Saturday, September 4, 2010

Thy Fearful Symmetry

I have been interested for some time in substituting printed cookie tin metal and other metal scrap for the silver sheet metal I once used -- the imagery can be wonderful and can stand as enameling might, rather heraldic.  So here's my first piece using a cookie tin, old leather bookbinding, antique school book pages, cobbler's linen, iron binding wire, rebar tie wire, an ormolu escutcheon, old Chinese coin, and a glass inlaid shirt button, which all came together under the tutelage of the artist I call Maestro, Keith ("No Glue") LoBue, and what-ho, no glue (or soldering) in this piece.  That day of lessons from Maestro was a real turning point for me, or more like the cairn you place when your trail makes a big turn headed to another mountain entirely.  The cookie tin was illustrated with knockoff imagery from Le Douanier, Henri Rousseau, who was thought to be a primitive in his day, but as so many "primitives" prove to be, was actually a visionary, and its title, of course, refers to the famous Tyger, Tyger Burning Bright, although in this case El Tigre is actually a jaguar, but you can see how Le Douannier understood the thing we project upon this magnificant wild animal.  This piece takes a bit of the form of a hand mirror, as though you saw El Tigre when you held a mirror to your face.  Wild Thing, you make my heart sing!  Can you dig it?




You make everything 
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Wild Thing




I think I  love you ...

5 comments:

  1. HI there, your work is reallllly interesting. I like it a lot. Love the mixture of materials you are using. Great to see another Washingtonian! Riki

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  2. Yow! Wonderful to hear from you Riki and David. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. I can dig it too!! hey thanks for becoming a follower! right back at ya and keep visiting...I love your workK!

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  4. Thank you so much for adding me to your blog role..I have been not doing much with my blog latly...so busy..

    I love your Mitz doll!!!
    I will add you to my reader so I can keep up with you!!

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