This is the not-quite-finished state of a piece called Wings. I'll show the finished version soon.The background piece is an old wooden cabinet door. I chose it because I needed something substantial to fasten all my other pieces to securely. As pieces have become broken in shipping, I am becoming increasingly conscientious about having them be very, very sturdy!
Anyway, to the cabinet door, I screwed down the 4-section piece you see there which is a stainless steel bread loaf pan, slightly dented, from the bins (again). Inside of each of those is glued a reproduction of a photo I took in England (on one of my very few bits of foreign travel) at St. Anne's chapel in London. You can't really tell from the photos, but those 4 sections are concave, curved inward, to accommodate the loaf of bread so they become nice little alcoves for the image. The combo of the photo and the alcove sets a rather religious tone for the piece.
Along the sides, the white pieces came from (how can I describe this?...) the wooden framework that would hold the drawers on an old treadle sewing machine. In other words, I bought old sewing machine drawers that were still within the framework that held them, then disassembled the framework.
An aside here...Most often I cannot figure out what to do with something until I disassemble it. In complete form, I have a hard time looking at it for other than what it is, so usually step one when I get something is to take it apart if it has multiple parts (or wait until grandson Jake, age 10, comes over. He loves to disassemble!)
The wings on the bottom came from a toy, and they too are screwed firmly into the wood. Hanging in the two center sections of the bread pan are two freely-revolving pieces of balsa wood, covered with transparency images of children and people. They hang from recycled chains and fishing swivels. At the very bottom is an old rusty castor, and at the very top, 1/2 of a stool seat. There are just a few more touches which I have since added to this piece which I'll show you in a day or so.
Had a great day today with friends Kate and Dan...yoga, lunch, and Avatar in 3-D. Tomorrow off to jury for the Wild Woman show. No studio time today, but hopefully tomorrow. Finished another piece I'll be showing you soon.
Have a great weekend!