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Sep 17, 2014
September 17, 2014 - by Ruth Collis
Questions I got asked:
Did you chew all that?
Unfortunately, yes. I thought about getting others to chew it, but really, that's even grosser to handle! I guess I didn't think of plastic gloves back then.
Why would you make a piece like this?
I wanted to try something other than boring flat paint. It was not well received in the upper lifestyle of my boyfriend's family at the time. It was the start of exploring regular art mediums later.
How do you get the sky texture?
I didn't. It was made that way by the manufacturer. All I did was chew it and place it down (then gag on all the sugar)! You can see the different textures and smoothness between each brand of gum here.
How old is it?
Best I can remember is it being made between 1996 and 1998. Photograph info shows the date I took the browning photo to be August 11, 2011
Bubble Gum Browning
This bubble gum art piece shows it's browning over time and how I have moved on to a more permanent medium in acrylic painting.
You can see the browning over time of a perishable medium that I didn't think about then, just wanting to have fun. Luckily, the pictures are preserved. I made a blue case that consisted of a few art frames put together back to back, and covered it in a glass case with some cushions to keep the frame nice and the piece protected from injury best as possible. There is one thing that is preserved... the overwhelming smell of sugar! Somehow people like that and are not grossed out like I would imagine.
So this was when my 3D interest in art starting taking place and it was as if forms came more to life if they had shape and dimension off the surface. Since then, I have been drawn to the possibilities of impasto paint (a more archival medium), now that manufacturers started making thicker paint with better quality.
How did you get the detail?
Roll a bit in your hands back and forth to get a straight line. It was pretty tricky getting a line so thin as the kites strings.
Now, years later, I go and move to a town where there is a famous gum wall tourist attraction in San Luis Obispo called Bubble Gum Alley. I still have not seen that grossness yet, nor have interest in it, but go figure.
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