On Imbolc, February 1, I started a project I can’t finish until there are warm, sunny days.
It had been cold and grey for approximately ten million days in Berlin at that point, and it continued to be grey, plus snow and much, much colder. I wanted to make a project that celebrates Spring and green things growing – and I wanted to use UV resin.
However, the UV resin curing-on-the-fly technique I’ve developed requires bright sunlight.
Basically, it only works from April to October in Germany. Much like Vitamin D production! The opalescent Angelina Fantasy Film I glued and melted onto a beaded floral and craft wire armature will be embellished by drips and drizzles and spikes of colored UV resin.
Once I had the bead armatures and Angelina Film structure built, I glued on ombre and iridescent beads and peals.
Then, there wasn’t anything else I could do! So I put the two layers of crown armature and other materials I’ll need in what I call a project kit (usually on a paper plate!), and set them aside until Spring. Trusting that Spring will come, trusting that I’ll be here to see it.
An act of faith.
This is my UV resin and Angelina Fantasy Film materials box.
Sourced from all over the world, and all neatly organized, ready for the sunny days!
Some other UV resin and Angelina Fantasy Film projects:
Midori had an ingenious and wonderful interactive piece designed for this show.
She placed her gold-painted face on screen, then invited the audience to draw on her, using the annotation function of Zoom! I think absolutely no-one in the audience knew this function existed, but it was easy to use and everyone was almost instantly engaging with Midori’s face, drawing and stamping and writing.
I was absolutely thrilled by the way the lines criss-crossing the screen created a virtual through-line to so many of Midori’s works involving webs of rope.
I drew Midori as I saw her in the Zoom audience, her beautiful face one I know so well.
Then once I scanned the drawing (original below), I used my very limited and crude digital art skills to replicate some of the words and motifs from the performance. It was so fun to engage with one of my own drawings, such a serious matter always for me, in a spirit of play.
This to me is the essence of Midori as a sexuality educator: her ability to create a space for play.
I try to go loose and weird, looking for the feel of the performance more than the specific movements. JasLin made marvelous use of words, movement, a circular mirror, a croptop red kimono and tube socks. You can see more of their performances here on Youtube!
Ibuki Kuramochi created a new piece called Blood Bowl Sutra.
it was powerful and hypnotic. Ibuki Kuramochi is here on Insta and website here. I was astonished, when I went to Ibuki’s website, to see the cover image was very much like my drawing! I like it best when I see the performer as they want me to see them.
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