Parts Series #43: “Views with Bells”

3/2/18, 14″ diameter x 6 1/2″ high, sculpture/mixed media: acrylic paint, marker, celastic, styrofoam round-headed pins, flotsam and jetsam from around the studio, bells, beads, gesso, tiny wooden houses, celastic roses, Flashe.

This is a three-dimensional painted construction I completed in response to a request by the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts here in Washington, DC. to be included in their annual Alchemical Vessels Fundraiser exhibition. Every year they hold a fundraiser in their gallery downtown in an effort to help cover their expenses for their healing work. Creating this sculpture was pure joy for me. It was lots of fun scouring the studio for this and that to include in the little windows I carved into the styrofoam substrate of the hemisphere atop the plywood base that they provided each artist. Some of the materials I used were: acrylic paint, marker, celastic (used in taxidermy), styrofoam, round-headed pins, bells, beads, tiny wooden houses, and Flashe, a kind of water-based paint.