Out On a Limb: Recorded Sound (2012)
mixed-media collage: antique engraving (Chatterbox magazine, 1874), trade card
(American Song Bird Series, No. 13, Brown Thrasher, Singer Sewing Machine Co., 1898),
and record sleeves (Brunswick Records, Columbia Grafonola); ink, watercolor,
acrylic sealer, and acrylic varnish. 6” x 6” on hardwood panel.
Well, there was a pile of antique record sleeves, which had been removed from LPs in the basement that we were ditching. After toying with framing one of the birds inside the round hole that showed the record's label, the idea was rejected. How could I cover up those beautiful Singer chromolithographs?! "No. No. No. No. No."
Well, I didn't say "never." The minute this ornate sleeve was put over the Brown Thrasher, I knew I was going for it. It was so visually striking and so different from the other pieces.
I don't say this often, but I love, love, love this one - and the other one that you will see tomorrow. Oh. That doesn't mean I don't like the dueling meadowlarks ... it's just fun to veer in a different direction.