Purging wasted time…

July 5, 2010

As a mini-retrospective from the past year in Foundation, here is the result of one of my first pieces:

I had given up my job to do the Foundation course and for one of the first projects we had to experiment with paint and text and to create ‘something’ out of these experiments. I had a huge pile of timesheets from work that were just filling up space at home, so I decided to use these for the text part of the piece. I painted them in various bright colours and decided to make them into wax covered flowers. It was a fairly cathartic experience, tearing up all those sheets that represented all that time doing something that didn’t suit me. The transformation, for all its cliché, was rather apt to show the change in my situation to something beautiful. So I teamed these artificial flowers with the dried out flowers I’d been given as my leaving gift and a Bob Dylan quote:

“For them that must obey authority

That they do not respect in any degree

Who despise their jobs, their destinies

Speak jealously of them that are free

Cultivate their flowers to be

Nothing more than they invest in.” 

I know that there are a couple of versions of this quote, but, for obvious reasons, I stuck with this one.

 For anyone who has left their job for something they really want to do, then this is a nice way of saying goodbye. Leave a comment if you’ve done something similar, or alternatively get in touch if you’d like me to transform your old timesheets into something pretty!

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