This blog entry covers one of the Natasa pieces that I finished in February. The inspiration for this piece was a folding wine rack, much like (but not identical to) the one shown in the picture below:
In many pieces in the Natasa series, I have been playing with the idea of boxes not just being the container for the artwork, but as objects themselves. Boxes have been placed inside other boxes, cut up, flipped upside down, and the composition of all these containers becomes just as part of the artwork as the objects they hold.
This time I thought it would be interesting to place all these boxes and drawers within the confines of a folded wine rack, with the lack of 90 degree angles giving a sense of imbalance. The trick would be getting all the parts to fit securely into such an unusual space.
The above picture shows the initial composition, with the parts simply placed on top of the wine rack. There are four drawers from a jewelry box, a couple cigar boxes (one behind on the far left) and one of my ubiquitous mail box doors. Next comes hacking the wine rack apart.
I had to cut a good portion of the center of the rack so that the main elements could fit into it. This got a bit confusing, and a lot of the rack pieces fell off or had to be removed, and I had to reattach them later.
There was much work during this stage, but of little photographic interest, so once the structure was relatively stable, I moved on to the innards of all the nooks and crannies.
There are about seven interior spaces in this artwork, and I wanted them to tie together visually. The above photos shows where they aren’t quite there yet. So I did a bit of swapping and replacing…
At this point it felt close. I had moved one of the photos to the far left, and it would be framed by the bike gear. Swapped the locations of the bottles, and added some old stamps behind them, It was starting to have the feel of a 1940’s shelf. So a little more cleanup, as well as the addition of some gold picture frame bits, and it was done.
“The Medicine Cabinet” is a hanging assemblage artpiece. It is approximately 21 x 12 x 4 inches. Feel free to contact me with any questions about it.