This is part of a separate post on MAKING CONNECTIONS – the link is here.
Look at the work of Louise Bourgeoise and Sue Lawty – both have used found objects but in different way.
Sue Lawty’s practice has evolved from traditional tapestry weaving to constructed pieces made from lead and now also delicate arrangements of stones found within the natural environment. I have a lovely book of hers outlining some of her work but for this section it is the use of the stones, the found items that I have looked at in particular.
“Calculus” – is a 2m x by 3m meter piece constructed from thousands of tiny stones, each smoothed by the sea and hand sorted to into size and shape. Calculus is the Latin word for small stone as well as the name of a branch of mathematics based, like Lawty’s work, on the sum of infinitesimal differences.
Sue Lawty has also devised a global art project called World Beach Project and is open to anyone wishing to take part. It’s about making a pattern, on any scale, on a beach or shoreline, only from the naturally occurring stones, then sharing that pattern with the online community through the V&A’s website.I would like to keep this in mind for the rare times that I visit a beach as I think it would be a terrific project to contribute towards. Rules are simple, requiring only three photographs: one of the finished piece, one of the work in context (so the whole beach), and one of the process – afterwards the design will be washed away but the visual impact created will become a permanent part of the online gallery on the V&A website as part of the World Beach ProjectThe link shows a short video explaining this project.
“Pink Days and Blue Days” – a sculpture made from found objects that hang from a ten-foot-tall steel armature. Louise Bourgeois included items of her childhood clothing which she hung from animal bones. A silk coat is embroidered with the nicknames that Bourgeois was given as a child: “Louise, Lise, Lison, Lisette, Louison, Louisette.” Each piece of clothing that Bourgeois saved had memories for the artist. The objects on the lowest part of the sculpture include a silk handkerchief and an empty perfume bottle.
Bourgeois’s work is very personal. When she was a child, her parents did not get along well. She said: “The piece refers to a period when my mother and father argued about who would put the best clothes on me.” The title of the work may suggest the traditional boy/girl colours of pink and blue or perhaps blue days are sad days and pink days are happy days.