The Art Abandonment Project
We’re so excited at the Creative Cottage to be a part of the international Art Abandonment Project! It was officially started by artist Michael deMeng with the mission of creating art to be left in random public places for others to find and enjoy.
Our Creative Cottage group is called Art Gifters Anonymous and we meet once a month specifically to create art to give away.
Before I began this circle at The Creative Cottage, I was part of a rag-tag group of fellow artists who did this kind of “guerilla art” in various forms for years.
I left my little handmade books
and tiny canvases in the communities where I lived and around the world in my travels. Before this was an official “movement,” we chalked sidewalks, bundled supplies for the homeless wrapped in handmade cards,
and left small bits of art in hospitals and schools to be found by others.
Some artists can’t seem to let go of their work…even when they sell it. I LOVE giving my art away!
In my hospice work I sadly discovered that lots of artists would rather let their art mold in the basement or be lost in the back of a forgotten closet rather than be given to others.
Personally, I love imagining what becomes of my art after it has left my hands…where it lives, who enjoys it, and what it means to others.
I think it’s important to be able let one’s art live a life beyond its creator. I’ve been trying to practice non-attachment all my life—with varying degrees of success—and this project gives me lots of practice. This is good for the soul! A random act of art!
This is our process at Art Gifters Anonymous:
We make a piece of art with a note explaining that it is a gift and if the finder would like to share info about its fate they can contact us directly at email@example.com
This is a gift!!! It has been secretly placed here for you to discover and enjoy.
We are Art Givers Anonymous and our mission is to make art and give it away.
Please let us know you found it by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
We try to photograph our work and where/when we leave it.
And then we leave it,
as secretly as possible,
and let the fates decide what becomes of it!
It’s an awesome process and we’ve been receiving such amazing responses!
Some of our members (look for Barbara’s and Honor’s post on April 14th and Gogi’s on May 5th)use Facebook to share the location and photo of their giftings with the rest of the world at http://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtAbandonment/
See more about this fabulous project at: www.facebook.com/groups/ArtAbandonment
and email us at email@example.com with your own ideas, comments, or random acts of art!
On this page of my blog I will keep you updated about our art-making dates and share some of the responses we have already received.
Please join us in in your own way…the world needs us…
give it away,
Here are some of our latest Random Acts of Art projects!
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