Sometimes, the creativity to put things down on paper lags, causing the dreaded “creative slump”…any of you who create know exactly what this feels like, and know that it is almost physically painful when you can’t seem to find your passion and love for creativity. I’ve had times where I sit at my art desk, fidgeting and squirming because I simply cannot decide what to draw. I make a few little lines, but then erase them. It is a painful time. 😉
But then…sometimes…creativity surfaces in a new way. For example, recently, I discovered gels for textured acrylic painting. Perhaps I’ll get into that more in another post. For now, I’ll share what I created a few years ago out of assorted found objects (…junk…).
This was made using all sorts of different items, and is held together by items, as well as glue (hot glue, metal glue, any kind of glue I could find, really), wire, clothes hangers, and magnets.
Here is a list of the items I used if you’re interested in reading about it.
-Chain links (rather, one great big one for the body)
-Saw Blades from a piece of farm machinery (horse’s face)
-Wooden Handle from a kitchen utensil (horse’s neck)
-Decorative Slate/Rock from a water fountain (the platform the horse stands on)
-Beaded Decoration (tail)
-Strip of frayed fabric (horse’s mane)
-Bolts, nuts, and screws (legs, hooves, and eyes)
-Necklace…a very tacky, dated, owl necklace (it was hideous, but a goldmine for this sculpture. The round horse-rump was the owl’s body – held on with glue. The Native American’s mohawk was the owl’s wings [held in place with wire]. The little embellishment on his leg is from the necklace, also.)
-Horseshoe (it seemed fitting for this western sculpture. The man’s legs.)
-Decorative Skeleton Key (man’s body. It fit tightly on the horseshoe, and then I used very strong glue to hold it there permanently.)
-Old Fishing Reel Handle (arms)
-Beads, Coin (necklace…this and the arms are held in place with wire)
-Black Wire Clothes Hanger (while this may look like just a decoration, it actually is holding the horse’s head and neck in place by going through the neck [handle], down below the body, and wrapping around the body several times. I left the coils for visual interest.)
The horse is glued to the slate, and the legs are held to the body by very powerful magnets (you can see they’re red and green). The rider is also held to the horse with a magnet. The saw blades that make for the triangular horse head hold their shape by the wires that are wrapped around them – it also makes for a “halter” of sorts.
The sculpture stands almost twelve inches tall.
Finally, I’ll include a number of angles and closeups so you can see this from all angles. I hope you enjoy seeing my sculpture. I have a couple more of these junk sculptures that I may share at another time.
All comments are welcome and appreciated. Thanks for looking. 🙂