Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Chatterbox sat on my easel for almost 2 months. I poked around with it, found a few successes, but found myself stuck, and put it aside. Working on other paintings, chatterbox stayed in the back of my mind, trying to find the answer. The pressure started to mount, as I had two shows on the horizon that I wanted this piece for. Finally, three days before packing the van, it started to come together. I needed the megaphone!
Starting at the top, the first panel has a cardinal apparently calling out the name, which is stitched through the canvas. The typewriter images are photo transfers of a fabulous old typewriter that sits, rusted solid on my front porch. The bulls eye represents the epicenter of chatterbox's voice. Text behind the dress is from a spam email I received, a long letter filled with typos. The megaphones are linoleum block prints that I carved and printed on pattern paper. Below is a bit more of the letter, and a long, transparent glove. The last canvas has the bottom of the dress, with more megaphones, transparent this time, and a circular pattern in the background.
I think this piece pulls together the feeling I wanted of unending one way communication.
I finished this piece around midnight, the night before leaving for a show in Cleveland, OH. Scott framed it around 6 the following morning. Perhaps she should be renamed "Just in the nick of time!"