Saturday, June 13, 2009

International Fluxhibition #3

Voila! My completed piece for the International Fluxhibition #3. The name of the piece is Amus-i-Kit. It satisfies all the elements of Fluxus art - wordplay, fun, the use of common and found objects, a kit with instructions. And, its subject is music, a common theme in Fluxus. If you checked out the links in my last post, you might have noted a famous Fluxus music composition was Drip Music. John Cage is one of the most notable Fluxus composers.
Here is the Amus-i-Kit instruction sheet so you will know how to play all the "instruments." It is folded up in The Sound of Silence compartment. After I make the member of the audience sit back down in his seat, all will be in the mail to Texas on Monday.

And here is an update on the lovely bush in the park. More pods have developed. Though it has occurred to me that they are really fruit. This time I concentrated only on the fruit because I just love the colors.

Off to make a needle felted pig for my friend, Lenore, whose birthday it is tomorrow. She loves pigs; so a pig it is. Oink. Snort. Snuffle, snuffle. Then I have to work on some pages for Jackie's RR book which I recently received from Jane in the UK. My RR book is currently in Thailand!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The delight is in the details

As promised - though a tad late - here is our lovely park bush. Imagine my surprise when I came upon her expecting to see more flowers and found them all gone in the space of a mere 3 weeks. Well, I guess a plant's life is a fast one. Kind of like a mouse? Or a butterfly? But look carefully. See the little green things? I don't really know what they are, but I'm guessing they could be pods. Her leaves have changed from bright dark green to an almost teal duskiness. And I really like the little mauve stubs left after the blossoms. I will be very interesting to see her next stage. I still think she is still just lovely. Don't you?

This is proving to be a valuable lesson in really seeing what I am looking at. The bush represents what most of us do every day when we look at our environment and the things that are in it. We tend see it all as a whole. But if we take the time to really be with the some of the things in it, we can be amazed at all the beauty that exists there. We have so many opportunities for wonder and delight in the most mundane things, but fail to see them being so casually focused on the big picture. You know the expression, "The devil is in the details?" Well, I think the delight is in the details.