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
Artist of the Waters
for Lori Gordon
When the rains stopped
crashing and the ocean stopped
ravaging and the tears began
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
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
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
© 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.
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
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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"
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
"Northeast Quadra nt" from The Katrina Collection The Katrina Collection is a series of mixed media assemblages which incorpor...