Wednesday, February 11, 2009


these are the beginning photos of my piece inspired by seth apter's disintegration collaboration.

the idea is to put paper outside to weather and on May 1 we'll all see what we end up with. there are some very cool pieces, visit seth's blog and check the sidebar to see them.

as i was looking through what the other artists had done, i was struck by a reference to prayer flags, and i liked some rolls that another artist did. when i was in japan, i remember prayers tied to trees so that the message could be carried with the wind.

so i made these rolls with a prayer inside for the upcoming year. there are several layers of paper- some have colored tissue paper which will hopefully bleed onto the other pieces. prayers or words are written in ink which may run. some of the paper is absorbent, some is not.

when i finished this i noticed that i have many 3s going on here- 3 tubes, 3 twigs, 3 shells. there is 1 large folded paper and there are 2 large glass beads. this is an elementary structure.

i looked for the meaning of the number 3 and found this: The third dimension - we do things in threes so they will manifest in our physical realm. Three is the heavenly number, representing soul.

i like the idea that having 3 prayers helps them manifest. i like having my prayers out in the world. i look forward to seeing what i have in 3 months.


Seth said...

What a wonderful bundle! I am so happy you decided to be part of this project. Looking forward to seeing what your 3s look like on May 1!

marianne said...

thank you seth- i'm so happy i found the project- thanks for the inspiration!

Marilyn said...

Marianne, I love these. Interesting note about the number 3 and the third dimension. I'll be back to see what happened with these.

marianne said...

thanks marilyn- it's funny how things come togethr sometimes, isn't it? i didn't know any of that about 3 until after the piece was done. i look forward to using the paper in future projects-

Corrine said...

Lovely baundles and they look fantastic hanging up too.

Gayle said...

This is a fascinating project and I can't wait to see what comes of it. I had a professor in college who created a series of artwork by arranging metal on canvas and paper outside and letting it rust into patterns for months at a time--an intriguing concept.

Laurie said...

I love these. I kinda hate for you to undo them, they look so pretty this way.

P.S. Sorry I've been so absent lately -- things are still crazy in my world. Makes me happy to catch up on your blog and see how you've been keeping busy with your art and travels. I hope next time you head to the southwest that New Mexico is one of the destinations. We're kinda out here in the middle of nowhere (it's kind of a pretty nowhere tho) but we have lots of room in the inn and it would be fun if you want to stay with us and explore the area a bit and do some creative experimentation. :)

Susan Sager Brown said...

Very cool, marianne. I wanna play!! Gonna hop on the disintegration bandwagon!

rachel whetzel said...

I love your prayer flag/windchime feel!! Can't wait to see it at the end of it all!!