These are the things I worked on today in my woodworking class: Yet another acorn! I finished it by drilling a 5/16ths hole in it, which really seemed like a beauty mark, or a dimple–it really amped up the appeal! Super cute! On the right is a self-portrait; I gave myself 30 minutes to create a piece with just glue (and a little sanding) and here is the result. Me! On the lower left are the main components of “La Piña,” my pineapple-inspired chair. Actually, aside from some sanding and waving stuff around, I did most of the work on the not-shown (and unlikely to be seen much when finished) supporting structure…that’s still on my bench. I was a little disappointed in my accomplishments today, but looking at this, I have to think, not bad.
Here’s a twisty self-portrait I made with jute and a silkscreened muslin. It’s a wearable piece of art; I would squirm into it and swing it around through the air, completing the piece.
This is a picture of grass I grew in the art gallery during the course of an exhibit I was in. When the show was over, I couldn’t bring myself to just toss out the grass, so I put it, and the little plaster houses (the small white forms in the grass), out in the metal yard outside the metal shop at the university. That little green patch was bright and vividly beautiful among the pieces of metal debris, cigarette butts and old pallets…an unlikely spot for signs of tender natural life.
This is the classroom/workroom for the woodworking course I’m in. Not a great picture, technically, but it’s a quiet, orderly image from this next chapter in my life and represents my choice to keep moving forward. I will continue to learn how to build things and here’s the place I’m doing it, for now. It’s one of my favorite images from 2017.