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Art Collectibles Reflections by Kathy and Bill Lair

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Freud sent me to the flea market

May 30th, 2008 · No Comments · Art, Collectibles, FleaMarket, Inspiration


Kathys Slab Build

In the early 70’s when we began our pottery, we would often go the the flea market to buy old kitchen tools for working with our clay and mixing our glazes. At this time we were strongly influenced by the surrealists. Many of our clay forms displayed inferred body parts. We were reading about artists in Paris in the 20’s and discovered that Freud suggested searching for objects that drew your attention. The objects shouldn”t be the beautiful or the valuable, rather the unexplained mental attraction even if offensive or frightening. If you could afford to buy the piece, you should take it home and learn what the item could teach you about your self, let the object expose a part of yourself you hadn”t discovered yet. You can see this influence in both May Ray’s photos and Max Ernst’s art works. Well we soon found ourselves going to the flea market more often and staying there for longer periods of time. I found myself bringing old medical items home. Our interior decorating scheme began to change.

Medical collection

I feared these things but they certainly did get my attention. Was this really me? I was too frightened to visit anyone in the hospital but here I was bringing hospital stuff home. The Freud exercise did help; it brought back some childhood memories of when I was 5 and my older sister, who was then 6, died. That was heavy. Thank you Dr. Freud. I still love going to the market with high hopes for my next discovery.

Bill”s words

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