YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED redux : assemblage

Borg Queen

You will be assimilated.

Resistance is futile.

This is a remake of the original piece that is now defunct.

GIFTED to Rachel

See CATartrophe https://creartfuldodger.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/catartrophe/

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The ephemera: reproductions of old plans, handwritten manuscript from 1889, old text cut into a diamond pattern, unfinished painting by Lucas Cranach The Elder.
Assemblage bits: old binocular parts, gears, nuts and bolts, typewriter keys and parts, rusty registration plate, tiny light bulb

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SOS NUMBER 259

SOS! Let me out of here! Who, who locked me up?

SOLD

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The ephemera: a vintage owl natural history illustration ( reproduction), Old hand written French receipt from 1901 ( original ), a vintage padlock and key, 3 vintage metal typeset letters, a small bottle of china paint powder (golden brown ), a vintage post box number  and some rusty wire mesh.

Size : 8 inches by 8 inces

For locals I sourced the key and the letter press SOS letters here:

https://www.facebook.com/EverythingOldCanada?fref=ts It is a very cool shop in Saanich near the ferries.

 

YOU’VE GOT MAIL: altered post cards

You’ve got mail Harvey….from Juliette. That poor little Belgian girl that you mislead with your winning ways. Now she writes to you imploring you to answer her, to love her. At first the postcards are in French and then she learns English, to please you. She is hoping you will reply. Little does she know that you also receive postcards from Jane and Helga and Maria and others…Did she live a life of bitterness, cursing those drat Canadians or did she find someone after the war was over…maybe she went on to lead a happy life. We will never know.

GIFTED

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Here is the long suffering Juliette. And on the reverse….
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Yet another missive from Juliette…She has hand drawn a speech bubble with the letter H for Harvey. And on the reverse….
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The circus is here, arriving by paquebot. Maybe Juliette went to cheer herself up.
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Voila Jane, a more sensible English paramour, who only wrote once to charming Harvey. And on the reverse…. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   

Jane’s bicycle and a few  dancing girls to spice things up.
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And finally here is Harvey ( on the left). Are we being too harsh with you Harvey. You are awfully young and it was the Great War after all and you were far from home. Still, you could have been kinder to Juliette. And on the reverse…..

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Mugshots and turpentine.. not very subtle I admit. But that is how it is Harvey.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Thank you to Lori for gifting me your uncle Harvey’s postcards. He is long gone but his        exploits live on.

VINTAGE TAGS: ELEVEN, TWELVE, THIRTEEN

Grommet, grommet, grommet…mission accomplished, thirteen, slightly odd tags completed as planned, I will put my grommet tool away….for now. The tags are all tucked snugly into a galvanized tin on the coffee table, waiting…..

British Army trainees exercising on a vintage French calling card; Heart Stimulant tablets, for obvious reasons; and a bus ticket stub the grommet hides the number 13.

SOLD

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   Three vintage seashells (one hidden by a Blackpool bus ticket) on an antique French letter from the 1700 s.

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  Antique bees on French typography; a dancing girl in stop motion and an Eiffel Tower faux-postage stamp all affixed on a Post Card from World War I. On the postcard Juliette from Belgium, is beseeching her Canadian lover Harvey, to reply to her outpourings of love in previous cards… to no avail. Alas Harvey, the scoundrel, has received many such post cards from other European lasses unbeknownst to Juliette. I happen to be in possession of his collection that he kept all his life…perhaps as a reminder of his wild days during the war, having settled for a life of conventionality in a small Canadian town. Thank you to Lori for gifting me her Uncle Harvey’s post card collection. I promised Lori that I would be kind to Juliette as she had written so many unrequited messages.

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ÉTIQUETTES BICYCLETTES : art tags

Un trio d’étiquettes bicyclettes… mais ou les mettre? En vedette sur une tablette?

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Matériel: ancienne carte postale; ancienne facture; vieille photo; dos d’un livre; billet gare de l’est Paris.Image

Carnet de rations alimentaires de 1947; dos d’un livre; billet d’autobus; vieille photoImage

Matériel: épine du dictionnaire illustré Larousse; billet d’autobus; vieille photo, ancienne reçue.

Mixed media collage

Chimère de Paris: assemblage

Chimère de Paris, perché là-haut son regard réflétant le témoignage des siècles d’histoire

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He is well, perched up there so high, his view is of the Seine and the roof tops of Paris.

Ah, the sights he has witnessed over the centuries. Yet his gaze remains poised and steady.

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CATartrophe!

While I was OFF THE TROPICS (see previous post) my cat decided to use my art archive box as her kitty litter. I lost 8 pieces !  Arrrghhh!

Lessons learned

forgiveness: I forgive you YOUKI.

letting go:  Its not good to be too attached, even to my art work

communication: young adult sons do not understand the concept of change the kitty litter often in the same way I do. What is often?

organization: I should keep my most precious supplies and boxes off the floor of the studio.

opportunity: I will get a chance to rework some pieces.

R.I.P. the lab creations are now of the past…ephemeral art work. So be it.

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Sigh…I am being so good about this that I think I deserve chocolate and red wine…and lots of it.

