And at home, I had a few little odd pieces that didn't sell. Things that languished unsold on Etsy forever, it seemed.
|Even this clever photo series didn't help me sell the white mini painting.|
Something interesting happened when I took all these little misfits and put them together on a framed board: Synergy.
|No, not this Synergy...|
Synergy, as in, the whole of the piece being greater than the sum of its parts.
The most challenging aspect of building this piece was deciding where each part would go. I spent weeks re-arranging everything until I found a composition that I liked. Some of the mini paintings I used in it date all the way back to 2001, a reminder that post-consumerism is older than I give it credit for.
I was inspired by the work of Robert Rauschenberg, particularly his "combine" pieces. I found myself wondering what he would do if he had all these bits and pieces whenever I wasn't sure about placement. Once I finally got everything where I wanted it, I took a picture, then glued it all down.
The Sum of Its Parts sells for $300.