Leaping Over

Parts Series #31: “Leaping Over”, 11/12/02, 5” x 10 1/2” x 4 3/4”, mixed media.

This piece can either hang on a wall or sit on a horizontal surface. As a base, I began with a hanging shelf meant for use in a kitchen (for what?) that I found in a Goodwill store, a great source or I-don’t-know-what-all to inspire and encourage the odd waking dream and thought. Some of the materials included are paper clay, celastic (used for taxidermy), and wooden block shapes covered with printed designs glued onto them and painted over. The paint used is acrylic paint in colors as bright as possible–though not neon–covered in a very shiny varnish. The three heads–a bubble-blowing young kid, an orange cat with pink ears, and a rather worried looking character on the right–are attached to the back by pre-existing dowels protruding from the back of the shelf. One wonders what they were originally used for. The Hebrew script on the bottom is the word Pesach or ‘leaping over’. Happily, this piece has already found a good home.