Prior to making my collage and assemblage artworks I was painting primarily in encaustic and ordered my beeswax from a company in the United States. After being in Japan for a while I had run out and decided to order more online.
This is the box that they came in. The postage stamp says the shipping date was April 5, 2007. When it arrived I immediately fell in love with the packaging. I loved the relationship of the blue and brown together, the tears in the plastic and the cardboard, the graphic quality of the text and air mail stamps as well as the date on it. I think it's obvious to see in my artwork that I have a fixation with dates on letters, packages and newspapers. It's a way of preserving time as well as linking the past, present and future together. It also shows time's effect on things, both living and non-living and makes me think about the fragility of time and how it makes things fragile themselves.
I kept this in my studio for 8 years in a dusty and damp area to slowly age it before I finally decided it was ready to be exhibited.