Much is lost in trying to show Sacrifice in such a small format. It is hard to see the dessicated dried frog at the bottom, the rusty nails in one compartment, or the evocative face just above the shoe form wings, but it one of my favorite pieces.
It began with the base of a case that held old optometrist's lenses, thus the compartments with the white labels that list the various strengths of the lenses. Things saved long ago as well as recently found equal space in this piece as in most of my work.
There is a slightly religious sense to the piece although that was certainly not my intent when it began. It just ended up that way and surprised me, as I would probably never intentionally do anything with a religious slant to it.
As this process of doing found-object art continues to unfold for me, I do find references to life (my life), childhood, distress, family, upbringing and maturing entering unbidden into the work. Each viewer takes these bits and pieces I have put together and interprets them in a unique way based on his or her own experience. If it seems mysterious to you, then I have succeeded in creating the art I want.
(Photo: Sacrifice (10"x24" box area, with hanging pendant and tag at bottom 32" high) Copyright 2008 by Diane Lou. Photo by Nils Lou)