Patrice A. was the author of a thought provoking drawing challenge this week: ‘proverb or saying’.
The first adage to pop into my mind was: “one day at a time”, a saying that literally saved my life. As I walked each morning, rolling the phrase around in my mind, I was also thinking of a book I am reading, Josef Albers’s classic ‘Interaction of Color’. Albers writes that even if a group of people focus on the same color, so that everyone receives the same projection on their retinas, no one can be sure whether each has the same perception. I considered my conception of time, which I have always visualized as a circle of twelve months that I am traveling around counterclockwise. I wondered what others perceive when they think of time.
I decided to illustrate my notion of time using a volvelle built using techniques found in ‘Making Handmade Books’ by Alisa Golden, an absolute treasure trove of inspiration, instruction and delight for artist book makers.
|'Time is Not a River' volvelle; card stock and recycled calendar pages|
I titled the piece with another favorite saying, part of an old joke I love: 'Time is a river... or maybe it isn't.' What do you visualize when you think of time? You won't be wasting yours if you visit Patrice's wonderful blog where artists are airing adages this week.