Last book update… for a little bit…

July 6, 2008 at 10:24 pm (art, culture, drawing, interesting, painting, personal, thoughts) (, , )

This is a picture I took last night – not sure how much you can really see (it’s one of the girls on top of a bridge over railroad tracks, with tons of things in the background) but it sort of captures the mood of the last few days:

So, a few conclusions I’ve come to about this project:

It has a full day left in it, tops, in terms of the amount of work I have to do. That’s how close I am to being done(!!!!!!!!!). Having said that, I won’t really know what the piece looks like until I install it – it’s so big and unruly that I can only look at it in little segments while it’s in our apartment, and that’s even if I set it up so it starts in the bedroom, goes straight through my studio, and then into the livingroom. I won’t be able to get back to some distance and view it as a whole until it’s in the space. Realizing that made me come to terms with the fact that it won’t be totally, 100% done until some time from now, no matter how much work I pour into it. I could spend every second of the next two months obsessing over this thing, and there are still little parts of it that will have to be tweaked once it’s all set up because I won’t know until I see it. This was sort of a bitter pill to swallow, as I just wanted to get the damn thing done and sparkling… but then also, I realize I have to do what’s good for the work.

Also, since I see this as being the centerpiece of the whole show, I want it to relate to the work around it – which right now it does for the work that is done. However, I have a few more weeks of making work to go, and I want to allow myself a little wiggle room to add stuff as I feel it’s called for.

Anyway. Point is, I’m putting it aside for a bit. I’m folding it up and packing it off – out of sight, out of mind. I need a little break anyway. I can’t help but notice that my blurry, close-up photos of it are starting to look a bit like sightings of the Loch Ness monster, or that I’m becoming a bit like a person who swears she’s seen the Loch Ness monster.

I’m so tired, I don’t even know what that last sentence means. In brief:
The project is a good 95% done.
I need to stop staring at it and come back in a little bit, once I’ve had a break.
Contrary to what a sane person would think/do, I not only don’t recoil at the thought of pop-up books right now, but I honestly can’t wait to start my next one.

One last blurry shot, a girl among some oversized flowers:

Tomorrow I’m out all day. Tuesday I get straight back to work on, yep, another pop-up. I got bit by the pop-up bug I guess… possibly the glutton-for-punishment-bug as well.


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