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#13 Redwood Assemblage


i must be getting obsessed with these new redwood assemblages i've been making. i try to imagine someone seeing this for the first time and instantly seeing the profundity that i see in it and i come up short. this is number 13. not sure if you've been able to check out the first 11 on my facebook fan page or on flickr, i've been remiss in posting them one at a time (still not happy with the picture quality and its too damn cold to take them outside). just finished this one. this is three pieces of cut, joined redwood scraps. i think its profound ....i've made the one triangle piece slim to fit flush with the low side of the center piece. there is a wave and depth to this that just pleases me to no end.

i spent most of the morning cutting more pieces with my dwindling supply of redwood. its a complete mind immersion. making sure i dont cut my fingers off, measuring things, finding just the right pieces to go together. i'm totally absorbed with these pieces and still no clue what to do with them. doesn't seem right to have them up for sale just yet. they need to cling together and gain power.

9 comments:

Colleen Kole said...

You are obsessed with them -but there is a reason why-they are wonderful! Just keep going with them. Be absorbed because it is working1

Karen said...

The lines within the wood are so beautiful. And do I see pencil marks of measures?? I like how you feel that they should cling together somehow. little medatations of married woods...

ArtPropelled said...

Paula I anticipate great things with this new obsession of yours. You are right just to hold on for a while because something is definitely developing and as you say keeping them together in some sort of series or whatever it is your gut is telling you, will lead you to whatever it is you are grasping for. If you asked my opinion (only if you asked :-) I would say don't worry about where its going at this stage, just keep on enjoying yourself until a plan becomes obvious.

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

This post is inspiring! Keep it up, and I love that you are showing work in progress--this is fascinating too!

paula said...

i was honestly afraid no one would comment/like this.
whew! you get it really? no one is being nicey nicey?
and yes karen, those are marker marks from whomever was originally cutting the larger redwood pieces, and that was a cast off. there are many of these that have just singular black lines from measuring marks. i love that part the most!

andrea said...

As someone obsessed with composition, what really attracys me about these pieces is their beautiful shape. I want to put them in a painting -- or maybe just make a painting based on their shape. Something Matisse-ish.

And I love that you talk about your process this way.

Karen said...

NOOOOnot being nicey nicey. I love that they are so beautiful in and of themselves. That you created such good shapes from castoffs. that they have a real history ( a part of the bone house especially!) I am wondering if they are sanded smooth enough to rub without fear of splinters? In any case I really do like these!!

paula said...

karen i've not gotten a splinter from them, redwood isn't really splintery like cedar if you know what i mean. least these dont seem to.

San said...

"They need to cling together and gain power." Well put.