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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I have Slain the Dragon and Absorbed his Soul

 I am totally obsessed with Skyrim, I played for four hours last night. Gerry was shooting a ball game and TV programming sucks, so I am now a video game junkie :)
It's not keeping me from my work though. I do have some sense of responsibility and self control, not much, but enough to go out to the studio every day and work. This week I am working on Gena's family project.
 Here are the results of the first two I made, didn't like them, so they went back to the bucket. I don't know why, but this was always the hardest thing for me to get my students to do. Give up the bad shit and just start over, it is so much easier to do it again than continue to fight with a piece that does not want to exist.
 I've been dancing with the spirits this week. Spending time with the memories of a family I do not know has been bringing up my own memories and ghosts. I hold these pieces of another time and place in my hand, I think about the memories this place holds, and I am reminded so much of my own grandparents house and the many special times I shared there with my own family. And then there is the ever present ghost of my dad. He has been a strong presence in my studio this week. I feel something stirring in these houses I'm making. I want them to include more and more histories of the past.....
Here is the house for Gena's grandmother. I am so in love with this piece!
Is it my imagination or are there a lot of house forms popping up on blogs lately?
Ignore everybody, just work, ignore everybody, just work, ignore everybody, just work.........

10 comments:

Dennis Allen said...

Ignore this and go back to work.

Anna M. Branner said...

I have a falling down log cabin I made with clay in college. So I really think it waxes and wanes like anything else.....

Hollis Engley said...

When you get a chance, come on up here. We have sone dragons to be slain.

Tracey Broome said...

Cape Cod dragons? Oh boy!!!

cookingwithgas said...

Hi TB- you can't ignore me!
And if you are going to the Cape I want to go. Wouldn't you love a cup of coffee with Hollis and Dee?

I am walking with ghost today as well. I so understand what you are talking about. Today my bread machine quit working- I got it in 1994 after my father died.
I was thinking about Louise and it was a flood of memories of when she was younger,her laugh,her smile,the things she loved. It was good stuff.
So walking with ghost can be good.
I love that you find a way to use what is given to you in such a fitting way- it works.
Your friend, Hugs Galore.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Meredith, yeah I sort of like my ghosts and yes you ARE my friend. Glad you have those happy memories to live with.....xo

Melissa Rohrer said...

For some reason, this project you're working on keeps making me think of a photo taken in 1924 of my husband's grandparents on the boat they came over from Germany on. They are holding the hands of a couple of toddlers. One of the toddlers is Ivin's dad.

Tracey Broome said...

Wow Melissa what a treasure to have that photo! Isn't it great to look back at family history?!

Lori Buff said...

It seems a lot of us are walking with ghosts lately. It feels good to be at peace with my ghosts.

jimgottuso said...

hey tracey, that's a really nice house with a really nice finial. ignore everybody, just work... i'm with you there.