gratitude.
Remember when I said that I was done with Polaroids for a while? It turns out that was an untruth. (Photo cred to the one on the left goes to Jake.)
Due to Magicube troubles, I think it might be time to take some pictures outside in the bright bright sunshine.
In other news: I’ve been playing with old cameras a lot lately, so I’ll have lots of things to post soon. I’ve also realized that I haven’t finished anything lately. I guess I’m still learning how to be a grownup artist that doesn’t go to school. And today I just started what will hopefully be a series of embroideries (if there is a question mark floating over your head, that is completely justified. But, trust in trusting).
I just learned about Poladroid. So now I can take digiphotos and make them look like Polaroids! Isn’t it nice to sidestep the stress and expense that is ebay shopping? Whee.
PS DON’T WORRY I will not stop taking Polaroids for realsies. In case you were worried.
PPS Photo cred for the third photo (Little Mom surprised!) goes to Harold. xoxo
Check out the Polaroid I took of Kaleb yesterday. Sometimes salvaged gear leads to some really nice surprises.
Kaleb + Polaroid = Kalebaroid? Not as good as Joe-laroid, I’m afraid