Artisan Search 2011
Collage and Assemblage Item # 1
MOTHER 18 x 7 x 6 inches
This piece celebrates all the things mothers are in a visual of found objects.
The container is a handbuilt piece from scrap lumber and is covered in a technique that gives the look and feel of old fresco – peeling paint and all. Cotton cording represents the strings of love that hold things together.
The inner portion consists of a found metal object with photo and the word MOTHER below it in various points and forts surrounded by a black cardstock frame. A found wooden thing a ma gig ??? that reminded me of a torso and became one. I placed it on top of a found and distressed rubber tire from a toy and a wooden wheel to give the illusion of a hop area. I built another box with shelves and added it to the bottom to form the lower body. The top of this box is graced with an old tape measure scrap and a piece of vintage lace. To the top of the box I also added pieces of rusty wire screen and manipulated it to form a dress or skirting. Scrunched black tuille trims the side.
Inside the box is a tiny spoon, a scrap of antique quilt, a bottle, nest/eggs, a pattern bundle, a rusty iron circle with an eye inside – each tagged and representing, respectively, nurturer, comforter, healer, life giver, role model/mentor, visionary. The whole things rests on a bible with the word counselor tag. And around that torso, where the heart would be, is a love charm and the word tage – friend. Behind it is a section that quotes the love chapter, IICor. 13, which starts love is patient, kind…