PROJECT: To introduce aesthetic considerations into your eco art practice, select one common ingredient of your life that depends upon a machine. Then conduct this activity without relying upon a machine.
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PROJECT: To introduce aesthetic considerations into your eco art practice, select one common ingredient of your life that depends upon a machine. Then conduct this activity without relying upon a machine. For example:
-dry your hair in the air / dry your hair with an electric hair dryer
-start the day by observing dawn / start the day with an alarm clock
-get wet in a rain shower / get wet in a bathroom shower
-walk up a hill / drive up the hill
Complete the form below identifying the aesthetic components of each.
TEMPO of experience
(fast / slow)
RHYTHM of experience
(regular / variable)
EXCITEMENT of experience
(easily anticipated / unpredictable)
VARIABILITY of experience
(diverse / uniform)
START and END of experience
(abrupt / gradual)
SENSATIONS and FEELINGS.
Describe the affect of these
aesthetic ingredients upon you.
For each experience, describe if
it was boring / pleasurable /
surprising / sensual /
disturbing / soothing, etc.
-break open fountain pen and use ink with a hand made brush or quill tip
-gather charred wood from fire pit. crush charcoal to fine powder (with rock/mallet), mix with hot liquid wax/olive oil (do not mix ash with water – can create lye and give chemical burn)
-gather soft rocks and soak them in water, or collect wet from stream, beach, etc.
rub stone for pigment (different rocks give different colors). use a harder rock to rub the softer rock. can also crush with a mallet, while wearing protective eye wear
-when crushing a hand made brush can be used as a tool to brush the broken rocks back into a pile in order to crush additionally. repeat until the rock is a fine powder. mix with a small amount of water, or oil
-roll up leaves, flowers, grasses and rub onto paper
-crush bark, mulch or colored roots then wet and apply to paper. can also draw directly with soft wet wood or bark
-collect soil from the four corners of your property to use as earth pigments. compare colors and textures. mix with water or oil and apply to surface
-make natural dyes – boil dye stuffs in water: beets, red onion skins, black walnut hulls, turmeric – mix with oil, wax, egg whites, etc.
-draw with the red exterior of a red raddish, or orange carrot
-apply iodine, betadine or other stain colored liquids from medicine cabinet or household closet