Friday, 6 May 2011

ENAMEL MOTHS

So I have at last put together an object, this is feeling focused and less experimental.
The steel moths are spot welded together, I have sand blasted some of the enamel off and left


a few moths enamel free. But what would you put in the dome or is less more? I have decided to give a single enamelled moth to the person whose suggestion has possibilities. To make it fair I will pull names out of a hat. I will do the draw on Sunday 8th May at 8pm British summer time.

12 comments:

marigold jam said...

I think it's lovely as it is although those moths do look as if they are attracted to something - maybe a light of some sort - perhaps a candle?

Jane

Patricia G said...

I was going to suggest a light too, then the moths would create shadows.

gill said...

Great minds think alike!!
A light of some kind would be perfect!

Sue Brown said...

Mmmm interesting, you see I think they are escaping, fleeing from the dome...maybe I watch too much Docter Who?

keshling said...

How about one trapped inside but trying to get out to the others? Attached to the inside of the dome....

Menopausal musing said...

I would go for the "less is more"........ you see I think that the idea of them being attracted to light is already implanted in the viewer's brain...........

Wendy Rhodes said...

This may be confusing too many ideas, and I don't know if crows eat moths, but a crow, or a moth predator crouched in the base of the dome may provide a strong narrative...?
It is a beautiful object and the empty dome provides room for the viewers imagination, as all your responses are showing, so maybe that is the answer.
Wendy

Jane Housham said...

My thought was perhaps that you could spray the inside of the dome black so that the moths were flying out of darkness.

Gina said...

My immediate thought was light too but a single bare electric bulb.

Sharon McSwiney said...

Really like the idea of a single bare lightbulb & the painting black suggestion....A single brightly coloured moth specimen (red maybe) as a contrast to the muted colours perhaps?

Sarah said...

The moths are beautiful, maybe you don't need anything under the dome? It depends if you want to create a narative I suppose, pretty much any object would do that I think, the dome seperates it out and makes it 'special' doesn't it? My first thought too was a light...

ps just today I've been thinking about a print I want to make for an upcoming show, thinking about rooks and crows and dark black shapes (not as depressing as it sounds!) and I scrolled down on your blog and saw your beautiful prints (which I have admired for a long time from afar!) I'd never come across silk aquatint before and it sounds like an interesting idea. At work (I teach printmaking at Leeds College of Art) we use various tape and pva for colograph but never silk or acrylic so I'm definitely going to give it a go, thank you for the inspiration!

Printed Material said...

Lovely day yesterday and now I get to catch up with that post you were talking about and add my two pennyworth! Cathy is right, our brains are programmed for a light to be there, so that's what we read. Most traps use a mercury vapour light but I guess a pool of mercury is out of the question... no, toxic, you're right... and too obtuse. What about a gloworm or an alternative light source or a mirrored/silvered surface to the inside of the dome reflecting back the light? I know, I know.... rubbish ideas. So I don't get the moth then? L x