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Dioramas

Ok, Zoomer

Last winter, the Hamilton Gallery presented the Bearing Witness show online, not knowing how/when the pandemic was going to resolve.

Lucky for all, it will be in person this summer! I had submitted Pestilence Rides Out for the digital show. I’ve been collecting my thoughts and objects regarding this time in our lives, and decided to make another piece for the in person exhibit.

I’ve watched my daughters finish their respective school careers online. I’ve worked remotely for over a year. And attended many meetings on Webex, Google Meet, and Zoom.

Shadowbox diorama that looks like a zoom call with 20 characters.
Same: Shadowbox diorama that looks like a zoom call with 20 characters.
framed shadowbox hanging on a gallery wall

A lot of these characters kept me company and/or otherwise occupied throughout the pandemic. I take my mask off to them, my good friends.

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Animation

Everything is Over

Here’s a quickie I did, to support my old college pal, Frankie Rollins. Her new book is called The Grief Manuscript. It’s powerful and moving and sad and about divorce. It’s available on Amazon, of course.

This animation is drawn from imagery in the manuscript.

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Dioramas

The Widower Tailor and The Story of His Scissors

The Clock casement

I found this amazing mantle clock at the thrift store – the same day I found the Arister clock, in fact.

I found this notice in the back of the clock, and as a point of interest, I read several articles about this company. It’s not reverent to this story, however, so I’ll write no more at this time.

Revere Telechron documentation

Here is a little known piece of lore which I would like to share with you. A pair of scissors that was once owned by a late widow or widower seamstress/tailor/cloth merchant can be endowed with special properties, upon their passing. On the thirteenth day of the thirteenth month, one can peer through finger holes of the handles, and if the moon is bright, one can see into the Land of the Dead.

It is this lore on which the Revere Telechron Diorama is based. A widowed tailor made this discovery, and began to collect scissor, hoping to offer relief and hope to the most severely grief stricken among us.

A look inside the clock window
A skeleton, a Beetle Tailor, and a bust
A skeleton and a Beetle Tailor

I added a light inside the clock housing, and it makes for a nice atmosphere in there. The Tailor is conducting scissor research with his late companion, and consulting a list of deceased seamstresses, tailors, and cloth merchants.

You may have also noticed that The Tailor has a copy of A Map of What is Known of the Land of the Dead. He’s a very thorough researcher.

Here are some work in progress photos I took while working on this.

A table with scissors
A beetle holding scissors
Parts of the diorama before assembly

And, so, as the Tailor continues to grow and document his collection of scissors, he’s made some available for the rest of us to use.

I hear tell that some of his scissors will be available at the Hamilton Gallery during the month of October, 2019. Pass it on.

vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors

It might look something like this….

scissor display at Hamilton Gallery
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Dioramas

Santa Muerte Portrait

One of a set, Santa Muerte is a cousin the the Four Horsemen.

Santa Muerte Portrait
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Dioramas

Joie de Mort

Earl Grey

Waking up in the Land of the Dead, our protagonist finds they are not alone! What Joy! What fun, to start the next adventure companionably and fortified with excellent company!

Full view into Earl Grey tin

Joie de Mort