Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Things Were Different in 1959"

“Things Were Different In 1959"  
A silverware drawer provides the compartments to tell this story about life in the 50’s. I grew up on a farm in south Texas. On the farm we went to a Curandera (a medicine woman), not a doctor. We prayed to god and sang along with the “Mouseketeers". We played, we laughed and we wondered about a world bigger than our own. Our home was happy, it was safe and it was filled with stories, some mysterious and some wondrous.
Although we left the farm years ago, the memories are fresh and filled with mystery and wonder, still . . .
A Salvation Army bell, a Mickey Mouse toy, a rosary and other found objects tell the story inside a wooden drawer. The glass covered drawer is collaged on the inside with maps, an original vintage photograph of someone's grandmother, a hand written letter dated 1959, and anatomy images from Altered Bits. The backside is collaged with pages out of a "Gray's Anatomy" volume, a hand cut image of the human head is layered on top of the text.  (click on images to enlarge)


  1. Very cool! I love the use of the drawer as a canvas with depth. And so many memories. :-)

  2. I confess. I've been gone a LOT for nearly two weeks. It is fun to sneak away from company and check my blog posts and see who has posted. Thanks for the very sweet remarks about my latest piece. I have to admit, one of MY favorite sayings is the alligator. Only my saying reads "main objective" instead of "initial objective." It threw me as I was reading along and loving that piece.

    I grew up a bit later than you, but I felt no less safe. We didn't have a TV because my Grandparents insisted on school work rather than entertainment or Mouseketeers. The day I graduated from high school, they bought their first TV. Go figure!

    This assemblage represents a gorgeous bit of history and lots of fond memories. I REALLY like how you find wonderful and unique substrates for your assemblages. Hope your Thanksgiving was awesome.

  3. I love this, a perfect representation of a simpler and slower way of life... it makes me wonder what today's kids will carry with them and have to look back in 60 years... a few text messages and digital photos of friends who seem incapable of keeping their eyes focused or their tongues in their mouths!!

  4. Fantastic Rebeca. I particularly love the pencil points. penny

  5. I think I operate in a similar way to you-artistically speaking. This is very appealing to me as I often work with vintage images and recycling. I am now following and will visit again soon. Lou

  6. I love viewing these assemblages--the best way to honor the past. And you're so right--it's a different world today--I'm glad that I grew up when I did.

  7. I really love your creations---love the Grey's Anatomy of 'articulations' with picture of head and neck imposed on top. Very cool!

  8. Rebeca - sending you some blog love...I've given you the Liebster Blog Award - congrats! learn more about it here -
    BTW - love the collage!

  9. Amyd's blog led me to yours, and I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your work. Classy, classic...quirky!

  10. I love this "cabinet"...such a great assemblage piece...lots of fun and memories here!!!

  11. I love the art you have created in these silverware drawers. There is something so wonderful about darawers . . .

  12. This is assemblage looks gorgeous!
    I was doing some blog hopping and found you. What a lovely blog you have! I adore mixed media art!

    Best wishes for a super 2012 - with lots of creativity, good health and joy!