Patti Edmon Altered Attic: Nest? Egg?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Nest? Egg?



This is the second of the five 3" x 3" canvases I did for the Art House Coop Project, the Visual Encyclopedia. It seems like it should be easy to render a word visually, but really, that's only if it's a noun, like bird or nest, a verb even. Once I got past the fact that they wasn't going to be an obvious solution, I started having fun with it. Anyone who has seen my larger collages, well, even my puzzle pieces will find this familiar. But the word is....
Unseen. 
It started out to be Protect, but when my friend Karin's cat passed away, that was the only one I could use for the angel/image of Zack/concept of Karin being watched over.
So, one of the eggs fell out of the nest and is unseen. And, come to think of it, so is mother bird... And, the tree that the nest is in.... getting literal can really be a problem. Thankfully I was quickly - and hurriedly - able to overcome that, the only way to get five done in two days... If you get a chance, click on the link and take a look at some of the submissions.
We did have a great 4th, and most of my photographs, aside from the after-the-8 a.m.-10K run brunch party that I started in the 90s and my friend Vicki took over in 2004, my photos are all a bit, well, unrelated to the 4th. Cruising around blogland, I saw amazingly creative representations, depictions and interpretations of the holiday and thankfulness for the freedoms we so often take for granted. Photos, pieces of art... poems that I would never have imagined using, but that were perfect just the same; I thought I'd save mine for later. I hope you all had a great weekend and are fully recovered. My bedtime is early, I can't go to a 9 a.m. breakfast, a 2 p.m. parade and make it through to fireworks, so I went to bed with visions of the elaborate fireworks bursting in the air. One of the advantages of living downtown:)

5 comments:

random notes said...

Love this piece Patti. Sounds like your holiday almost put you over the edge. Glad you had some time to do this collage... I really enjoy hearing about your activities in your area.Yay for you!

quiltchick said...

Fabulous interpretation of the word'unseen'Patti. It looks really great.

Karin Bartimole said...

Hi Patti, this is really a lovely rendering of the unseen. Even the reference to music - that lyrical quality is there but unseen and unheard - there's much one can imagine as they gaze upon this little treasure and allow to come up - unseen, unknown, unsure, but there beneath the surface...

katie jane said...

This is a pretty collage, and I can see that it would be difficult to do that word! You did far better than I would have. Glad you had a nice holiday.

Seth said...

Incredible texture here. Love your use of the old metal objects.

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