Phew, the Exhibition Blues seem to be lifting – I told you they wouldn’t last long. I’m still very physically exhausted and having to curtail my activities accordingly but my mood has thankfully improved.
I am currently planning my garden. This is the first year that I’ve experimented with sowing seeds and – fingers crossed – so far it seems to be working. I lost one tray of teeny tiny lobelias when Chiana knocked them over in her rush to attack next door’s cat (he had dared to come and sit on the windowsill, the bounder!) but everything else is still miraculously alive.
Kirsty Hall: Seedlings, March 2009
Things are seeding and growing on the art front too.
While I was in London, I had an idea for a short daily project. I realised that I was missing The Diary Project and also wanted to challenge myself to just start something straight away instead of ruminating on it for months or years first!
So for the duration of March, I’m making a small object no larger than 10cm in any dimension every single day. These aren’t necessarily high art or great sculpture but they are fun and a good way of experimenting with form and materials. And I’m enjoying doing a daily project again: I don’t think I’d want to work this way all the time but it does often seem to benefit my practice. It feels a bit like a musician doing their scales.
Kirsty Hall: March Object No 2, March 2009
Kirsty Hall: March Object No 3, March 2009
It’s not a requirement of the project that I make the objects with materials that are lying around the house but it seems to be the way it’s going. I’m especially enjoying taking bits of rubbish and making art from them. So far I’ve used the wax from some BabyBel cheese, a bit of a plastic milk bottle, a torn up paper bag and the thick paper insert from a chocolate box (they’re fabulous if you pull them apart because they’re sort of corrugated inside).
Kirsty Hall: March Object No 5, March 2009
Kirsty Hall: March Object No 6, March 2009
Oh yes, and quite a lot of thread and yarn. I can’t help it: thread is apparently still where my brain is at. In fact, I’m having to force myself not to use thread on every single one and to experiment with other materials.