I have a stash of old wooden windows, smaller now than it has been.
The contractor who built our bedroom has been giving me windows for years. He knows me too well. He also built our barn, and we saved a ton of money using his free windows.
We used 32 windows on this barn. All old single pane, with wavy glass.
Two years ago we used nine more on the back side of our bathroom. They make for a brilliant space.
Art reflects life. All this thinking about windows made me covet them. And make work using them.
A recent piece using windows was done during the World Series. We are in the St. Louis diaspora, and don’t think much about the Cardinals except when they are in the playoffs and the series. Not all the birds in this piece are cardinals; some are chickens and other birds that I painted to look like cardinals.
The chicken is in the upper right, upside down.
A more exotic red bird stays as is. “Masquerade” is the name of this piece. An oval mirror has been included in the structure, and a cardinal sees himself. Of course, they are so territorial, he thinks it is another cardinal.
Just finished this piece. Made of two of my windows, and a big palladian window given to me. I buy the gentle wooden spirals like the one seen here at the flea when they are around. Also used here are two aluminum ones from old screened doors.
One gets a better sense of the piece’s three dimensionality when a photo is taken slightly from the side. The largest aluminum curve is jammed in between the rectangular windows, and striped with paint.
The finishing touch was using graphite to recreate the aluminum curve on the element in front of it. This makes it seem transparent, presenting the small aluminum curve in full. Used to do this all the time in my embroidered work.