This bottle has sat on my studio shelf for months with just an image of the ocean inside, waiting…. Today I finally picked it up, literally dusted it off, and began to form it into the piece you see here. I layered sheet music and a handwritten text about the music of the ocean. I rolled some of the sheet music into scrolls – one in the front, and three in the back. The big breakthrough for me was placing the scroll in front of the photo inside the bottle…I have never tried that before, and I really like the effect – it pushes the photo away from the glass, giving it a little more space to move. I poured in mineral oil so that the elements can move and shift together like they would if they were in the ocean’s water. It still needs to have its lid adhered with silicone, and then I will take a more professional photo, but for now I just wanted to share the progress made today.
I have been thinking a lot lately about how nothing is wasted…there are so many ideas I have for art, so many objects and images I collect in my studio, and all in due time the parts come together to form new art. The trick is patience. This piece reminds me that completion is not a race, but rather a gentle allowing and trusting my own timing.