Saturday, 18 March 2017

The beauty in decay

I find myself fascinated by pictures of abandoned places being reclaimed by nature- old theme parks, dilapidated hotels, disused factories- the combination of rusty browns and patina blues mixing with the bright greens of new vegetation always reminds me of what a wild and unpredictable force nature is and the great strength it has compared to man-made objects.

This canvas has been a work in progress for a long time- I could never seem to get the picture I saw in my head onto the page. After throwing pretty much every product I own at it, I'm finally happy with how it turned out!

Stencils, modelling paste, inks, paints, sprays, chipboard, papier-mache, grit, wires and ephemera all went into this vision of decay and rebirth.

I'd like to enter this canvas into SanDee & Amelie's March steampunk challenge.


  1. I enjoyed seeing this over on FB, Lori.Love your little touches like the finger reaching for the very cool butterfly! Love how you made the body out of a jar! Like you, I am drawn to old decaying places, ones that are overgrown, rusty, and falling apart - I think they really let our imaginations go a little wild. Thanks so much for sharing with us at SASPC this month! hugs, Maura

    1. Thank you so much Maura! One place I'd really love to visit is Chernobyl- that probably seems quite morbid given the terrible tradgedy that happened there, but I think it'd be so fascinating to see the encroachment of nature and the life that flourishes there now in light of the terrible 'scorched earth' event that occurred. It gives me hope that despite the damage we're doing to the planet, nature can never be truly tamed or destroyed.
      Thanks again for your lovely comments 🙂

  2. j' aime beaucoup cette interprétation de la nature qui ce réveil malgré les caos du temps ,merci pour cette superbe réalisation à bientot Nate

  3. It's beautiful! I love this kind of places too and you (finally ;) managed to capture the feel!
    Thank you for sharing this lovely piece with us at SASPC!

    Claudia x