Monday, August 27, 2012
Big Tears 2012
I prefer not to take any of my own materials, and I borrow or scrounge everything I use. In this case, the background color was from a tossed palette full of lovely yellow paint. The bar codes in the body were from a FedEx label, and the tears and blue hat were all scraps of magazines or paper that I found floating around the studio. The head was from an old magazine from the 40's which showed a disturbing photo of two men involved in some kind of unpleasant activity on one side and on the other were photos of concentration camp prisoners waiting to be released. Chris had bought in a box of material that once belonged to Stan Vanderbeek, the American experimental filmaker, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvmXDeNGy3s and I pulled it from that box.
As I was working on the piece a family came through, a father with two young girls, probably 7 and 9 years old. They stood as a group around my table and watched for a moment . Then the father commented with some alarm, "Oh my, he's crying, isn't he?" With that, he quickly turned to the girls and said, "But we're happy today, aren't we?" The next time I looked up, the girls were being hustled away, their father's body shielding them from any more glances at my collage.