“Figures in Speech”, my new series in hand painted polyresin and found material originated in September 2008 as a response to the economic downturn. The figurative, realistic work is based on my belief that humor is an antidote to tough times.
In this series the humor stems from fun with the use of language, a sculptural visualization of a play on words. Pig in a Blanket is the first piece in the group of sculptures which include Bagels and Locks, Hot Dog, Holy Cow, Tee and Lemon and Peeking Duck. Soon to come: Flying off the Handle.
When the economy tanked in September, people’s stress was palpable. I felt compelled to alter the focus of my work to meet the changing needs of my community. I recently read a book written about WWII which stated, “The old adage - humor is the best way to make the unbearable bearable - may be true.” I believe this absolutely.
The work elicits a smile from everyone. The sculptures are colorful and whimsical. In this time of unemployment, foreclosures and Ponzi schemes, a smile is a perfect response to my art; it helps me feel connected to my neighbors, empathetic yet upbeat.