First, a little bit about the KF Project. KF are Kari and Fleur, San Francisco Bay Area artists who decided on a unique collaboration to push the boundaries of the meaning of art and its impermanence in our culture. It started during a discussion about how many pieces of art artists generate in their lifetimes, our drive to create, and where it all ends up. Most of us never make it into the museums, some make it into galleries, and a few will make it into a friend’s bathroom, maybe their living room if we’re lucky. The rest of the work we have poured our hearts and souls into will end up in the back of a relative’s garage, or landfill, or propped up on the street with a “free” sign. Even with that reality, creatives must create. During the discussion, a fellow creative said, “too bad you can’t just paint on one canvas over and over again.” Brilliant! Yes, that’s the ticket!
Kari and Fleur took it a few steps further. Not only would they paint on one canvas over and over, they would trade that canvas back and forth—each artist having to paint over the completed painting of the other’s work. Destruction, creation, transience. After each painting is complete, they take a photo and post it to IG. They will also post a couple of process photos along the way. The photo of the painting becomes the new work of art. But like the canvas, a photo is not permanent. Easily modified, the photo is the altered reality of the original, which can be changed in infinite ways, innumerable times. Or deleted. It is a study in impermanence, or in the wise words of Robert Frost, “nothing gold can stay.” With all that in mind, here is the first photograph of the first piece created by Fleur, with her explanation of the *why* behind her work: “For this first layer I wanted to give us good luck with the project: gold paper for good new year (new project) wishes. It also makes me think of a broken mirror (through the looking glass) and the Cheshire cat because the whole project is about disappearance and is a little bit crazy…”
Two borders finished. The other two are ready to be chain-pieced and will be finished tonight. I will attach them to the quilt this weekend and will wait for a sunny day to take nice photos :-)