I will like to explain more about what Found Art means and how it works.
The term "Found-Art" is given to a piece of art or even something else, like a recipe, quote, good luck charms, etc. that gets left behind by the artist and found by someone else.
Artist Kerri Smith defines it this way:
"Guerilla art (or found art) is a fun and insidious way of sharing your vision with the world. It is a method of art making which entails leaving anonymous art pieces in public places. It can be done for a variety of reasons, to make a statement, to share your ideas, to send out good karma, or just for fun. My current fascination with it stems from a belief in the importance of making art without attachment to the outcome. To do something that has nothing to do with making money, or listening to the ego."
What struck a cord with me was the part of detaching yourself from the outcome, this means that you can let loose a little bit, experiment more, make art only for yourself and share it with someone who wasn't expecting it, don't do it for money, or worry about it defining you, just have fun.
This was the perfect outlet I've been looking for because I needed to focus in doing art only for the art, like I used to do when I started doing this.
I have been doing it on and off for a while but I wanted to be more consistent, so I decided to start doing it once a week, so every Tuesday I'll leave a small card somewhere and document the "mission" in my website. I am aware that not all who find the art will appreciate it or know what it's about, but it'll give them something to talk about and it'll definitely break their daily routine and maybe get them inspired to do something different. What if you were an artist who hasn't been painting or writing for a while and you found something like this, wouldn't you be inspired?
I definitely would be!
The idea of having other artists join me in doing the same theme or topic each week is also a way to keep ourselves motivated and interested by looking at different takes of the same topic by different artists and techniques, it's like having a weekly meeting where we share the art with like-minded people. And then releasing our creations into the world. You can even write your website or email address on it so that the person who finds it can look you up and maybe share what it meant for them to find it and close the circle that way.
So if you would like to participate with me, on Fridays check the topic for the week here. Once you have documented your piece and the place you left it, (bonus points for pictures!) in your website or blog, send me your link (before Tuesday if possible) and I will post it on my website in the FoundArt-Tuesdays section, that way we can see all the links of the people who participated in one place.
You can learn more about found art in this website:
Other sites with interesting projects