I keep meaning to share some shots of my work-in-progress for the Personal Histories project and I also keep avoiding it. Something is not quite in place yet. I am not talking about the physical elements in the work but rather about the heaps of ideas and emotions that the title stirred in me and that required a long, complicated process of clearing and sorting out. A bit like opening a path through a thick jungle.
Because, Robyn: What a title! I could cover the distance from Spain to Australia with pages from a book on my personal history. Fortunately, logic prevailed and I decided on a much more abbreviated version of the vertigo that can be anyone's life story. More to come on the subject when I finally decide to share those WIP shots with you all.
In the meantime, I've been creating some small works, most of them for my shop, and a few just for the fun of it. If you've read my previous post, you can guess that fun was a scarce commodity around here lately.
What I'm showing you here today are a few scanned images of the covers of a journal I decided to start. Being a serious and ordered girl, I started with the covers, of course. This is the stainy, rainy look of decoloured silk cloth on cardboard.
A light wash of acrylic ink on the corner because, as you already know, I can't leave well enough alone.
The journal has 22 sheets (that's 44 pages) with alternate sheets of tissue paper and, knowing me, it will be a long time before I finish it. Each page is 24.5 x 25 cms (9.7 x 9.9 inches) and the journal will be spiral bound.
This is the back cover (nothing really new here, I just felt like sharing it too) and this particular scan looks a bit oversaturated. The ochre-yellow colour of the other images is much closer to the real thing.
The initial idea is to record here many of the chaotic, half-forgotten moments and impressions of my personal history that cannot fit into my work for the project. There may be overwhelming moments ahead, believe me. I take memories very seriously. Let's see if I can sort through them with a sense of humour.
The covers are not finished though I may have to wait till after I've worked on some of the inside pages to get back to them. Some sort of title? An image maybe? Or a brutal tear on the silk? Expect anything. I do too.