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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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Where is the month going?...again

Wow, where do I begin?  Let's just keep it at this:  I have some pending health issues that need dealt with immediately, and well, there's just too much other stuff going on to even talk about in any detail...except to just say "Enough already, Universe!"  Please just accept my apologies for being much less than on top of things in regards to posting on the blog.

And there's "summer", if you want to call it that.  While I know some of you are literally melting into the pavement (or the pavement is melting beneath your feet), we are having what one Seattle radio station called, our "78-minute summer" (number of minutes above 85 degrees).  I'll take this over that, but a little sun and warmth would be good.

We've had grandson Jake here a lot, and he and Nils are playing golf quite a bit, which keeps them both active and outdoors. This past Saturday, they played in a parent/child tournament in Salem.  My two favorite guys....

I haven't had a lot of time in the studio, but do have some starts on a couple pieces I'll show in a few days.

Meanwhile, stay cool and keep creating.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th! A winner, art finished and art sold...

Happy 4th of July to all of my US readers, and to the rest, I hope summer (or winter, depending on where you live, is perfect for you.  Our summer has finally settled in in its wonderful way...75 degree days and 55 degree nights, with a nice breeze.  Finally....

Sorry, I'm a couple days late with the June winner of a free copy of my book, Transfers and Transparencies.  And the winner is:  Anne Huskey-Lockard.  Anne, please email me at dianelou at earthlink dot net with your mailing address.  And congratulations!

Today I have some photos of some finished art, one of which sold immediately upon completetion.

Here we go:
I showed this the other day without the bottom complete, while it was still on the workbench.  As I was walking past a table full of stuff, I spotted a bag full of white feathers which I didn't really remember having, nor did I remember they were hooked together which made the whole process a lot easier and they suddenly seemed just the right thing to put behind the brass rods (part of the stash given by friends who are moving away).  Although it doesn't show well in the photo, the white at the center top is a porcelain oval that says "31" on it, the title of the piece.

Hard to see are the details behind the little roofed structure...a brass piece with a vintage baby picture in it, various wires, a copper coil, and a monopoly horse and rider.

I finished this piece about 3 days ago, and it sold the next day.  It has undergone a few changes since I first posted it on the blog.  "Sensorium"
Pieces that have also sold recently are "Bound Angel" and "Repository", both pictured below.

More new stuff on the way.  Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Last day for the drawing....

Today is the final day to post a comment to have your name entered to win a copy of my book, Transfers and Transparencies.  The winner will be announced this weekend. Good luck!

Great weather has finally hit...just in time for the 4th weekend.  Our first strawberries are ripening, and the garden has finally decided it is safe to commit to growth.  Nils and Jake are off to play golf, and I'm headed to the studio while the heat pump install continues to occupy several installers.

These summer days are so precious and easy.  Like our grandson Jake says, "It's so nice when you open the door and it is the same temperature outside as inside."  It's quite soothing...