Something New... "Purple Heart"... / by SCAPE Martinez

Creativity and inspiration can come in the oddest ways, and at the strangest times,.. here is one...

In the studio cleaning... I stared at this pile of canvas scraps, you know, those pieces that get thrown away because they were either trimmed off when stretching a canvas, or pieces of canvas that just were not good enough... your basic "garbage pile".... stuff that you never even looked twice at, because it was "garbage".

I stared at the pile and I thought, "wow, I like how that looks", there is something there... don't know what, but something... I muttered to myself, "when is something, something, or when is it nothing?"...

I pulled a few scraps out of the pile, and admired the movement of color on a few of them, but these were little pieces of scraps, what can I do with them?... I walked away, tossing the scraps on the floor, let me ruminate on this, something will come from it... I need coffee...

Later, in the studio, in the flurry of automatic creating and moving to that internal instruction, in the midst of purples and reds, I had an epiphany... "remember those hearts?"... um, "What hearts?"... "those hearts"... and suddenly the idea crystallized... get a sheet of wood and cut out the shape of a heart, you're good with that jigsaw, so create a heart shaped frame, and "stretch" these scrap pieces across it and see what it looks like... might be "something", might be "nothing"...

I found a metaphor here,... a heart, made from items that were normally thrown away, now put together to form something beautiful... fill in the blanks as you see fit... street cred be damned...

"Purple Heart", 24 x 24 mixed media and various canvases on wood. 2016