Picking Up the Pieces

Posted on: December 7th, 2010 by jmbroekman 2 Comments
Picking up the Pieces, Number 62


There must be something about the December darkness that inspires me to clean up. About a year ago I was finally fed up with not being able to find tools on my desk, so I started the “Picking up the Pieces” series – a recent addition, No. 62 is at left. The rule (or game, depending on how you look at it) was that I could use only the scraps on my table – no looking in the scrap drawer, or cutting up work on the walls – just use the already existing plethora of material on my desk. Within a month I’d covered a 4 by 6 foot area on one wall with collages, and the remaining scraps were so tiny as to be virtually dust.

I am again trying to make room in my flat files for new work and in the process am discovering all kinds of old work that is begging to be destroyed, cut up, thrown in a fire, or somehow reconfigured. Not only is my table completely covered with scraps, but so is just about the entire floor in my studio. My table, however, is once again piled too deep, so I guess it’s time to institute the table-only scrap rule until I can find it’s surface. Then I’ll attack the floor!

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2 Responses

  1. Giovanna says:

    Dear Jessyca,
    I wish I had your problem of picking up the pieces.. I wish I could pick up Art scraps myself.
    Unfortunately, dust and crumbs are the only things I can pick up on my floor…. it’s a long, long way to become an artist… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • jmbroekman says:

      Dear Giovanna:
      Maybe I will send you some scraps to put on your floor; then you can pick them up and arrange them in whatever manner you like. Voila sara un’artista.