Completed shortly before I left California in 1989, this piece was made for an invitational show at the American Craft Museum in New York that was never actually held. It was to have been funded by the Dixie Cup company on the theme of “To Drink”, but funding fell through, and the show was cancelled. HUGE disappointment. Big investment- never shown outside my own display place. Ah! What foolishness is art making!
Here it is in my old gallery, a space adjacent to my studio for a good chunk of the 90’s. I loved that viewers were almost driven to touch it. I spent months making it for the museum show, and enjoyed every minute. I like committed, process-driven pieces.
Sold by a gallery in New York (I never received my share), this piece was one of three or four I did using plastic draped over objects to create my masters. I took molds of the tableau and cast it in glass with copper inclusions. They all sold. I would love to do more.
I’ve never known where this image came from- as though a painter of invented images knows where any of them come from. I painted with only black, white, and yellow ochre for a year or two, after my paints were stolen from my panel van, and I was flat broke as a student with a wife and a baby. I had read that in his lean years Rembrandt only used those three colors.