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Energizing objects investigation – 3

Production

Grandma was a proud woman of the north, a Master Cutler in her family line, steel in her veins. Now in the south, we caught a bus into town, eyes straight ahead as we walked past the “loitering youths” (a nervous – making presence, subject of many warnings), to The Bon, the big store. Scissors. We searched. We asked. No Sheffield steel. None.

I’d never seen Grandma so upset, almost arguing. How is this possible? No Sheffield steel in your store!

Walking back, I had never seen her so tired. Sad. Lost.

Notes: Cutlery, corrugating tool, aluminium strip. A chance combination of items on the worktable.


More energizing objects.

  • Balance to create motion
  • A sideways step through memory
  • Process, objects…
  • Caption
  • Energising objects investigation – 2

    Ready for lift-off

    There was a question around the grandfather and his preference for a three-legged stool. Not my grandpa. A generic grandfather, the sort who gets caught up in a question on a school maths test.

    A question which puzzled housemate and soon-to-be qualified maths teacher Sean. Wouldn’t the four-legged armchair be more comfortable? “Not if it wobbled”, I suggested. “Three points define a plane, so no wobble. Centre your weight within the triangle and the stool won’t overbalance, though it might slope.”

    My early energising repeats the lesson.

    Notes: Weaving shuttle, chopsticks and kitchen scourer. There was a series of simplifications, concluding in a simple and stable tripod.

    More energizing objects.

  • Balance to create motion
  • A sideways step through memory
  • Process, objects…
  • Caption
  • Glossary investigation – Quiver

    Unbalance: Quiver

    1490 Caxton Eneydos

          “Dido quyvered & shoke of grete rage.”

    Dido

          Red haze
          Choke in throat
          Tears threatening
          Incoherent thoughts
          Bitter barbs
          Disbelieving
          Frustrated
          Shaking


          Unbalanced

    Aeneas



    Notes: I was drawn to this quote in part because of mention of Dido in Float, a work by Anne Carson that we discussed in the Creative Research group.

    I made the copper wire form in while in Hobart with the group, as an illustration of balance. Representing Aeneas it turns with freedom around the pivot. As Dido, options are curtailed, movement constrained.


    More glossary entries
    Structure based on lists

  • Glossary as a list of words connected with unbalance
  • Oxford English Dictionary used as source of quotations, not definitions
  • Making, motion, and photo documentation in response to quote
  • Text response in a list
  • Process notes
  • Energising objects investigation – 1

    Coffee cabaret

    She sits in my memory. Sits in the dim, curtained dining room. Quiet drawers agape. Her hands hover, selecting her treasures. Her memories.

    A box open, silver gleaming. “A wedding present. I don’t know what they thought of me, writing to thank them for the grapefruit spoons.” A little laugh. A light sigh. A moment’s pause.

    Carefully packed away, finials aligned.

    Forty years and half a world away, grandma’s spoons spring into action.

    Notes: Spoons. String.
    A second series of investigations, energising objects by putting them into (un)balance / motion. (see also Glossary).


    More energizing objects.

  • Balance to create motion
  • A sideways step through memory
  • Process, objects…
  • Caption
  • Glossary investigation – Unballast

    Unbalance: Unballast

    1586 B. Young The Civile Conversation of M Stephen Guazzo

          “He..without anie more words unballanced the ship.”

          1st paycheque – an Antler suitcase

          £75 ticket – no place as a £10 Pom

          6 weeks – the rocking ship (sick until Gibraltar)

          2 years – stretched to a lifetime


    Notes:The first attempt in an intended series. An investigation of un-balance – an infinite series of adjustments.

    Structure based on lists – the Glossary as a list of words; text response in a list. Making and recording of un-balanced in action.

    Initial text from Oxford English Dictionary – a translation by Bartholomew Young. The boat form was made in a workshop with Mary Hettmansperger (17-Sep-2018). Printed words in ballast net from Stephano Guazzo, La civil conversatione:La civil conversatione: divisa en quattro libri on books.google.com.au. Response list based on my mother’s memories of coming to Australia. On the learning curve in use of technology.

    More glossary entries
    Structure based on lists

  • Glossary as a list of words connected with unbalance
  • Oxford English Dictionary used as source of quotations, not definitions
  • Making, motion, and photo documentation in response to quote
  • Text response in a list
  • Process notes

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