The way We Live Now: Natural Disaster

The Way, Natural Disaster
Today’s square is one of the simplest in design, maybe just a symbolic tornado. This one hasn’t faded particularly and the text is easy to read: the few words speak for themselves. All, sadly, ever-topical.

For the original banner, made with collage on brown paper backed with cotton, I used a combination of light-fast and fugitive paints, dyes and inks. It was meant to be a bit of a lottery, like time itself – I wasn’t sure what would fade and how much, only that things would change unpredictably. I’ve never tried to sell this piece – I wasn’t sure how a buyer would appreciate a disappearing artwork! I don’t think it’ll fade any more now. But I love its current subtle, seasoned incarnation.

Among the fugitive colours were some holi paints brought back for me from India by my very dear friend. She’d seen people randomly throwing bright colours all over each other during the Holi festival. It sounded like delightful mayhem. I carried this on by experimenting with lemon juice, vinegar, salt and other things – don’t ask me what! – to fix or disperse the garish crimson, viridian and purple dyes. I combined them with other materials. More on those another day….