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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.