Valentine's Day is a week away. Now, I know that I come across as a gruff old fart--and ninety percent of the time that's a fair assessment. Sometime, though, my soft, chewy center is revealed through my art. Case in point, this piece--entitled Unrequited--from a couple of years ago. Constructed in an 18" x 6.5" x 4" antique, handmade (by someone other than me) wooden box, this free-standing assemblage tells the story of unreturned love.
Generally, my work is not theme-driven. More often than not, though, a theme will reveal itself to me during the creation process. However, there are a few instances when I have a theme in mind going into a project, and this assemblage is an example of that. Unrequited features two halves of a vintage photo. If you've followed my work, you'll notice that I frequently incorporate vintage photos. I love using these old pics because they tell me stories (granted, the stories are usually a bit twisted, but occasionally I stick to the traditional) which can influence my creative process.
In this case, the old guy (in my mind, he's named Jedidiah) has been courting Diane without much success. Mind you, Jed's no quitter; in fact, he's been wooing this lady for the better part of their adult lives. He's sprung for a ring and popped the marriage question, but for some reason Diane's kept her heart locked up.
I'll let you fill in the rest of the story. Check out these images:
If you love, or even just "like" (apparently, that's as far as Diane's willing to commit) this assemblage, it is available for purchase. It's not listed as one of the items in my online store, but if Unrequited is something you'd like for your very own, shoot me an email at email@example.com, and we can work out the details. I do have a PayPal account if that helps.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.