Sunday, February 3, 2008

Illustration Friday - Blanket

The name of this piece is Blanket of Indifference . It's based on a recurring dream I have. If I go more than 2 days with only superficial interactions, I have this dream. I'm in a gorgeous room, like what I saw in Versailles, a room full of mirrors, paintings, rich furniture and decor, all kinds of stunning things to look at. And I'm in the corner, surrounded by cobwebs and my face is veiled. It's as if I'm part of the room but not visible, which is how I feel when people interact with me just enough to say, 'type this' or 'find this file' or ask 'how was your weekend?' but then never wait for the answer. This happens way WAY too much at work, where I have 4 other people who love to monologue, who expect me to listen but not speak, or who wait (when I AM speaking) for their opening to insert their own words and then take over. Or who just interrupt and if I try to finish a sentence, they start talking louder and louder and louder to override/shush me. 99.2% of people don't know how to engage in DIALOGUE. They only listen for a pause, and even while I'm speaking they're really just planning what they'll say next and not HEARING me at all.

[mat board base, acrylic paint, construction adhesive, mirror tile, mosaic glass fragments, embossing powder, wood fragment, tree tile (found in Tuscany), magazine image.]

[additional details/close-ups to follow in next post]

12 comments:

Veronica said...

YOu know I really like everything about this. The mirrors the photo the stencils I do like it all. you have a winner with this piece

Teresa K. said...

I enjoy your insightful commentary on life. I was listening to a speaker at a conference once who equated the whole "good morning, how was your weekend" thing to dogs barking and sniffing each other when they first meet. These things that people say in greeting are like idioms that don't mean what the words imply they mean. All they really mean is "I've sniffed you out, you're one of us, I'm glad you're here"

Isn't it wonderful when you have a friend with whom you can share true communication? I love your art - it communicates at a level different from words. I feel like it speaks to an urge to find something beautiful, satisfying, and significant among the trivial interactions of the day.
Have a super Sunday! -Teresa

Toni said...

Teresa - I don't know if you'll be back to see this, but your comment is amazing and brought tears to my throat. THANK YOU!

Ella said...

Very fitting illo for the dream you keep having and a great title! Thank you for describing your situation at work in such an honest way.

Kate said...

Beautiful collage!

Pierina said...

Hi Toni!! thank you sooo much for your comment on my blog :) You are jealous because I live in Argentina and I'd love to visit USA someday. It's one of dreams...
I'm going to see more of your work, I saw this post and love it!! great collage and love it's about a dream. I'm always writing my dreams to paint them later.
Hugs!
Georgina

Magos Nava said...

Beautiful. I like texture

Jeri said...

Your art is truly "a work of art". Toni this is superb and I am in total awe of your talent. I looked at this when it was first posted - looked but didn't see it; as in your commentary about no one really listening when you speak. I have certainly been guilty of that must of my life and have recognized it and diligently work on changing ~

indigene said...

This is a beautiful piece! It has the lovely atmosphere of a dream. If all our dreams could be so beautiful, we'd all wake up refreshed daily!
Beautiful work!

www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

Shashi Nayagam said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your comments. Thank you also for tagging me but unfortunately I can't find the rules you posted.
I love your Blanket. I think it is beautiful.

Tim Hunt said...

Toni,

There is so much to this piece; the variety of materials, your execution and the thoughts behind your work. A blanket is a cover, but you've really delved beneath the surface on this one. Bravo!

Curious Art said...

Wow, I missed this post before-- it's a powerful image, an amazing dream, & a very insightful analysis.