On Mixed Media
The other day an amazing thing has happened. One of our gallery spaces reserved for exhibition of mixed media work hosted a solo show by a Russian contemporary sculptor Inna Grinchel "Regeneration" which featured a series of re-worked antique busts placed under transparent plastic boxes. Inna used special mixture made of soaked cardboard to create a papier-mâché version of concrete which she applied to the busts.
One morning we noticed that one of the boxes looked like a green house with drops of evaporation on its walls. When we looked closely, we saw that the mixture the artist used to shape the bust’s hair was now covered in mould! It added a new dimension to the work itself and, more importantly, to the "mixed media" concept of the space. Unfortunately, we had to replace the artwork but the story remained in my head as a brilliant example of how an art piece can manifest itself regardless of its creator's intentions.