Captured in a jar

Ball Jar Art–new territory. In preparation for a gallery opening at the professional art gallery on site at the school where I work, I am working on the following art piece. It is a Ball jar containing a bird’s nest and studio ephemera, including materials such as sandpaper and wire, photographic negatives, chalk, etc., accompanied by a poem attached in a self-enclosed envelope secured with wire closure.

The limitations of this project included the narrow width of the jar mouth, as well as the distortion of the glass (if you look at a Ball jar you’ll see raised texture areas to signify measurements, as well as the word “Ball” across the front). While photographing the piece I grew to appreciate the distortions and limitations, as well as recognize that it may not be completely finished yet . . .

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