28.12.05

Reliquary Angel I 15" x 7". This is a piece in the Reliquary series which also incorporates storm debris. I purchased the angel and the glass, but all three of the wood elements are from debris piles. To see more pieces in the reliquary series, please follow the link above. SOLD

30.11.05


Voodoo is created around a couple of pieces of what is left of my mardi gras costume collection. After 20 years down here, I had accumulated some fine costumes, and I regret their loss. The voodoo doll is from a mardi gras necklace-the year I costumed as a voodoo queen, I had a great time, handing out handmade dolls and bits of gris gris to unsuspecting tourists on Fat Tuesday. The snake came from the Medusa costume I made another year. The rest of the piece consists of a piece of broken mirror, a battered picture frame and a small acrylic platter. 12" x 12" SOLD

19.10.05

There have been many wonderful things that have come out of my storm experience and the best of these are the connections I have made with beautiful, loving people all over the United States. Several of these new friends have shared their lives with me as well, and I would like to post two poems which were sent to me. The first is by DC area poet DJ Gaskin. She purchased a piece of mine and as we got to know each other through email, she wrote this poem. To read more about DJ please visit her site at http://www.lionesspress.com/. The second is from Jim Curry, who lives in Rome, GA. Jim and I became acquainted during my stay in Rome a couple of months ago. He does not have a web site, but was kind enough to share this poem with me. I thank both of these people for their generosity in sharing their lives with me and allowing me to post their work on this site.

Artist of the Waters

for Lori Gordon

When the rains stopped

crashing and the ocean stopped

ravaging and the tears began

to slow,

only then, she stepped over

the rubble that was her own—

from plates to canvas,

from paints to shoes—stepped

into the rest, and began

to look.

Looking past the waste

of each castaway artifact—family

photo, mantelpiece, the post

of a bed, the leg

of a chair, a book, a comb, a still

life, a salt shaker, a magazine

cover in a language unknown,

a dog collar, a dress, the arm

of a doll—she meant

to see

beyond the tattered and torn and

broken things, to gaze

into the pain

of the loss

of each and the whole

that wove together each quilt

of a life. And in the seeing she began

to heal.



© 2007 DJ Gaskin



The Stream of Life

How wondrous is the stream of life;
She mostly gently flows,
And with ease she takes the varied turns,
As if intuitively she knows.

Some obstacles of nature
She encounters along the way,
But she molds herself around them,
Enfolds them as she may.

But let the mighty rains begin
Creating swell on swell,
And the stream of life from gentle state
Becomes a raging hell.

The result will not be pleasant;
There may be damage from the swell
And a sense that life has betrayed itself,
For all will not seem well.

But when the mighty rains subside,
Just wait, and you will see;
In time, a pleasant, gentle flow
Once more the stream will be.

James L. Curry, Jr.

20.9.05


Crescent City Streetcar centers around the damaged metal building which I have had since very soon after the storm. I never knew what to do with it until I paired it with the wonderful old metal sign, and the stained baking pan. I added a strip of handmade paper on the left for balance, and adhered several pieces of glass from that wonderful old smashed disco ball I found on the beach in Waveland. More of the glass tiles, a fragment of fine furniture, and three wood fleur de lis complete the piece. SOLD

Broken Angel was composed from a damaged dragonfly candle holder I salvaged from some debris pile, a clump of feathers from a hat which I picked up out of the debris of an antique store, a purchased frame, a mardi gras face, an old earring, and a circular wood piece with a metal bracket. SOLD

25.8.05


Parrot and Palms is made from a neat painting of a parrot, a furniture fragment, and a painted bamboo platter. SOLD

23.8.05


Francis and Friends was made from one of those dashboard Saints I picked up in New Orleans. It is attached to a plastic mirror with a salvaged Mexican tile and a recovered silver platter, to which I have adhered pieces from a saints bracelet. SOLD

23.7.05


Minstrel Saint is created from a wonderful battered plaster saint and child, an old telephone box, a salvaged metal planter box, and the back to a chair I dug out of a debris pile on Waveland Avenue. Two candles fit in the box on either side of the box. 17" x 21" SOLD
Our Lady of Guadalupe is composed from a dark skinned Madonna and child-another of those wonderful little car statues from New Orleans-, a Mexican painted tin box with glass, a molded plastic section of cheap furniture, several glass pieces, two wooden chickens and a painted piece of salvaged plywood.17" x 18" (Those are reflections on the glass at the bottom of the statue) SOLD

16.7.05


Garden District Altar is about all those beautiful homes in the Garden District in this most Catholic of American cities. I have always been fascinated by religious belief, and New Orleans has such a unique religious flavor. SOLD
18" x 24"

5.5.05


Garden of Plenty starts with the central human figure. He is surrounded withceramic leaves and fruit as well as a bird, and is mounted on a plastic "frame" as well as a metal platter. A button, tiny glass beads and glass leaves complete the piece. 21" x 22" SOLD

Lovebirds is composed from the lid to a heart shaped box and a set of wings mounted upon a fragment of fine furniture. SOLD

4.5.05


Little Boy Blue began with the small cobbler's she I purchased from a friend. It is paired with three small brass legs which came off a damaged platter, a wood hoop, the cover of a Mississippi Power meter box, and a painted wood shingle. SOLD

Winged Heart starts with the small wood heart in the middle of a wood box. It has been paired with another half-circular piece of wood and some plastic wings. SOLD

3.5.05



A Cultured Life was an interesting piece to put together. It went through at least a dozen different forms before I decided on the final elements. It is composed of a furniture fragment with a drawer and a lazy susan, an autoharp, a small metal disc, a metal frame which I purchased sometime after the storm, and two pieces of fine silver. 16" x 28" x15" SOLD

3.2.05

The Written Word is a thank you to my parents for instilling in me a love of reading. One of the last memories I have of my father was a picnic we all took a few months before his death. We were in a park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and dad read us The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, one of his favorite poems. This piece is composed of a stone sculpture of a woman with an open text, a mirrored platter, a piece of moulding, a drawer and the cast brass piece on the top. 13" x 16" x 5" freestanding. SOLD

7.1.05


Carousel is made from a rusty piece of shelving, a decorative wood and metal piece from post-Katrina Louisiana, and a fragment of a carousel horse which came from the beach in Bay St. Louis. 30" x 16"

1.1.05


Emily's Stories is about my beautiful daughter, and the stories she loved as a child. this piece is composed of a ceramic face, a fragment of an earthenware pot, a rhinestone neckpiece from a Mardi gras ball gown, a piece of metal shelving, plaster wings, a metal hand, and a painted piece of plywood. Sold

Sitting Kitty is composed from an acrylic charger, a piece of wood, a grater, and a carved wooden cat. 14" x 14" SOLD