Friday, 1 May 2009

Reveal day of the Disintegration.......






Oops. I jumped the gun.

There is always one isn't there? The one who always rushes forward and does everything at breakneck speed, without paying any regard for what it is that she is 'supposed' to be doing. The one who then has to put up her hand and apologise for getting it wrong because she was too eager to listen properly to start with. I see my behaviour has changed little from being a wee girl then! I have always been a pressie-squeezer and I even list it as one of my hobbies, so it is no wonder then that I went and opened up my bundles for this Disintegration Collaboration that Seth has been running over on his The Altered Page blog. I can hear Michael Caine saying ' you were only supposed to blow the ' yada,yada, yada..... only in my case, I was 'only supposed to photo' my bundles today and not open them. Ho hum! 

Ugh! And a grotty ol' business it was too. One thing I noticed straight away was the bundle I half-buried came out relatively unscathed and still whole; I had thought this one would be alot soggier and eaten away but it looks pretty much the same as when it went in. The bundle that I hung up for Mother Nature to do her best on, had gone true to form and had almost disintegrated away in one corner. We have had some fairly fierce weather here at times so that was no shock, infact I had to rehang it twice over the months due to the wind trying to liberate it. As you can see from the photos in this bundle almost everything has changed state, with two noticeable exceptions. Firstly and foremost, the Teddy made it! It may look a little grubbier, but thanks to the wholly melted wash powder tablets he smells lovely. The second one is quite bizarre and I think maybe science should find an alternate use for this material- check out the gluten free fruit loaf! Apart from the fact I tore the foodstuff as I opened the wrapping up, it is virtually indistinguishable from when it first went in. Earthquake-proof housing could be made from this material or soft play areas for children springs to mind too. A wonder stuff no less- as long as you don't have to eat it.

And can you see the little visitor to the bundle? I was happily snapping away when this small beetle showed himself. He is now safely back in the garden living off what he should be rather than that which I provided. Seems like everyone wants to join in with Seth's fantastic collaborative effort!

11 comments:

lyle said...

your weather must get wild! the gluten free takes the "cake" so much for healthy eating. maybe we should try a few more things that are " good for you ' to see if they are eternal! now rewrap the packages to hang for a while more! lyle

~Babs said...

mmmmmmmm,,,,
chocolate, caramel, coconut,,
and beetle.
Doesn't get much better, huh?

Fascinating, this disintigration project,,,and as to how huge the whole thing got!

Serena said...

Welcome Lyle, and thank you for your comments! I also think we should begin searching for other eternal foodstuffs- starting with chocolate!! And lots of it! :o)

Serena said...

Yummy Babs.... Beetle... oooh! Soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside!!
This did get big- I'm not sure I would have the nous or energy to nurse a huge project like this myself, but Seth has succeeded. I much prefer the joining in than the managing, so fair play!

Ginny Gaskill said...

You really got some great disintegration going. Some of it really looked strange. It will be interesting to see what you do with it.

Serena said...

Hello Ginny and thank you for commenting. One off the bundles has almost totally decomposed- not much hope for it! But we'll see what happens to the other!

Norma Pugh said...

Yuk! Prefer your paintings!!!! Love Mems and Peps

SerenArts said...

LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!! Now come on Mems and Peps, say what you really mean!!!!!
Truly grotty heh! I haven't seen this sort of gloop since leaving plates under my bed as a horrible teenager!! Ha! You've made my day!! Lots of lovexxxxxx

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I love the way you have combined such different materials into a bundle of very interesting design elements. I love the way you have expressed yourself about the unveiling of this disintegration. Will you use the food ingredients in the next process...integration? I can hardly wait. Imagine and live in Peace, Mary Helen

Serena said...

Welcome Mary Helen- thank you for taking time to drop by with your kind comments. Seth has certainly awoken our imaginations- here's to what follows! :o)

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

WooHoo! I am amazed at the generosity of our fellow artists and can hardly wait for August 1st to see what will be given to each of us from a united divine muse. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen