Inventory. We make handmade paper objects. While, some of these objects look pretty good by themselves, we think they have a bigger impact in groups. The gallery below follows one piece of "inventory" from creation to being part of a work that is made up of several other paper objects.
We love the start in photo 1 - an exuberant diagonal of whimsical shapes. One day we're gonna recreate this state. Photo 2 sketches in the X motif. The third photo shows what we often do. We take a piece too far: piling on color, shapes and pattern until the eye can't make sense of it anymore and looks elsewhere.
We used to feel ridiculous when we would do this as if we both suddenly and simultaneously just forgot everything we ever learned about making art. Then we realized that it is just part of our process. We used to go rococo a bit working solo, but much more working together. We're actually pretty good at editing and culling. We often get a better result when we have to subtract. It's like knowing a road better when you've driven it in both directions.
To restraint dry, we covered with no-see-'um mesh and buried it under pebbles from the garden store. The piece is handmade pigmented cotton sheets and is about 4' x 7' in its final form.
The last 2 photos show the piece standing alone and as part of Dancing Planes 2017, which we showed in Meaningless and Sure in February and March .