"Do you sell your art?"
I typically say no and list a few of the many excuses my ego makes up. Well not this time. I am going to say yes for once and see what happens. I imagine it will be fun, simple and easy.
This is the first piece I have made with the pure intention of selling. I am calling it Fate. Sometimes it is hard to let go of my work, this time I am. It can also be difficult to let go and just trust fate, this time I am.
Don't you just love a beautiful metaphor?
I love the imagery and the thought of "home." I also am finding I like to weave this theme into my work. This was the jumping point of this assemblage. The clock, ever present in my art, represents time as well as the proverbial biological clock. The box contains a tiny secret of mine. The light represents ideas and energy. The crow for me is the spiritual aspect of death, change, transition. I chose the small compass to symbolize direction and forward movement. The pencil, a reminder that you can always rewrite your life, as I am doing now by starting a new chapter. I have had a "thing" for the winged heart since back in the 80's. To me this is love in motion, a joyful spirit, divine love.
The bottles each contain some tiny bits. One of them, another nod to time with watch parts. This also reminds me that there are many pieces that make up the whole, or all that is. The other bottle contains a little sand and a bit of parchment. The number 13 to me is like the crow, it is the spiritual aspect of rebirth. While many may think of the bad omen of both these totems, I choose to see them in another way, much like the junk I uses in my art. The key to me is a nod to knowledge, a rite of passage, mystery. The jacks are there to remind us of simplicity and fun. I topped the piece off with a quote that befits the piece well, "Sometimes fate and your dreams can collide." Will they this time?
I am going to do my best to make this a joyful experience and I will try to not be attached to the outcome. After all, if it does not sell, I get to keep it and I happen to think it is pretty cool. I think this will be a fun experiment.
I will be sending this, along with a few other pieces off with some friends at the Rusty Rabbit who are going to be doing summer sales the French Markets in the Chicago area. Stay tuned to see more pieces heading out...and see what fate has in store for my inner artist.