Hope is in the Ocean

Here’s an empty can of clams – well, it was empty.

An old can of bumble bee clams
A woman coming out of a fish holding an anchovy eel
Hope is in the ocean.

CHARON, THE FERRYMAN SHADOWBOX DIORAMA REVISITED

It was a little over a year ago that I made the first Charon shadow box. This is for an upcoming show at the Hamilton Gallery, and it seemed like a good “warm-up” for the upcoming work I will be making for this show.

This measure 10″ x 10″ and it about 2″ deep, and shows Charon guiding a ship through the Dead Sea toward the Land of the Dead.

Detail of Charon guiding a ship through the dead sea.
The assembled diorama, with Charon guiding a ship through the dead sea.
Detail of the ship and its layers, cut from paper.

Any Port in a Storm

Hand with Altoid tin
Man's Face
Inside the diorama
Detail shot

And here is what really is going on inside that head…

The Ghost of Triton

My dad and I used to eat smokey kippered herring on saltines, when I was a kid. The tins came with a key that would open the can. If you didn’t do it correctly, a little metal tab would snap off and it was difficult to get the can open.

This scene shows the ghost of Triton, haunting his old haunt. He’s accompanied by old friends. All the eyes glow in the dark. All the eyes except his.

Triton, detail - top of diorama

Triton, detail - middle of diorama

Triton, detail - bottom of diorama

Drink like a Fish!

Here is another piece that is part of the ArtScape exhibition Ebb & Flow.

Artscape runs from July 17-19. Please go to the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Fox Building; 1301 Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21217.

My original sketches have a lot of sea detritus to accompany this fishwife. I opted to go with “less is more” and left it out of the final version (although I did enjoy cutting out several fish skeletons).

This is the first diorama I’ve completed in one of several copper and aluminum fish molds that I recently acquired.

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Her scales alone took me (almost) 3 days to complete. I made each row separately and attached with shims underneath to raise them ever so slightly.

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I also have spoons in this show, all of which are for sale. I hope to see you at Artscape!