Friday

Where Are We Going




A torch brings a flame to the metal...

Molten silver melts... flows...

Into... onto... around...


Textures... lines... curves...

Shapes... layers... markings...


A puzzle for a moment... the mind creates a story... solves a riddle... tells another...





Hammered... antiqued..... partially reticulated...

A sculpture for your body...



..........it just occurred to me that it somehow seems ironic to create an object, that is held precious... with molten heat and hammer blows... the fury of fire and steel...

Is this the same as man going to war to create peace.....................................



Sterling Silver and Copper Pin ..... approx. 2" x 2" ......... I loved making this...

$150.00 Sold

21 comments:

Sharon said...

....brings to mind how we, and all of the elements in the universe (including those in your beautiful sculpture) began as star dust. The result of fire, explosions, fusion, and all kinds of cosmic violence. Kind of neat that you've created something beautiful out of the remains of a dying star; unimaginable really.
Anyways, it's a great piece. I love the repeating circle motif and how it appears as both positive and negative space. It's beautiful.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Sharon, you have a magical way with words and a wonderful mind... Have you ever written a book...

I am honoured to have your thoughts and words on my blog... thank you!

LostLuggage said...

Spectacular, Gwen!!

Louie In Seattle said...

If you had lived a thousand years ago, would you have made helmets for knights or vikings? That is what your pin reminds me of. We are supposed to hammer our swords into plows, so I think it follows that your pin is Peace. My dad was a career U.S. Army officer, and served in WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. He hated war, but he said hundreds of thousands of soldiers (U.S. and Japanese) would have died if we hadn't dropped atomic bombs on Japan. A grim peace. I prefer yours.

Sandy said...

Very nice, very ..."bold" comes to mind...like it would feel good holding it.

sandy

Anet said...

Gwen, this is beautiful! Pins are my favorite piece of jewelry to wear. I love pieces that makes you stop... take time out of this crazy world and explore it. This is what your pin does. Awesome!!

Ruth said...

Wow, what a post. And even more provocative with the comments.

When I first saw your piece, and read your text, the word "masculine" came to mind. Now a man would never wear a pin like this, and the whole is feminine in spite of the masculine elements. And isn't war a masculine concept too, I suppose. The thrust of war, the phallic symbolism of entering and taking. Your pin is SO beautiful. It feels like found objects, coalesced. I am just astonished at your craftsmanship. The curly staff - or frond - connects it all and makes those masculine elements feminine.

Sorry to my male loved ones, and readers, but it embodies the belief that women hold the world together, while men tear it apart. Of course that stereotype isn't absolute. But there is a sense of it, isn't there? I think - and hope - we are entering a feminine age, when war will be an anachronism.

It is such a privilege to witness your work, your self.

Ruth said...

Looking again, there is that wavy rod too, quite feminine. And you know, the oblong with the holes reminds me of eggs (chickens on the brain?) - and they are within a rectangle. There is just so much there to find! I wish we could sit down and listen to you describe the process of creating this pin. I mean you did it here, in summary. But I could listen and watch you compose a piece like this for hours. Well maybe an hour. :)

I know it's art when I connect, and when I keep finding more.

Sandy said...

yeah ditto to what Ruth said. I came back for another look and Ruth, loved your commentary on it.

sandy

Gwen Buchanan said...

I am so very humbled buy all of your comments but so totally stimulated and excited to read the interchange you wonderful gracious friends have brought to be... I am as happy to read them as it was satisfying to create the pin... It is so thrilling to see your minds wrap around a concept or inquiry and express yourselves so exquisitely.. you are all so inspiring... I love it... thank you...

Oh Louie I would have loved to had the chance to have live and create and learn with the vikings and knights.. My ancestry comes from Ireland and I like to think maybe I'm connected to the Celts somewhere back a few hundred years.. really appreciated your insightful views... life forces us to make difficult decisions, doesn't it?

Anet, Julie and Sandy, I so appreciate your care to come & check out what I am up to.. it is so encouraging ... as an artist, I spend a lot of time by myself and it is good to know that sometimes pieces click with the outside world...

Ruth. I so enjoyed your examination of topics flowing and coming back to centre... You have such a creative mind and the ability to see varying points and bring them to life.. I could listen to you for hours...honestly!

...and Sharon your ability to rationalize the chaos of creation in the beginning of time & of it being part of each and everyone of us and everything we make and do.. mind boggling!

I am in awe of you all ... you have given me much to think about and mull over in my mind and you have made my day!!! You're great... Peace!!!

John Ackerson said...

...another masterpiece my dearest, and such heartfelt emotions...

...it makes me very honored to share my life with you...

Gwen Buchanan said...

I am not worthy... it is everyone else who contributed that made it all worthwhile...

Don said...

Being a male elementary teacher sometimes makes me envious of the women who can wear pieces like this one. I have a feeling that I would not be afraid to display this one. I would like to see how you do something like this. Do you have a crucible where you melt metals? How do you... Ok, I know that I (too) quickly leave the beauty of things and want to learn how it happens. This is cool.

laura said...

Beatiful craftmanshiip; it evokes Norsemen's ships, or knights errant. I think the first time I became interested in art was after seeing a show of early Celtic metal work; the brooches and collarsspeaking from another world, bringing it closer.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Don, I think you would really like doing this... basically all you need is a torch, some metal, a fireproof surface and a bit of time to play... I call this work my "play"...
I do have a crucible but I use a torch and move it over the surface where i want to generate more heat...I add pieces to the whole till It feels like it is done.. I "work mostly by intuition ...

Your inquiry into how? reminds me of when I used to demonstrate spinning at fairs... the women would want to see and touch the wool ... and the men would intently check how the spinning wheel worked ... examining the "mother of all" and comparing the wooden gears and the main wheel that are simply run on a tight cord... possibly they wanted to go home and try making one...

oh and the older generation always wanted to tell me about when they were young and how they helped their grandmother pick( remove the impurities and sticks from the wool)and tease the wool(fluff) in preparation for carding... tedious jobs that any little willing soul could help with that had a set of hands.... Besides the grandmother
wanted to do the spinning ... that was the fun part... it was fascinating to see the different responses...

And you (and other men)could wear a piece like this, if it was your taste... it is just as Sharon told me recently... " Art is Subjective" ... I'm not saying this to try and sell you this one as I haven't been able to part with it yet...

Laura. I am so glad you too have an appreciation for the Celts... Their work was utterly amazing...They have fascinated me to no end... and don't even get me started on the "Book of Kells"....

Sandy said...

No no !!! Don has chickens to raise and Ruth has to photograph them. He can't be taking time out for art, hahaha...and don't forget those barn doors.

Gwen, I enjoyed reading your response to everybody. By the way, This group could have some lively conversation there sitting on that porch of yours!!

s

Gwen Buchanan said...

Oh that's right Sandy... There are alot of busy people out there.. But wouldn't that be special...good food and good wine on the verandah and having great conversations and exchanging ideas... That would be great day...

africantapestry said...

Beasutiful piece...almost medieval feel to it!
ronell

Gina said...

A very striking piece Gwen! I love it! Gx

Margaret Ann said...

A stunning piece...and a wonderful poetic commentary...Love it...you are so very talented! :)

Thanks for the "pop" in on my blog! :)

Gwen Buchanan said...

Ronell, Gina, Margaret Ann, thank you for coming over...

I think the most wonderful surprise about blogging is the discussions that happen, and the thought provoking comments from others!