Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Destruction!

We're tearing down the old studio! It is so exciting! Like archaeology, only more destructive. Some of the layers go back to the late 70s!

Back in the early 90s, after the new studio became active, the old one went from being a guest house to a storage bin - that was the beginning of the end. In no time it looked like the upstairs in The Old House. (My dad's homeplace - which began to reappear in The Secret Commonwealth at about that time.)

Amidst the flotsam and jetsom of my past life I found the essential clue I need to begin creating something new. Thrilled - that would be my mood.







12 comments:

Cathy said...

Creative destruction! [name that economist]

Young Alf looks thrilled too.

Where is/was the old studio??

Dan Dutton said...

If you look directly south from the new studio porch - you'd see it, or rather, you'd see it coming down.

We've discovered some things about Alf - he is a thief & fetishist (gloves, socks, underwear, fur...) he "uses" the purloined matter in his nest - which is enormous now - so it could be he's part magpie.

I can't wait to tell you about the fabulous thing(s) I've found... one thing in particular which utterly boggles me - since I don't remember ever having seen it & it is such a fantastic clue that I really cannot understand why, if I had seen it, I could possibly forget it. Well I've seen it now!

Apifera Farm said...

er...storage bin?

Now creating 3 dimensionally is a project indeed! I wish I had an extra area like that to use just for the crop/lavender.

You can make giant sculptures out of found objects and then long after we're all gone will be on antique roadshow. That's a fun game I play with Martyn, we pretend it's 50-100 years from now, and Antique Roadshow is till on the air and someone comes in with a box load of art with my name on the back and they have to decide if it's valuable.In so doing, they fill in the blanks of the remainder of my career.

Apifera Farm said...

And what godly creatures are you finding in the insulation...?

Cathy said...

Katherine's comment about found objects reminds me that I really need to send you that melted bowl.

Dan Dutton said...

Godly or ungodly? Surprisingly nothing living has emerged - (tho we did step in a yellowjacket nest nearby) - I think that all the creatures that lived with me in the old studio moved to the new one as soon as it was ready. There was a colony of flying squirrels & they all moved the day I did.

William said...

You didn't say why the deconstruction.

And where the hell have you been?

Dan Dutton said...

Oh no particular reason for the deconstruction/destruction - random acts of randomness. (Dave wanted some boards to build a chicken house with - that's what my shrine will become.)

I've been pupating I guess - mysterious barricades are thrown up like beaver dams to block my creative flow. I think once the old studio is gone I'll be able to think again.

Apifera Farm said...

do a fennel cleansing dance.

Nancy said...

M&MasDavid here.

Just to clarify the reasons for the old studio work.

The most immediate use of the old studio wood is a chicken coop that needs to be made by next week for 50 coming chicks. The remaining wood will go to other projects like equipment sheds and animal shelters.

But the ultimate reason for the demolition is that the old studio is partially collapsed and long abandoned. It stank of mold and was full, very full, of junk mingled with some stored stuff of value. We were able to save treasures and I will save the good wood. Eventually, the danger of working on it would have out-weighed the rewards.

Danny has pulled back from complete destruction with the new idea of keeping the loft section of the building which will be relatively easy to keep. It will be something like an open loft (don't peek in my) gazebo in an inviting large rock ledge area long abandoned with the scary, smelly old studio.

Pig and Peaches said...

I'm thrilled that pieces of the old studio will be reassembled to make new and useful structures.

It reminds me of something that my uncle Madison, (whom I adored) told me about wild boars, on the last trip I took with him - when I drove him back to his house in Tennessee just before he died. I asked him if he'd ever seen any boar sign in the woods (he was a hunter) & he said yes, he had. I told him that I had heard that they really tore up the forest & he said, yes that they did tear up a lot - but, he said, "that is how nature renews itself."

Pig and Peaches said...

I'm thrilled that pieces of the old studio will be reassembled to make new and useful structures.

It reminds me of something that my uncle Madison, (whom I adored) told me about wild boars, on the last trip I took with him - when I drove him back to his house in Tennessee just before he died. I asked him if he'd ever seen any boar sign in the woods (he was a hunter) & he said yes, he had. I told him that I had heard that they really tore up the forest & he said, yes that they did tear up a lot - but, he said, "that is how nature renews itself."