Today's time in the dungeon "studio" was--if I may say so--quite productive. I completed this assemblage, which is housed in a 16 X 5 X 4" sewing cabinet drawer. Rarely do I complete an entire project in one day, so this is indeed a banner occasion.
The focal point of this assemblage is a tintype photo. The photo's subject, to me, has the look of someone who's seen the inside of quite a few saloons. So the piece's title is sort of tongue-in-cheek, celebrating his life of drinkin', smokin', and carousin'.
As with most of my work, this one also includes a fair share of found objects, such as strips I cut from various cigar boxes, an old medicine bottle, some .22 shells, and a metal Marbo heel plate.
Recently, a friend inquired as to why I never (I'm para-phrasing) "make any happy art?" Needless to say, I didn't answer her. How do I answer the unanswerable? I could have gone off on Americans and their ridiculous need to lump everything (including art?) into asinine dichotomies--but I didn't. I don't believe art can be simply categorized as either "happy art" or "sad art"; of course, I also don't believe in a lot of the other simplistic dichotomies that we Americans are trained to follow as gospel. I could have explained that my art, in general, isn't about "happy" or "sad"--but, rather, satire. But then I figured I'd have to explain satire--and I just didn't have the energy to do so.
Anyway, as it turns out, I just completed a piece that if I had to lump it into either sad or happy categories, would probably fall into the latter. And to be honest, it's not even satirical. It's nothing more than a tribute to those hours spent as a child, drawing and imagining--something I truly hope children today are allowed/encouraged to do. Here are some pics of the piece:
I don't know about you, but I often (almost always during the school year when I'm teaching) feel like I'm going to lose it. I have those moments when my heads feels like it's about to come unscrewed. This, I guess, is my homage to those moments. Some people seek therapy--I do art.
The piece was created in an old drawer. The assemblage includes a vintage photo (decapitated, of course), found objects (including a porcelain doll head and piano parts), vintage paper, and an old book cover (the inner lining).
Upper, middle, and lower detail shots are shown below. The dimensions are about 17 X 4.5 X 4".
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.