Thursday, June 12, 2014

Liar, Liar - A Buried Treasure . . .

It's buried treasure time again.  Seth Apter from The Altered Page is hosting this really fun event again, and I am in!  Seth has been carrying on this tradition for the past 5 years, and although I have only participated once, I can tell you, it was a lot of fun.

This year, I'm sharing a post of an art piece is made last year, titled "Liar, Liar".  One of my all time favorite finished works. I hope you enjoy seeing it again, as much as I enjoyed making it once.

Original Post dated: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Liar, Liar"
The book used in this assemblage is a vintage copy (1926) of Charles Darwin's "Origin of the Species".  Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection has become the foundation of modern evolutionary studies.

First published in 1859, "The Origin of Species" provoked outrage from many as it implicitly contradicted the belief in divine creation. Darwin's critics were, and still are, numerous, vocal and very doubtful that observed biological complexity, especially in humans, could have developed simply.  Many of his critics still believe Darwin to be amoral and to have made up all his collected data.
Although Darwin’s theory has been modified over time, it remains fundamental to the study of life sciences. And the controversy still exists today among the Christian mainstream.

Although not readily accepted by the scientific community of his time, since it's publication, Darwin's concept of evolutionary adaptation through natural selection has become central to modern evolutionary theory, with the development of the modern evolutionary synthesis in the 1930s and 1940s. Today it is the unifying concept of the life sciences.

With this piece, my purpose is not to support or reject either argument surrounding the theories of  'divine creation' or 'evolution by natural selection', but rather it is to raise the questions again, about how the human race, as we know it, has come to be.

What do you think?

Mannequin head covered in papers, text, sewing patterns and embellished with clock gears.  A vintage "The Origin of the Species" sits on a wooden stand supported by brass drawer pulls.

July 6, 2013 UPDATE
I moved into a new studio last month, an artist community contained in a wonderful WWII building, originally used as army barracks for troops.  There are about 30 artists who have their studios here, and yesterday we held our 'First Saturday Open Studios' event.

This was the first experience holding an open studio.

Pictured below, is Morgan Ray, she stopped by my studio, and I was thrilled when she decided to take "Liar, Liar" home with her.   Thank you Morgan!


  1. Congrats on your sale. I was a great piece. I like the way you think. I'm always trying to think of how we came to be. My son always said it was evolution. Have a great day.

  2. I actually saw YOUR blog post and thought today was the day to post. Now I learn it's not till tomorrow. I'm a dunce. But I'm still glad you posted and we are early at least. I've always liked this piece and always enjoy your commentaries. Of course, I'm a scientist, so you know how I think (grin).

  3. Fabulous piece! Love the vintage quality!

    Wonderful Buried Treasure!
    All the best,
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  4. Your collaged mannequin head looks fantastic... I like every detail!

    Gaby xo

  5. Very thought-provoking piece! The title....even more so! I am of the other mind. Great post!

  6. How absolutely Cool is that piece!!! Truly an awesome Buried Treasure!
    Jackie ")

  7. very interesting creation, i like it!