Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"The Things We Leave Behind"

"The Things We Leave Behind"
Mixed media assemblage, a collection of favorite things, flotsum and jetsum of a life lived.

Wikipedia describes "jetsam" as things that have been voluntarily cast into the sea by the crew of a ship, usually in order to lighten it in an emergency; while "flotsam" are goods that are floating on the water without having been thrown in deliberately, often after a shipwreck.

Either way, as we make our way through life, there are many things we touch and hold dear.  A doll, a marble, a ball . . . .  Eventually, some are cast away, having served their purpose, and are rendered useless, while others are somehow lost and forever missed.



  1. I'm in LOVE. I never thought of putting all those disparate items together and justifying them in the way you just did. Pretty AWESOME!!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth! when you stop by and leave me a comment, you always make me feel like i am doing something right.
      i realize not all of the work we do as artists can be a home run, but i feel that if our work brings a on smile or evokes a fond feeling or memory to even one viewer, then it is all worth it.

  2. j'aime la différence entre le recto et le verso!

  3. Bonjour Rébéca,
    C'est Elfi qui me fait venir ici, et ton expression sur les pieds fatigués ! très drôle.
    J'aime beaucoup cette " compilation " d'objets qui me fait un peu penseur au sculpteur Français, César.
    Cette sculpture peut-être contemplée à l'infini et mes idées s'enchainent sur les différentes vies qu'ont pu avoir ces objets.
    J'aime beaucoup.
    Je te salue depuis la France.

  4. Hi Rebeca!
    I love this...I know I haven't sent my 'flotsam and jetsom' to you, but I will....not to worry. I'll aim for at least the end of the month. Keep brightening up the world w/ you clever heart-felt art.

  5. I love your assemblage art piece. It makes me keep wanting to look at it again and each time it seems different.

  6. I like it. It's a unique one of a kind piece with sentimental value. Thanks for sharing

  7. My brother passed away several years ago and I was looking at the paltry sum of his worldly goods and have nothing but junk drawer items. To him it meant a lot, to me it is a mish-mash of items. Now I know what to do with the stuff and create a melange to hang in my spare bedroom, which he visited often.

  8. I finally read your question on my Sunday blog post. With my computer woes, it's been quite hit and miss lately. Yes, polymer clay fumes are toxic, especially while it is baking. That's why you must either completely cover your polymer clay if you bake it in a conventional oven (one you actually cook in), OR clean that oven immediately after baking the clay.

    The industry that sets standards for art supplies (I can't think of the name at the moment) claims the polyclay industry is not being as forthcoming with their own tests, especially when it comes to children using this clay. The standards people cite instances where children have gotten sick from placing their fingers in their mouths while playing with unbaked clay. That's why I say if you are going to use it in your art, keep it in your studio. If you want to cook with it, leave it in your kitchen and buy something else for your studio. Thanks for asking.

  9. Wow. You have put together so many seemingly disparate objects into such a seamless assemblage!

  10. The Things We Leave behind ..... food for thought and an assemblage that holds my attention while studying each and every little object.