Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Endless Loooooove

I've just sent off the last of my work for the upcoming BLUE show at Object Gallery, which opens next week. I've had a ball working on these pieces and despite numerous technical hiccups (making large round flat things from porcelain can be a little challenging sometimes) I got there in the end. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was working with the phrase something old something new something borrowed something blue, which refers to a wedding tradition for good luck that apparently goes back to Victorian times. Blue was said to symbolise love, loyalty and fidelity and the works I've made explore some ideas around love and marriage and the rituals and traditions that go with that. I came across some fantastic stuff in researching this, but some of my favourites were the endless lists of top ten wedding songs.

Here's just one of them.

Top 10 Wedding Songs

1 Everything I do (I Do It For You) Brian Adams
2 Tonight I Celebrate My Love (Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack)
3 My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)
4 Light Up My Life (Debby Boone)
5 I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)
6 Hoplessly Devoted To You (Olivia Newton John)
7 The Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
8 Can't Smile Without You (Barry Manilow)
9 I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder)
10 I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher)

Not so sure about number 6... I would have thought a song about a girl being dumped and nursing her broken heart might not be such a good omen as a wedding song, although always happy to see Livvy on a list.

A glaring omission from this list is of course that all-time classic love song "My Endless Love" which (according to Wikipedia) is "the greatest love song of all time" (must be true then). Think Blue Lagoon, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, lots of breathy singing and extended wavering vowels, long looks and dramatic crescendos. When it comes to wedding songs it doesn't get much better than this....???!!

BLUE opens July 31st and kicks off Object's Spring Series 2010. You can read a little more about the show and the artists involved here.

And here's some fascinating facts about the song My Endless Love, and a live rendition by Lionel and Di (wearing a very fetching frock). Go on, you know you want to.


Cat said...

They're beautiful and my favourite colours too. I'd love to get one of the calendar ones for my bestie's wedding present. :)

Sarah said...

these are wonderful! wish I could be there to see them in person.

cookingwithgas said...

gosh- these are great!
Such a different approach - I am enjoying the clean lines and soft glazes.



cass said...

I was just wondering Mel, (please feel free to not divulge any of your secrets!) with these are you using the actual found tableware, or making casts of them? :)