Art and Memory #5

I've been feeling uninspired lately, so when that happens I usually look around the house for objects to spark my creativity. It's also been a while since the last Art and Memory, so today I have a few really special pieces to share with you. Here they are with the stories behind them. Hope you are having a lovely week!

I have already briefly written about these Ceramic Funnels that sit on our mantel. But I wanted to show them to you again because I find them to be so lovely. Every time I look at them I'm reminded of that day I found them at the Brimfield Flea Market. I would go every year in September and on this particular trip I was on the hunt for these lovely sculptural funnels. One of them has a chip and dirt (probably chemicals) stuck to it but I love it anyway and I love how the pair make great book ends. I find the story behind who makes them also very interesting. Read about it here.

This Indian Block Print is another Brimfield find. But this piece always reminds me of that one time I tried to make block print fabric and realized how very hard it is! I never fully cleaned the block of the pink paint I was using but love it more because of it. Now it hangs in the guestroom as art. I love how it pops off the wall giving it depth. It's also unexpected used this way.

This unframed bullfight poster brings me all the way back to 1994! I was spending the summer in Portugal that year probably with my grandmother and I remember someone in the street handing me this poster. I never did go to that bullfight, but I loved the poster so much I've kept it all these years. It currently lives in the top drawer of the guestroom nightstand with a few other curiosities you can see through the class top. I feel like they don't make things like this anymore and I'm so glad I held on to this one.

This is one of my own experimental works of art. It's a board covered with a paper like substance built up to form a convex bulge. It then has a slot where ball bearings spill out. This piece had a partner piece with a concave bulge, but that one was ruined somehow over the years. I made this piece during a time when I was spending a lot of time on making art and loving it. They were meant to be a male/female abstraction...with a bit of sexual undertones perhaps. Hmmm...not sure that came across but I love how it's monochromatic and subtle. You really have to look at it to see the details. 

This is a Portuguese movie poster of an American movie. It's from way back when. It was gifted to me a few years back by family friends that reside in Portugal. I love how movie posters were made then. There is an actual still black and white photograph of a scene from the movie attached to the poster! I love the bright technicolor and how it's a bit tattered around the edges. 

I hope you enjoyed Art and Memory #5! Which is your favorite?