THE BORROWER: shadow box

The borrower swoops in to make off with your most prized possessions…the love letter from Berthe; your best horse’s tooth; your tiniest poison bottles; your magic crystal; your old tv tubes. He gleefully watches over them with a lock and key and waits, for your back to turn, so he can return to scamper off with more treasures for his hoard.

GIFTED to Robert

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Big shadow box (13″ X 13″). (SOLD)

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DETAILS: poison bottles, crystal, lock and key, t.v. tubes, watch front, a gauge, watch parts, old horse tooth, antique clock gears, an old tap, a label from a bottle of  Chateau Neuf du Pape, a 1908 French love letter from Berthe,  the ace of spades, an old slide ruler, an old French receipt from a Parisian chemist lab and a French document from 1794.

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I must admit that this piece is somewhat autobiographical….

NEWS FLASH: This piece was chosen as one of three out of more than 100 entries in the CVAC Spring Art Show by judges to have a jury talk and won one of the BEST IN SHOW awards. Apparently it will go off with the others on a tour of other galleries in the area before returning home to roost.

CALL BOX: assemblage

An old telephone dial, old papers, a doll’s eye from Paris, an old green door knob, a watch face…what shall we do with you?

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Finished assemblage cradled in the right hand waiting to be played with.

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The dial actually works and makes a lovely whirring noise while making the eye ball spin.

Check out the you tube video to see it work

Do you still remember your old phone number?

IN THE STUDIO

The flotsam and jetsam of everyday life from the past are nestled in antique printer’s trays ( brought home gleefully from London’s Portobello Road Market ) . Artfully displayed supplies inspire creativity: optical lenses, transistors, frozen charlottes, keys, stamps, eyeballs, teeth, legs, buttons, typewriter keys, tiny house numbers, gears, watch faces, dominoes, teeny tiny light bulbs, a rat’s skull …endless possibilities.

 

 

Number 2, rue Portejoie, Paris : assemblage

Two young girls on their first big adventure sans adults, in Paris. Climb up la tour Eiffel and  pinch yourselves…are we really here? Leave your names locked to Le Pont des Arts, the friendship sealed there.

Old French receipt ( carried home carefully by the girls with other precious papers), vintage lock and keys, old house number 2, La tour Eiffel on tissue paper, and Fleur de Lys.

A Gift for Alissa, so she will always remember her escapades with Zoe.

For the birds : encaustic collage

 

 

There goes the neighbourhood…. again. A crowd of crows, watching, a watch-faced moon. A crowd of houses, numbered, oddly. Who would live here?

NB: Having gifted the original “There goes the neighbourdhood” to a dear friend. I missed it and decided to rework it, this time encased in  encaustic wax, and rename it “for the birds”. 

Dysfunctional village: assemblage

Six dwellings, each unique and individual and yet each belonging with the others, to form the dysfunctional village. The doors are waiting to be opened. What lies within?

House number one: one bottle of hair brown, vintage house number; old latch, antique porcelain doll’s leg, a bit of ribbon.

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House number two: two keys, a door knob, an antique optical lens, a tiny light bulb, an eye and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

House number six: 6 vintage typewriter keys; an old gauge; a vintage fishing lure, an old tap and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

House number four: four vials, an old key, and old door plate, a bit of old ribbon and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHouse number three: three frozen charlottes, old copper nails and screws; a section of a old wooden slide rule; a door knob and a vintage house number.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Junk drawers: shadow boxes

In the junk drawer: a watch face, a vial, the letter W, a dice, a key, a tiny sea urchin, gears, a gasket, a type writer key and a lost girl. (SOLD)

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In the junk drawer: , a chess piece, a dice, some watch parts, a circus ticket, a stamp with hitler on it, a key, a transitor, a bus ticket, some typewriter parts, an old love letter, a SOS from the Titanic and the borrowers of course. (SOLD)

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In the junk drawer: a watch face and parts, a broken pottery bit from france, a food token from world war II, the number 7, a thimble, an egg, a key, a crown, a shiny trinket and the magpie that colllected them all. (SOLD)

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Stone angels : collage

Seen and Highgate cemeteries inspired these pieces.

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Inspired by a trip to Kensal Green Cemetery. A trio of stone angels, still and beautiful, adorned by lichen and moss. collage stone angel 1vintage sheet music, old plans, copper bird

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Old text, a receipt for le champs elysees and copper wings.

 

 

OlOld French receipt, purple crown, copper wings, moss green patina

Spare parts…just in case

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Spare parts, just in case.

 

 

What’s your number?: collage

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What's your number?

 

vintage house numbers, digital photos, old papers

Inspired by a trip to London and Paris I became entranced with the variety of beauty of house numbers and took many pictures…I layered them with old text and added some vintage house numbers from the local junk shop. I included the age and birthdates of my children, Sherlock home’s address, and other significant number’s in my life.

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I see beauty in everyday objects from the past and like to re-purpose them in  artful ways in my pieces. A trio of old door knobs, well worn from all that opening and shutting, the patina is perfect.An ordinary document, for the sale of a parcel of land, so beautifully written, on parchment paper.