In assemblage, often times what you find can totally change your focus and lead you on a whole new creative path. Such a thing happened to me. Cheri found a stash of postcards, photos and stamps while at sale. It turns out the grandparents were from Yugoslavia, and most of the stamps and photos in this batch were from there as well.
Up until this point, I had rarely used old photos in my work, but these photos were so compelling to me, that I just kept looking through them. What’s more, they seemed a perfect fit to go inside the post office doors in my collection, so got to work.
Unfortunately there are very few progress shots to share…between most of these being created right before the EAST tour, as well as just being kind of driven, taking photos for the most part was out of my mind. Nonetheless, here are a couple progress shots of one of the pieces:
In all the works, there is a mailbox within another box. In this case, it is within the confines of 3 conjoined jewelry box drawers. Above shows the drawers being attached, as well as having picture frame nailed to the top.
Next up was filling the drawers up with stuff! I found this piece in particular to be tough…always seemed that there was too much or not enough. Here is a state where it seemed like there was a bit too much.
After much agonizing, I got it where I wanted it to be. Below are a few shows of the final, which I am calling “Natasa and her Carriage.” Feel free to click on the images for a larger view.
Stepping back in time a little , the next three pieces were the first to be made, and have trouble recalling which was first. Though I do think the first to share “Natasha in Profile,” was the original inspiration for this series:
Next is a picture of what may be the grandfather with the kids, along with a couple of other people. This one is called “Papa and the Family.”
The following piece contains a photo that may or may not be the girl shown in the profile shot above. The pictures spanned a couple decades, and they are mostly pretty small so it is hard to tell. For the purposes of the historical fiction (without a specific story) I am creating, this is Natasa as a young women, and this piece is called “Natasa at the Wall.”
The next piece was made the week between the two EAST weekends. It shows Natasa with another woman, who I am naming Sofija, possibly one of her sisters:
The final work I am to present has a rather curious picture of “Natasa” in black with a woman in what appears to be a nurse outfit. Not sure if that is what the outfit is, but am calling this “Natasa and the Nurse,” unless I get new information.
These six works are what makes about my “Natasa Box” series. I would like to make more, but am quickly running out of unique parts such as the bottles and curved wood that give this series its personality. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, when making assemblage, the parts found can determine what direction art can go. Once those parts are depleted, time to move on. And with that, will conclude this post. As for the series…who knows?