I’m back at work. Look at this hot mess:
My first mistake was to say to myself, “Self, Jasper Johns did all that great art by embedding bits of newspaper in wax. Since you don’t have any other ideas, why don’t you do that?”
And maybe I started out okay, But I’m just not a minimal person. Soon I was thinking about a beautiful Buddhist statue I saw in Thailand once upon a time that was covered with bits of gold leaf. The gold leaf squares were loosely attached and little corners would shiver with the least breeze, making the stature look like a mirage. And before I knew it, I was leaving corners and bits of paper sticking up, just like that.
And what did I have? A shaggy old mess. I ironed it pretty relentlessly to de-shaggify it, and I’m thinking about adding a final layer of clear medium. The image has a bit of glare on it, so the colors aren’t quite right. Pretty good photo for my old LG phone!
The good news is that although I didn’t have any ideas when I started out, I immediately distracted myself. Up close, the bits of paper look interesting. And for the last few days I’ve enjoyed looking at it. But I need a real idea–and soon.