Monday, April 23, 2012

"What is the Matter With Mary Jane?"

Very happy!  "What is the Matter With Mary Jane" was juried into "Contemporary Realism;" Juror, Tara Smith, Deputy Director of Oceanside Museum of Art; Reception, May 12, Escondido Municipal Gallery; 5:30 to 8:00.

Assemblage--all found and recycled objects (see below for more details)

What is The Matter With Mary Jane?

I have had the little girl figurine for several years, a thrift store find. She had been sitting alone in this box for quite a while, waiting for a story to come together.  With the upcoming EAP exhibit, "Contemporary Realism," two weeks away, I decided it was a good time to try to create an assemblage with her as the main character.  Putting an assemblage together is similar to putting a puzzle together, just finding the right pieces to tell a story. All of the elements used were collected here and there over the years.  I love the way this piece came together.  I did not try to get the reds to match, they just did--an old child's block, the sand timer, and the curious wooden rings.  Serendipity at work again. 


Photo details of assemblage: all found and/or recycled items. My maternal great grandparents, the Rubels, are second from left in the photograph. The nursery rhyme is a transfer page from "Rice Pudding," out of A. A. Milne's book, When We Were Very Young.