When is painting finished? A form complete? Since I am using my “scraps” to form new pieces, I feel a bit more… able… to cut them up and reassess if I feel it necessary. It isn’t that I don’t find these pieces ‘precious.’ Far from it, actually. I am holding on to their spare parts and giving new life to them. Life. Death. Rebirth. With this particular piece I felt like I went too far and became disconnected with the form. The combination of that feeling, reading/researching, and writing about this work lead me to dismantle the piece. I decided I liked it better a few “stages” back. And now, I’ve begun to see that these objects are (will be) actually complete in the photo, with the shadows.
And what happened to the little tidbits I cut off? They are actually now part of objects similar to this one.