Today is Veterans Day, an official United States holiday observed on November 11th, that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918).
Having said that. I don't know where I was going with this piece. I think the overall influence came from the current state of our world: War and conflict. Death and sadness in so many places. That is all we see on TV, what we read on-line, and what we hear on the radio.
It's not just ISIS and the whole middle-eastern 'thing', but what about the 40+ students kidnapped and murdered in Mexico, the Ebola epidemic in East Africa, global warming and our politicians in Congress in full denial mode. . . .
I guess the days I worked on this piece, I was feeling all of it coming down at once.
All that aside, the finished piece is actually fun and whimsical. You can pick it up, take it out of it's cradle and play with it. The sound of the BB's rolling around is quite soothing.
They are beautiful to look at, aren't they?
Two identical wooden frames covered in vintage dictionary pages. The front frame contains a glass cover, the back frame is secured with a thin piece of wood.
The toy soldiers, an estate sale find, I was told are from the Vietnam era.
The red beads are actual plastic AMMO! (I found whole jar at a recent garage sale)
They are beautiful, aren't they?
The stand is made from a wire cassette tape storage unit, cut in half and inserted into a piece of scrap wood that has also been papered in text.
I would really like to know what you think about this piece.
How does it make you feel?
Does it conjure up unanticipated feelings?
Thanks for stopping!