This series began with a Christmas gift. I received a wooden gift box full of goodies from a good friend. But I wasn’t so much interested in the contents of the box as the box itself. It looked like a blank canvas to me. So I tracked down the source of the boxes and purchased more of them. Then I waited. Soon after, a Talking Heads song began playing over and over in my head. I didn’t understand why the song wouldn’t leave me alone, but I listened, and waited. Ideas began to flood in. I didn’t analyze them, I just acted on them. Soon enough, the boxes became chapters in a story and the lyrics from the song became a repeating theme. Though it was not my original intention, the series turned out to be my story of trauma and redemption.

One of the things I love best about art is that there is no requirement for ordinary logic. The creative process works best for me when I accept without judgment the ideas that come. Getting out of the way is another way of putting it. I have faith that the process will work itself out and that I don’t have to have all the answers before I start. At the best of times, it feels like channeling or performing improv in front of a live audience. It’s absolutely thrilling.

Afraid of the Dark
(front and detail views)
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8.5" x 7.5" x 4"
Wood, plexiglass, acrylics, found objects
Spilled Milk
(front and back views)
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8.5" x 11" x 4"
Wood, plexiglass, acrylics, bark, photo transfer, found objects
My Lips are Sealed
(front and back views)
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8.5" x 7.5" x 4"
Wood, plexiglass, acrylic, photo transfers, batiked eggshells, silk, found objects
Say Something Once
(front and back views)
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8.5" x 7.5" x 4"
Wood, plexiglass, acrylics, photo transfers, batiked eggshells, found objects
Can't Seem to Face Up to the Facts
(front and back views)
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8.5" x 7.5" x 4"
Wood, plexiglass, acrylics, batiked eggshells, silk, found objects
Trophy
(front open and closed views)
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8.5" x 9" x 4"
Wood, plexiglass, acrylics, photo transfers, found objects
Qu'est Que C'est
(front and back views)
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8.5" x 7.5" x 4"
Wood, plexiglass, acrylics, photo transfers, dirt, glue, batiked eggshells, found objects
The Only Way Out is Through
(front and back views)
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8.5" x 7.5" x 4"
Wood, plexiglass, acrylics, photo transfers, found objects, fishing line
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Photography by Jay Bachemin Photography, Cincinnati, OH. (Email - Web Site)