I love how Twitter is such a great source of inspiration and unexpected interaction for me. I have been lucky enough to connect with several artists across the globe since starting my website and being able to see their work and discuss their ideas is invaluable.
One such inspiring tweet caught my eye the other week, from a guy called David Smith. He is making an open plea for artists to send him a 4″x4″ artwork (in any medium) to form part of a larger collaborative artwork that he will create in November. The working title is “Black Squares, Black Lines & Black Magic”.
In David’s own words: “There is no higher purpose, no charitable intent, other than to create an interesting piece of art that is influenced by the chaos of multiple artists. I do not promise that your work will be used and if it is used it may not be obviously visible (those of you who know my work know that the work is often unseen!) When you send or deliver a piece you pass all physical and intellectual property rights to it as an object or idea over to me to use in any way that I see fit. Yes, I am asking you to make a small gift to me of your work with no chance of anything in return except the satisfaction that you will have played a small part in a web of art.”
I really love this concept and will be sending him three squares very soon. They may be used, they may not, and it doesn’t matter. Sometimes the act of creating and gifting a piece of your creativity to someone is reward enough. However David decides to use the artwork he is sent by everyone, it’s sure to be interesting piece and I’ll be looking forward to seeing the finished result when the artwork is completed.
For further details on how to take part, check out David’s website
The three squares that I have painted are different, yet connected. The theme “Black Lines, Black Squares, Black Magic” immediately makes me want to paint the reverse, but after some thought I settled on a strong orange background and painted a Runic square, a Celtic square and a slightly abstract square.
For those of you that don’t know runes (I didn’t), I’ve chosen four and painted them in a repeating pattern. They are as follows:
Thurisaz (pronounced Thoor-ee-sawz) Symbolic of Magic, Chaos, Temptation, Protection, Focused power
Berkarun (pronounced Bear-khan-awn) Symbolic of Female Energy, Earth, Fertility, Growth, Mother Goddess
Sowilo (pronounced Soh-veal-oh) Symbolic of Energy and Revelation, Good Fortune, Positivity and Success
Gebo (pronounced Ghay-bow) Symbolic of a Gift, Love, Partnership, Forgiveness, Marriage and more simply – a kiss.
The Celtic square is self-explanatory and the Abstract square is open to interpretation. Is it a shell on a beach with a curling wave? A ram? Or something more sinister?