Underneath It All

Steadfast each wallcovering watched over a generation that lived, laughed, loved. Seconds into hours, days into years. Time passing would change the paper, as it would their lives.

Wallpaper from the past/Oil/Canvas
36 x 36 x 2 1/2

This project took a long time, separating the papers was difficult. It was difficult and rewarding simultaneously. It is the last of saved paper from a home in my past. The past is powerful. It should not be forgotten, nor lived in.

~ by artveronica on January 19, 2021.

11 Responses to “Underneath It All”

  1. Why the (expletive) did this not show up in my Reading list?!!!! This is great!!

    Stupid WordPress Reader function. I could have been repeatedly viewing this for weeks and weeks. Your knack for minimalism means you can really do a great job with that whole “beauty of decay” aesthetic, the “mono-no-aware” feeling they talk about in Japan.

    Really, really, really REALLY great job. 11 out of 10 stars.

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  2. Also, great conceptual tie-in; so much to think about and consider. Now that I am over 50, this kind of thing has so many salient emotional implications it is impossible to like this work too much!

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    • Daniel, thank you for your comments.
      For a lot of reasons, this took forever to complete. Getting that paper unglued from each other without destroying everything required a lot of patience. Not my biggest strength. Then as crazy as is would seem, I may have been picking up on some leftover energy. At any rate, it is complete. The photo does not even come close to capturing it all.
      Appreciate your thoughts always and enjoy your posts, Many I revisit often.

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      • Whatever amount of time it took, whatever power remains, it was so worth it. You have great instinct(s) for this kind of creative work. It seems easy to those who don’t create art, but it is so difficult when choosing materials, shape, the age, patina, and so on. It only looks easy in hindsight when it is done perfectly, so this is a major achievement; to make it look so flawlessly “ordinary”. I once passed the decaying wall of an old abandoned Chinese opera house in a forgotten corner of Beijing. The barely noticeable, faded and decayed painting on the side is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, and only nature could produce something that flawlessly de-composed, with such mono-no-aware.

        I use the word “de-composed” with a hyphen specifically to focus on the dismantled or “un-composed” quality rather than the rotting feeling that “decomposed” implies. How you both composed this new work and un-composed the materials from their previous context is… pardon my language… a f**king miracle.

        You, ma’am, are beyond great at this…

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      • It is true Daniel, how time makes some things so incredibly beautiful. Thank you

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  3. It is one of the great powers we can wield as artists.

    In Japan an old calligraphy brush is prized for its tattered bristles, as it will mark the page in such a way as to contain “hihaku”: blank, parallel gaps in its brushstrokes created by bristle asymmetries, (especially in an old brush) which are thus mentally “filled in” by one’s psychological anticipation of closure. It is only natural for things to decay and fall apart, so this brush is displaying mono-no-aware by both looking and “acting” decrepit in a natural way. So when you see Japanese calligraphy, the irregularities and asymmetries in the strokes are highly prized if they are the spontaneous product of chance in an old brush; very profound markers of of mono-no-aware. This idea originated in Chinese painting as “fei-pai” (‘flying white’) – the natural flaws of a brush whose ink is drying out as the artist is painting.

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  4. I am VERY eagerly awaiting the sequel to “Underneath It All”. You are on to something…

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  5. Layers of wallpaper as a metaphor for lives lived, a great concept, we often paper over the bits we want to forget, instead of learning from our past.


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