You can make art from anything
It dawned on me to paint on cardboard food packaging.
I love it.
What’s not to enjoy?
You’re recycling, if not upcycling, your ordinary dry goods boxes – objects you take for granted; that you might not normally notice.
You have a ready-made painting surface. Just add white acrylic paint and maybe some tissue.
You have irregular shapes and edges. Very fitting for this strange, strange world we inhabit. I’ve always nudged and butted against the perfect, symmetrical, 2-D art rectangle.
Who says it should be so?
You have readymade wordy backgrounds without having to do the actual collage.
You can ponder the object of the flattened box itself – its design – the approach to advertising; what qualities of the product are emphasised. You are making a creative deconstruction – a meditation on consumerism.
Weet Bix cereal, Dilmah tea, Rainbow Chai, tacos, alfoil, a polka-dot tissue box.
Most of these pieces
emerged during phone or Zoom conversations.
They are a small selection.
None of them is finished.
I am not sure yet whether to attach them to sticks to hang them, or to stitch them onto fabric, or umm to glue them to actual canvas. I’m not sure whether to combine some of them – kind of reconstructing the cartons.
What do you think?
with love, art and soul