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Apologies for the long delay in posting. I am working on a deadline (or a drop dead date as some would say) with time restrictions. Normally not a problem, but I’ve got something called a day job that can get a bit in the way. Even so I prevail and will conquer!

Since the last post where I shared my reaction to excitement I have begun working on a piano. I was given an upright piano to work on. Well it wasn’t given to me, it is in a studio location where I get to work (during specific times) on it. I happily would have taken any of the pianos and am still super excited about this project. It is coming out fantastically. Not exactly as I planned, for nothing does, but possibly better. I am using vintage music books (bought online), shredding the pages inside of them (which my mother cringed at the thought), and am applying them to the piano. Oh and I primed and painted the piano first. Why? The primer and paint were free, I hadn’t ordered the music books yet, and as a former piano painter said it is a good way to get to know your piano.

When it is done it will be on display in NYC (will share location information when I find out!) for the first two weeks of June. So if you can play piano come out and if you cannot play piano come out to take a look and listen!

Here are some pictures of my progress so far.

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Today, February 21, 2013 is the official four year anniversary of my Tree being outside! Graciously my friend has allowed a paper tree to slowly decay back to nature the old fashion way. Or like anything in an episode of Hoarders. Although it may not be your typical rusty gold (American Pickers reference – can you tell what channels I watch on TV yet?) it is worth more than that to me.

2006 – I thought of the idea and shredded some paper

2007 – I put it all together and my Tree had it’s debut in an art show in Bloomfield, NJ

2008 – My Tree traveled for an art show in Jersey City, NJ

2009 – My Tree jumped off it’s three foot platform and got planted in Rockaway, NJ

2010 – Year 1 outside. It took seven months for the wind to knock down the top half of the trunk. Had a short move into a garden in the same yard.

2011- Year 2 outside. Moved out of the garden and next to a dog house in the same yard.

2012 – Year 3 outside. January 29 it fell. Started to flatten as the seasons passed.

2013 – Year 4 outside. The bark has totally disconnected from the base. Almost completely flat. Pictures below.

Inside the bark of my Tree

Inside the bark of my Tree

A view of the other side of my Tree

A view of the other side of my Tree

Closer view of base and bark of my Tree

Closer view of base and bark of my Tree

View of disconnected base of my Tree

View of disconnected base of my Tree

Aerial View of my Tree on 4 year anniversary.

Aerial View of my Tree on 4 year anniversary.

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While in the studio I pondered what to do. I had taken all of my paint out and fixed a sewing machine, but had no spool of thread. No painting. No sewing. Just lots of containers of glue. I looked around and wondered what I could do with all this glue. And how do old pieces of art work resurface unexpectedly behind furniture? Luckily I had a collage I made a few years back and started to play around with it. Gluing some old pieces back down (glue sticks have an adhesive life apparently).  Then I started shredding random scraps of paper I had dropped on the floor (gosh I love being able to make a mess on purpose and leaving it) and gluing them on to the collage in essence transforming the look of the piece and the meaning. If I didn’t have to have a day job to cover my rent I would have stayed all night working on it.

Below is a close up of a tiny section. I glued paper onto a section and covered it with more glue. Drawing with glue. The experiment part will be to see what it looks like next time I go to the studio.

Close up of glue on a collage being redone

Close up of glue on a collage being redone

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Last night I went to see Mark Lesseraux and The Citizens play (which I highly recommend for they are good musicians and great entertainers). I work with Mark and he came to my solo show back in September and bought a piece that he gave to a friend who had accompanied him to my show. After the gig last night I said hi to Mark and then started to meander my way to the exit. That’s when a women stopped me and said I was the artist of a piece she had just seen earlier that night at her friend’s apartment! Indeed I was. She told me about seeing my piece on her friend’s wall above antlers (bust or just the head of some animal taxidermy which made this all the more exciting for me, I must have seen too many episodes of Oddities) and her interpretation of the piece. Which I loved hearing about. And then her friend telling her what it was and pointing me out in the audience at the show. To know someone liked something I had made enough to buy it for someone who then displays it, and then to have another person like it enough to get excited and stop me to tell me! Well all I can say was this was a first for me and as soon as I got home I made some more art!

The piece I was stopped at a show and told by someone they really liked it!

The piece I was stopped at a show and told by someone they really liked it!

Continued painting after surprised by a fan of my work.

Continued painting after surprised by a fan of my work.

3" x 3" piece I started last night after Green Piece.

3″ x 3″ piece I started last night after Green Piece.

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Winter storm Nemo hit the north east last night and covered my Tree with snow. You can see in the picture below that a little of it is peeking out from beneath all that snow. Not even mother nature can stop the upcoming four year celebration! Stay tuned for in less then two weeks there will be a full update on the condition of my Tree. Slow recycling.

The brim of my Tree is peeking out beneath Nemo's snow.

The brim of my Tree is peeking out beneath Nemo’s snow.

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Continuing my letter series I wrote a letter to myself. This one as all of them is simple and direct. There is a PS that is inspired by what a friend posted on Facebook and is to be taken in the way lyrics to a Morrissey/The Smiths song would be. Not of loneliness, but of being alone, you are not.

Letter to Self

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Over this past weekend I went to visit my Tree. Surprising even too me it is still going. Getting smaller, yet holding on. Even the base still has some paper on it. Four more months and it will have been outside for four years! I think it will make it. Oh and when I stood up I came face to face with a bumble bee.  Luckily he was too busy on the flower to notice me.

 

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