Some works fall a bit out of the norm for any number of reasons. They could fail. They could examine a compositional point that the artist has nothing more to say about. They could feature one of a kind materials. They steadfastly refuse to be grouped. Some of these satisfy those guidelines.
This was the first piece in the series on which I am currently working; the first to use an upright rectangular window frame and chair legs. I thought, when working, that it was beginning to look like a mantel. It looked like a fake mantelpiece we had in our family room way back when. Associated with that mantelpiece is a great story. We adopted our Siamese Polly from a house in Blackjack, Mo. Brought her home. Later, my mother bought our fake family room mantelpiece from the same home. Polly and the mantelpiece were reunited, and she happily surveyed her domain from the top shelf of it.
Another personal thing about this work is the use of the croquet balls and goal piece and wickets. A guy tried to give me this stuff at a flea market. I refused and paid him. Why would you go to all that trouble and just give stuff away? Anyway, one of the only things I have which belonged to my dad, who died so long ago are croquet wickets made out of old wire hangers. Fashioned by him. This piece reminds me of that. The name of it is “From Blackjack to Florissant: Polly and her Mantel”, 2015.
The piece above, “F. Scott”, 2015. This piece was created in response to the fine little wooden touring car the universe sent to me. As in the people that Fitzgerald writes about, this car is poised to crash and burn. A slice of the passenger side of the car has been whacked off. I also had fun playing with white painted lines on some of the elements, which is unusual.
This piece is more about formal composition. It is all about circles. And it tilts to one side. Unnerving.
This piece is about 6-8 inches shorter than the norm.
The following piece was reviewed for my current exhibition at USC Sumter. It was created very early in the chair series and I wanted to see if the chair could be cut up and basically reconstruced within three rectangular windows.