|Springs for Sale, I won’t be using them|
I was going to participate in Maxine’s UCM [aka unconventional materials] challenge. I even had the materials lined up. My ATC group was already doing a Hardware themed swap so it was a chance to work with UCM. I found out something important about myself….it isn’t for me. Doing the atcs, which you can see in the previous post, reminded me of all the reasons my art uses softer materials but still incorporates paint, dye and embellishments. It also started me thinking about some of the tags we like to use for our art…especially mixed media.
I only got a couple of responses which was sad. I think it is an important question for our community to ponder. I will give you the links to a couple of assemblage art definitions. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/39194/assemblage and also http://painting.about.com/od/artglossarya/g/defassemblage.htm. If you read these you will hopefully understand why I asked the question. The contemporary use of assemblage art is a kind of Mad Max art, which I love. It just isn’t the only interpretation.
As we struggle to describe what we do as artists and the medium we choose to work with, I think it is important to use correct terminology. At an art show last year, I entered a couple of pieces into the mixed media category. Sounded right to me. The other entries in that category were pencil/ink/acrylic or some such combination. Yes, that is mixed media but not what those of us in the art quilt community think of as mixed media. Or the cloth, paper and scissors set either.
I am simply trying to decide if I will continue to use the term art quilt or even fiber art for my artwork. I really like the Britannica definition and think it is going to require a lot of soul searching. Certainly to take my art past the level of people thinking it is for a bed by using ‘quilt’ should be a good thing. This has been talked to death on the SAQA [Studio Art Quilt Associates] list. But not one person even referenced the definition of assemblage as a viable option.