This piece is in the show "The Art of Communication – 100 Artist Show" at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem, OR. The auction starts February 2nd and ends March 2nd. Here is your chance to own a piece of my work at a very special price. Note - This piece has since sold.
Another artist and I exchanged quotations. My piece was based on the quote for Kahlil Gibran "When I wrote on my door: 'Leave your traditions outside, Before you come in,' Not a soul dared to visit me or open my door."
At first I wanted to do something other than the obvious - but after weeks of thinking about it, I thought it wouldn't make sense not to do a man that opens his door.
All the pieces in the show had to be less than 12" x12", so I started building the door and the window to fit into that space. I brushed the wood for the door with a wire brush to bring out the texture of the wood. I also designed everything to be a little wacky - slightly skewed, out of plumb. Only the top part of the door opens - I wanted to hide the mechanisms behind the bottom part.
The head, sculpted from polymer clay. I did look at a couple of pictures of Mr. Gibran, but I was not going for an exact likeness.
The wall and the window. I created a stucco texture using drywall mud mixed with paint. I love this look, I might have to do it again.
My paint finish - I love how this came out.
The finished piece - 12" x 12" x 4 1/2"
Detail of the door.
As the door opens, he leans over to check outside.
A closer shot.
Behind the scenes......
This piece is a real step forward in my progression as an artist, and may be a sign of things to come......
Thanks for looking!