Currents Gallery in McMinnville is currently having their annual recycled art show, and Saturday night was the opening. Jake, Nils and I attended, and found one of my pieces, Universe (pictured below), won first prize!
Pictured below are a couple photos of a new piece, right now named Fragile, that developed from a very interesting folk-art-type wooden box I found at the bins one day. The box was just a rectangle, but one of Nils's colleagues at Linfield gave me the peaked "gingerbread" piece which I added to the top, and I then trimmed those out with narrow strips cut from a checkerboard. The large metal piece top-center, is a lamp fixture used upside-down, in which I inserted two "rusted" doll hands.
Inside the box, I put a backing of a sheet of cardboard from a box sent from China (It says "Fragile" and then there are Chinese characters underneath that...thanks, Marlene), then added top and bottom pieces (at different depths) cut from a checkerboard. The "earth" is 1/2 of a styrofoam ball covered in a map (interestingly, the other half of the "earth" is in Universe, pictured above), and that is mounted on a spring I found on the ground one day at a farm sale. The wing on the spring is from a Lego set (see the other wing on Warrior Crow). The black wooden bottom piece which balances the weight of the top came at grandson Jake's suggestion. It was part of a roundish wooden frame with sunrays and stars around the edges, but in garish colors. He suggested cutting it apart (with my trusty tabletop band saw) so I would have some tops and bottoms, things I am always looking for. I painted them black to add weight and get rid of the awful colors.
(Fragile copyright Diane Lou 2011)