Hello and welcome to my brain!
Today I have a piece of mixed media art to share with you that involves elements from three separate challenges. The concepts are: Chalkboard and Industrial, Freedom and Time Flies.
I'm incredibly late to the party for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags, like years late, but today I decided that I would see one through to the end, so let's begin with his January tag.
Above, you'll see the triple layered Industrial gears that turn the thoughts in the ol' noggin. To add a humorous twist, I folder embossed the gears with a cobweb folder, sort of to say, it's good to challenge yourself and blow out the cobwebs occasionally. I also have here my giant head, made by using the chalkboard method as described on the 12 Tags January challenge.
It seemed only logical that you can't have a giant head and no leg possessing structure just aimlessly floating in mid air. Therefore, it must traverse on the most likely piece of transportation...a unicycle, of course!
Now why on earth is there a small boy on a swing dangling from gears situated nearby a pair of ballerinas? Well, that little boy signifies the childlike state of the mind. Curiosity, creativity, silliness, innocence and playfulness. All of these traits are fond memories generated when the adult mind's gears begin to turn. They are what I hope the brain remembers to never forget.
The ballerinas are there to represent the ability to help the mind think differently, or to recapture those feelings or to relearn that which may have been lost or forgotten. One ballerina has been given wings to raise his partner up so that she may turn the gears in the opposite direction. This allows for big head here to start to see things in a new way or recall back when....
Here you'll see the gears again as well as windmills, clocks and piano keys. For me this signifies the never ending process of thinking. It's constantly churning out ideas, thoughts, concepts, goals, inspirations, enjoyment, emotions and freedoms beyond the realm of the body.
A few closeups of the big head and inner child.
This particular sentiment was borrowed directly from Tim's blog post and I thought it fit perfectly on my project.
And here's a little side view...
Here are the three challenges that this project was made specifically for:
Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of January (Chalkboard and Industrial Technique), The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge -Time Flies (The effects of aging and maturing and how the mind evolves from childhood
to adulthood and how that can change our perceptions and creativity),
Mixed Media Place - Freedom (The unicycle is symbolic of movement as is the swing. The wings are to reflect the ability to leave the confines of the ground, and the mind is most significant because it breaks all barriers and restraints. The mind can be your most freeing aspect.)
Thank you SO very much for stopping in for a visit.
I appreciate that and YOU!
Hugs and Happy Creating,