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The Muse's Storage Box

The Muse's Storage Box
Copyright Diane Lou.

Alchemical Dreams and Disparate Realities

Rust and bones, broken toys and old text, game boards, gears and nests. Even as a child such odd, unwanted items evoked a pit-of-the-stomach response that bordered on exhilaration.
While I make no attempt to conjure up specific feelings in the viewer, the ambiguous juxtapositioning of familiar materials creates art that evokes half-forgotten, dream-like visions that beg to be interpreted by the viewer. There is a sense of deja vu (the already seen) tempered by a sense of jamais vu ( the never seen, or the illusion that the familiar does not seem familiar), and this contradiction asks the viewer to dig deeply, to look inside her own repository of wisdom, intuition and experience to find her own meaning in the familiar objects she sees.
The once-private discards of people's material lives that I collect for my art seem to carry universal memories with them, memories that can engage and mystify the viewer. Their beauty lies within the rust, the erosion, the wear, and the mere fact that they were once possessions.
I play with abandon and with no forethought. Each piece of detritus seems to suggest to me a relationship with some other piece, and I begin to put them together and wait for the mental "buzz" that lets me know I am proceeding as I should. Even at this point, I continue to remain in the play state and will not allow myself to direct the outcome of the piece, a process that requires complete trust. The outcome often mystifies me as much as it might any viewer.
Remember when, as a child, whatever was in reach became the instrument of your creative exploration? That is my life. A rusty, flattened piece of metal on the street, a gnawed bone by the roadside, a unique twisted branch from a tree, a fallen nest, a broken egg, a snake's skin, a dead butterfly...all will be added to my collection and eventually have their beauty honored in one of my pieces. The resulting art creates a new story with its own imagined history, one that invites the viewers to lay some claim on it by allowing themselves to be enveloped by the sight, the history, and the ambiguity of the realities before them.

Friday, April 1, 2011

And the winner is....

Carol Cantrell!  Congratulations, Carol!  Send your mailing address to me at dianelou at earthlink dot net and I'll get this print right out to you.

Finally two days of around 60 degrees, at least in Portland where I have been for these two days. Doubt if we hit it at home.  But, oh, just to not have it raining for a change!  We set a record for consecutive days of rainfall in March.  Enough!  It's time for some sun and the beginnings of warmth.

More art to come....and a new drawing for the month of April!  Stay tuned....


Carol said...

Diane, I'm thrilled to bits to have won your print! Most exciting thing that's happened to me for ages. Thank you so much. I love your blog so reading and commenting is a pleasure. I'll link to you on my blog, hopefully today. oxo

Diane Lou said...

Carol, I always love your comments so I am thrilled to be sending this to you! And thank you so much for linking your blog to mine too.
Hugs! Be sure to send me your address (or is it on the Instant Inspiration group?)