"Para muestra basta un boton" is a saying in Spanish that can be translated as "You may know by the handful the whole sack" And as I was thinking about buttons this week (a topic that was suggested by someone else) this saying kept coming to my mind again and again until it all made sense. These pieces of art I'm leaving are a little sample of the work I do, a little handful of the sack that is my art, also this week was so difficult for me to make something with all my stuff packed away that it took some determination to make something and not quit the project. So in a way this is a statement to not quiting!
I tried something really different this week, a little assemblage box with an altoids tin box that I painted (I dug out some things to work with, here's a picture of what I used for this project , just one bottle of cream colored paint, one brush, a Mexican cien pesos bill (from 1981) and some buttons. The buttons are all sewn to the paper and I loved to alter this cien pesos bill, these were around when I was growing up and cien pesos was a lot of money back in 1981 so to me they are really valuable because of my memories of being a kid and having 100 pesos. I would feel more than rich, I would feel I could buy anything in the world...
I painted the altoids tin box and wrote "Para muestra basta un boton" on the outside, and on the inside there's a note I wrote explaining what this box means.
And how with this box there are two people that don't know each other but are connected by it and by the message of not giving up on your projects.
I'm thinking of interesting places to leave this, and I'm still not sure what I'll do, I've thought about putting it in someone's grocery cart in the supermarket or leaving it in a parked car's windshield, or even taped to a lamp post, I don't know yet but I will definitely keep you posted!
thanks for reading.
Go see Kathy LaRocco's contribution for the projet this week, "Red eye" the textures and layers are really interesting!