Experiments with Paint and Junk, part 1
Deidre Ogilvie describes the joy of playing with junk
As part of the Creativity Cluster group’s joint experimental works, I spent one afternoon with Nancy Lane at River Studios. We worked with her junk (found objects) and Pébéo Deco paints that I had recently won in an Eckersley’s Art & Craft competition.
Nancy’s studio is like an Aladdin’s cave of ‘things’ that have come from our Melbourne city streets.
I selected as my bases a metal piece of junk (no idea of its original use) and a piece of glass which had been a window cover for something (again, no idea what).
Objet Trouvé Garden
Firstly, what I have called Objet Trouvé Garden was the piece of glass, on which I painted a public garden. It could be any one of our beautiful city gardens.
To this I added parts of a broken bracelet as flowers, and several pieces of junk to represent sculptures, statues and ornaments. These can also be found all over our city gardens.
The Pumpkin Patch
Secondly, on the piece of metal I painted Pumpkin Patch in yellow and orange. I am sure somebody has a roof top garden and grows pumpkins in our city.
To this I added metal brush bristles, pebbles, timber chips and other bits. Collectively, these represent a garden fence. I am not sure it would keep out the local possums, but who knows?
On both works I sprayed a glaze. This was to give them a sheen and to enhance the colours.
A dangly good luck brooch
Thirdly, there was a small brooch.
Good luck charms come in all shapes and sizes. This one emerged from Nancy’s junk as a fun piece of jewellery. It may not be obvious, but it’s to be worn on the days you just need a little extra luck.