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The Katrina Collection is a series of mixed media assemblages which incorporate storm debris from Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. There are approximately 1000 pieces in the collection to date, so most of the pieces are in the archives, located on the right hand side of the poage-just scroll down a little bit.
Elixer of Life was created from a wood box from which I salvaged the lid for another piece. A different lid has been attached and is hinged to the box. On the front I adhered a New Mexico license plate, a paper mache platter, and a carved wood figure. On the inside, there is a primitive cloth crow, a cast of an fossilized ammonite, several fragments of my jewelry (post Katrina) and a page from "Elixer of Life" by Alexandre Dumas. SOLD
Prayer Rug was created with a fragment of a rug which I picked up off the beach near Clermont Harbor right after the storm. With its oriental style, it marries perfectly with faux metal coins I picked up in Istanbul, a brass platter and a wood fabric stamp from India, and a wood box.
Early Morning Hours was created from a scrap piece of plywood, the metal frame of an oversized clock, a bamboo charger, a piece of oak flooring, and an image on canvas of one of the early pieces of the Katrina Collection. The image of the rooster appealed to me because I am an early morning kind of person-often up and about at 4 am, my favorite time of day. SOLD
Willard, Patron Saint of Time and Temperature was created from a fragment of a watch, a broken thermometer, a wood platter, an unidentified piece of something-doll furniture?-the handle to a drawer, a head of polymer clay, and metal wing. You have to be a person "of a certain age" to appreciate the humor in the title! SOLD
Voodoo Traveler was created from an old suitcase, a wood drawer, and a voodoo doll which I had made and gifted to my daughter just a few weeks before Katrina. Her house flooded to the rafters, and I rescued this doll from that house. SOLD
Home for the Holidays is from my traveling salesman series. It was created from two picture frames, the lid to a box of some sort, two acrylic santas, and part of a suitcase. The image in the center is very Victorian-looking; two little girls gazing wistfully out at the viewer.
Geometric Saint was created from Mexican window guard, scrap beadboard from my new home, a fragment of cheap furniture, a slat from a flower barrel that did not survive Katrina, anoth piece of scrap wood, a plaster god's head from Cyprus and acrylic wings.
Ammonite Jurassic is from the Found Object Mosaics series. I began this series when I started looking through the countless, very small pieces of storm debris from Katrina which I had not yet sorted. I started this particular piece with the cast ammonites which I had recently acquired, and incorporated a variety of small items which work with the fossil theme of the piece. I have a sizeable collection of fossils, picked up during my time in the Dakotas, and i have an endless fascination with them. Many of the other objects were recovered from my file cabinet of jewelry pieces after Katrina. SOLD