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 

Wild Thing

I think I  love you ...


  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

  2. I can dig it.
    X David, NYC

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

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

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

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