Thursday, 8 May 2014
recently I've been culling. Going through my home in spare moments and distilling things and objects.
One of my biggest hoarding issues (because I don't actually think I'm that bad), is collecting things that could potentially be used for art. It turns out I have a tonne of paper - maybe now's a good time to start using it?!
Personally, too many things make me feel burdened somehow. I like the idea of being able to pack up and run, reducing down to essentials and only having what I need.
I admit that with one going, going, nearly gone (child that is) an energy shift has naturally occurred in the form of clearing out. I've wept my way through some cupboards; like a fairy tale walk-in wardrobe to another land & in this case, a land of papers & the past! It felt timely and good to 'let go'.
I have at times fantasised about the art of making 'nothing' - objects gather dust and remain un-used (in some respects) - so how does one make art that is nothing? (Is this the world of conceptual art?)
By clearing out there is an opportunity for fresh energy to come in to one's life.
- spend just 10 minutes on one drawer or cupboard and cull: take things to the charity shop, recycle yard, give away or sell on e-bay
Spend more time if that's what you're compelled to do!
When a space opens up I find there's room for new-ness, more (in whatever form), fresh ideas and inspiration to come in.
I am still de-cluttering. And where I can't buy new anyway (because I cannot justify the expense) I will re-create. I have new dining room chairs a la paint left over from decorating :) ahhh
I had a hot pink mirror once, now it's a stylish Annie Sloan/Farrow & Ball french grey ;)
For inspiration I have been reading this zenhabits post: http://zenhabits.net/declutter/
I also like the notion of a tiny home (something I've touched on previously in this blog). It thrills me to think how small a footprint I can make on this planet, rather than a large one. How I can reduce bills, space, overheads rather than reach for more, consume more and gather more. Although in this instance, I think more outdoor space would be good.....
I like these:
I think I need to buy this book next: Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter
I also recently came across this concept 'pocket neighbourhoods': http://www.pocket-neighborhoods.net/ - I need to read more on this, but thought I would share. (I've just found the book too.)
Returning to art, I find I'm collecting images/objects already in existence, finding ways to remove, erase, or simply re-contextualise what's already there.
It's strange, these correlations between areas of my life.
The world is full; messages abundant; advertising in over-kill, but what is it we truly wish for deep down? What is it we are trying to say by the way we live, the art we make?
PS. I'm thrilled to be having some of my art (new work), travel to this event in Greece: http://www.lubomirov-easton.com/Art-Athina-2014
If you're in Athens, do visit - and please take a pic and send to me as I won't be there!
Posted by Amelia at 13:12