As I prepare to go in for major surgery on the 16th, I find myself on a creative roll again (normal for this time of year...and no, I am not always in the mood to create art). I have a couple shows I am jurying into, so have been eager to get some pieces done.
This piece, originally titled A Book about Death (for the show of that name), has morphed some from when I first photographed it, into what you see here. It is a piece filled with gifts from friends....the marvelous red drawer front and bone handle for the net from Deb, the dried roses from Marlene, the skull from Xena, and the rusty square behind the 7 ball is from Nils's old studio. All is contained within a metal lid from a little trunk (19"x12"), and the ornate grillwork on the front is actually plastic (once part of a dollhouse) made to look like rusted metal using a metal rusting product.
It so satisfying when a piece finally says to me, "yes, I'm done, so now you can move on." I have several more I am eager to show you in the days ahead.