Why dry orange rind? For several reasons, oranges, i.e. their juice, were remains of breakfast, part of everyday life, something one does not note. Until through a system of associations and a shift of context, something available generated symbols, suggestions, an impulse to create, or, rather, to transform.
This occured while I was about to reach for other ideas which in turn entailed funding, technical equipment, sponsors, i.e. additional activities which usually counteract creative impulse. Orange rind was right there, under my nose, and thus more true, for there was no need to whitewash reality, it was there in its authentic form. I only had to follow my sequence of thoughts and create new images and meanings out of them.
It was a good feeling making somethig out of “nothing“.
Pores of orange rind, especially when dry, remind of human skin, its tissue, i.e. the inside part which remains within after it has been squeezed and dried also reminds of human tissue.
Some rinds contain dry greenish mold, some have turned brown from drying, some are moth-eaten.
Convex–concave (layout) is a male-female principle.
Fixed on a wall, they become sculptural.
The Orange Rind Drier is the invisible protagonist of this ambinece. His absurd activity of drying and fixing orange rind on a wall and of planning its further positions, is the role of putting experience in order, and of using it. Concurrently it is a human role.
However, nainling calls up other associations and so do the holes.
ORANGE RIND DRIER
- text written in crayon on the wall
I do not know the exact number collected and dried, some five hundred to a wall (three years' breakfast). Some are bigger, some smaller, some twisted, some perfectly dried, some were delicious and juicy, some but with a few drops of juice.
Squeezing can be fun, every day you watch the rind lose shape, retract, contract. It becomes harder, its pores deper, more obvious and resistent. The tissue gets thinner and paler.
One has to do something with oneself and one's time. Drying rinds can do.
How does one remember the difference between convex and concave? Concave looks like a cave.
How can one bring convex and concave together? There are several ways:
- concave vs. convex, convex entering concave (sometimes in a most pleasant way)
- edges of two concave sections merging into a single shape, which reminds of that Greek myth – a bit farfetched – about the loss of human integrity and a worldwide search for one's own orange section in order to become whole again
- the principle of layers (there can be many)
- by simply putting a section upside down
A fine way of fixing orange rind on wall (instead of pictures or wallpaper) is to nail them. Little nails also cover the walls without orange rind, for they will certainly arrive with the passage of time. Some calculations are reliable. Once we have run out of little nails, nails and big nails can be used. Once we have run out of nails, we can still draw holes or, better still, make holes in their places, for that is where they belong. Once we have run out of little holes, we can make bigger ones. Once we have run out of bigger holes … Yet this is impossible, for there is always one waiting!
Orange Rind Drier