Friday, November 22, 2013

"Talk To The Hand" (again)


"Talk To The Hand"
This is one my very early pieces. I thought it deserved a second viewing, not because very few people saw it when it first appeared, or because it happens to be one of my favorite pieces, or because I don't have any new work to show you . . . no, it has nothing to do with any of that.
The real reason "Talk To The Hand"  is being granted an encore appearance  is because my computer crashed yesterday, and I am unable to access any images of my new work. . . . alas! what to do? what to do? 
I feel like I am literally 'talking to my hand' trying to figure out what I will do if everything is lost and cannot be retrieved . . .  
To this plea, my husband's advice was: 'you will start over and next time you will routinely back up all your data.'  
He is right you know, and it's not like I had not been warned, because I had.  

This situation feels so out of my control. It feels disastrous. And yes, I am having a 'pity party', but I will get over it soon enough. I ask again: what to do? what to do? 
I will start over, and I will start by re-posting this piece, one of my early favorites: 

A glass lidded cigar box lined with vintage wooden dominoes and covered on the inside with hand woven cloth from Peru. A porcelain doll's head talking to her hand, seemingly wanting to know the future by any means possible. On the backside is a tattered image of Frieda Kahlo. Above Frieda's head is the word 'sonrisa', and the message is finished in the front using typewriter letters spelling out the word: 'diablo' (smile to the devil). Brass suitcase drawer pull on top for handle, and golden tassel on the side for color. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Laws of Unintended Consequences

"Laws of Unintended Consequences'

In the social sciences, unintended consequences are outcomes 
that are not the ones intended by a purposeful action.
An interesting concept, wouldn't you say? 
I believe that when most people take an action, they do it with good intentions. Unfortunately, there are factors, often out of our control, that come into play. Sometimes the outcome of our actions are favorable, sometime they are unintended.

This piece speaks to so many of the consequences that are a result of human actions. Work, love, marriage, education, war, health, the environment and the arts . . . sometimes things work out the way we plan other times they do not.
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This piece began as a beautiful wooden box that formally contained a bottle of 30 year old whiskey.
Inside mementos reflected by a mirror in the back of the box include a tuba, a small circuit board, a white heron, a soldier in a test tube, a bride and groom, a 6-pack of beer, a hammer, and a porcelain doll's hand . . . to name a few.
Do you see Mickey's ears?

I find myself working in smaller and smaller formats. Most of the time I love the end result, small formats, however, make it extremely difficult to photograph a finished piece, so here are additional images to reveal the detail.

This piece can be wall hung, or displayed on a table top.