One of the projects I dedicated most of 2009 to was the Disintegration Collaboration - or DisCo for short! The idea was simple. I invited people to create an artistic bundle made from materials of their own choosing and “hang, bury, submerge, or just place” the bundle in the elements. This collaboration was to be with the ultimate partner…Mother Nature herself!
I have always been fascinated with the impact of time on both nature and man-made objects. For me, there is intrinsic beauty in evolution, in change, and even in decay. In my mind this relates to our own aging, to the value of recycling and repurposing, and to the recognition of the beauty of weathered and distressed objects – be they a rusty fence, a wall with peeling paint, or ourselves!
123 people placed bundles in nature. Four months later, 96 participants revealed the results on their blog. But there was more. As a means of symbolically reflecting the re-creation that often follows dis-integration in nature, more than 70 of the original participants created a new artwork using some or all of the disintegrated materials from their bundles. You can read about the project, see photos of select bundles, and click through the list of participants in this blog post.
So why am I talking about this project now? Because DisCo has been reDISCOvered! I am thrilled to be able to tell you that this project is currently featured in a 7-page spread in the May/June issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.
The article includes the full story behind DisCo, photos of many of the participating artists' bundles at all stages of the project, the reveal of the final artwork I made from my bundle (yep - I had never posted that on my blog), and step-by-step instructions for this project so you to can try this at home!
Stay tuned for several upcoming posts highlighting a readers' challenge that you can join as well as my own DisCo creation...
And thank you to all the amazing artists who have been part of this project and to Jenn Mason at CPS who has been in my corner since the beginning of DisCo.