I realized that these are not only records of objects, both as a photogram of a direct object and also the negative, but the papers serve as a record of the day, time, and weather conditions. I started about half way through writing the date, time, and temperature on the back of the paper before setting them out. One more way of including the hand of the artist!
It has been a strange fall/winter. We had no snow for the longest time and then finally a big bit for Thanksgiving. Back to the strange weather - it was 41 degrees and then started raining just a week later.
I had put out several papers to expose in the sun on the top of the canoe. Sometimes (there is so little daylight normally) when it has been extremely cloudy I leave them overnight to get the first possible sun the next day. In this case it rained the next 4 days. I left the papers since some of the ones were the very fragile paper stock that would rip when wet. Guess what? Then it got cold and the papers iced up and stuck to the metal of the canoe. So I left them again in the hopes that they would a) thaw b) get some sun.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
From T.S. Eliot’s The Four Quartets:
You say I am repeating
Something I have said before. I shall say it again.
Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there,
To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.