11/13/09

candle stand


so here it is people. the bone candle table stand. when dan saw it he had an entire mini discourse to share. tod and i had no clue, no idea whatsoever that throughout time candle tables stands have been a staple, a constant. one could even say, done to death. and i took it as a compliment that wobble and all, he doubts anyone has ever made one like this. he liked it. i got a stamp of approval i think. and quite frankly, i like it no matter what anyone thinks.

the bones are affixed onto the table top and i shaved the candles to fit the holes. one could of course put pencils....dried flowers, twigs, or just about anything else they so desired into these marrow orifices.

i was pushed to my limit. tod was pushed to his. i wanted to quit. i hated so much about this initially: being forced (not really but its what i had to work with) to use things i wouldn't normally use. the time pressure. the out and out ignorance of my own self when it comes to truly understanding the laws of physics, basic tools & measuring techniques. and mostly having to ask for help more than once from people i had just met and felt had much more important things to do than this. i wanted to do something different but then felt so insecure and afraid while doing so that i barely had time to enjoy the process.

i had to tear it apart and re do it three times. painful stuff. very painful. that it took me two weeks to finish is actually horrifying...the mind wants to say for fucks sake how are you ever going to make it in life if something this diminutive takes up so much of your time and it STILL isn't quite right. well...i'm too tired to care right now. i've pushed into/past some invisible membrane that i never knew existed and i came out holding this strange table, feeling a little puckish and ready for the next thing.




ps. i call this piece: ' its not about the table'

UPDATE: dan calls this a candle stand, not table. he sent me a link about them here.


14 comments:

Ellen said...

I think you did a great job! Feeling forced to do things out of your element is stressful, especially with deadlines, but now your physically there, part of something. I think it's AWESOME! I think you need to go celebrate. (hmmm, with something more special than apple fritters?)
Also great link below with Steve Tobin. Need to explore more of his website.

self taught artist said...

thank you ellen. and tod and i did celebrate! and i went to the bone house and took pictures of dan's awesome chairs and the other cool table that bob made...all to kick off the new 'phoenix commotion' blog that we are going to get going in the next few days :)

Kim Hambric said...

I love that the bones turned into candleholders. I also like the unique shape and piecing of this table. Will there be more tables? Perhaps they can sort of become alters with loads of bone candleholders.

self taught artist said...

kim, thanks! there is this empty weird lot across the street with this concrete furniture (i'm sure i have poison ivy somewhere on my shoes) that i knew i just had to photo shoot my table at.
more tables...UM YES. thinking...say...99 more? not all bones. but it does appear the museum person isn't picking the furniture up this weekend after all so i could actually make another one if i drink enough coffee!!!! (this did remind me of some strange alter too)

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

This is right up my alley, Paula, and quite frankly, I'm thrilled to see someone using bones(not out of any morbid perversion, but because bones are so beautiful and there is a metaphorical symbolism here that goes back to the very beginning of time. I really really like--no, I adore this.

self taught artist said...

thanks dawn! high compliment that you adore it!

Daphne Enns said...

It's excellent Paula. There's so much distortion that I get confused and I like that. I can't tell what angle the table goes in and I think it makes for great articulation just like our bones articulate our bodies!

I have NEVER heard of a candle table either. And I took the History of Furniture (true)!

self taught artist said...

well i corrected it daphne, its a candle stand. i'm such an idiot sometimes when it comes to remembering correct names of things. glad you like it, its a complicated little thing :)

andrea said...

"Done to death" and "marrow orifices". You're killing me here! :) Seriously, I really think you nailed it, and reading what you went through to get there makes it so much sweeter. I also love the fact that it is, in today's world, completely decorative. Way to go! (I am so fascinated with bones and antlers and things -- my paintings have them as imagery and they're scattered about my house and garden. Do more!!)

Karen said...

I think it is beautiful. Love the asymetrical table top.

self taught artist said...

andrea...'completely decorative'????its functional!!!! a candle stand, doesn't that count as functional?

thanks karen...i love that asymmetrical top too. if i'm going to make a table i want it to not be quite so conventional...why bother otherwise.

Ron Southern said...

I stumbled in via Next Blog and was soon intrigued even though I never have quite figured out where you're at with your art and life. I presume it might unravel or unfold more if I hang around a little.

andrea said...

There aren't a lot of people who use candles for lighting any more, though there are some! Let's face it, it's art not industry.

sarala said...

Very cool. I saw your posts backwards. The candles are exactly what I envisioned. Glad they got a warm reception too.