Art House Co-op frequently has participatory art projects you can sign up for. Awhile back, I signed up for the Mystery Project. They sent me a theme, “If tomorrow came yesterday” and a marker; my job was to interpret the theme any way I wanted, then install the art in a public place for a stranger to find, and document it with a photograph.
Time and its passing is always on my mind, so that’s what I went with.
I tried to portray the emotion that comes with time flying and all that goes by so fast you can’t hold on to it. Ok, so maybe the tear was a bit too obvious, but I was placing drops of ink on the page and it just seemed to fit.
I took a little board book, sanded the pages, and covered them in gesso. Then I pasted pages from calendars, mathematical formulas (for figuring out how to stop time), pictures of watches, clockwork diagrams, and random papers. I added this little matchbox that I made months ago.
The months fly by —- Whoosh!
Do the shadows in my photos communicate the drama? Now I’m being glib. It must be the heat;)
I took the piece over to Gilgal Gardens to find a hiding place. There were people there; usually there aren’t many, so I had to be sneaky!
Then I remembered that I hadn’t photographed the inside of the matchbox.
There it is, that little yellow spot, over at the cave entrance.
It was a fun project. I procrastinated until the very last two days before it was due. It seems that procrastination is a constant self-improvement project that I’m working on. I have a list though of things I’ve been putting off, both fun and not-so-fun, and I am trying to check off an item a day. I can report that I am succeeding quite well with this checking off of my list:)
It turned hot here in Utah. Summer has arrived! I’m happy for that. What are you up to?