Two months before she died, M arrived at my studio with a present– an antique, wooden, prosthetic leg.
The leg had been in storage and the remnants of a packrats nest remained inside the hollow wooden structure.
M had seen the series of found object assemblages I had been working on comprised of artificial legs, rusted braces and old shoeshine boxes. She knew how much I would treasure the leg and was overjoyed when presenting it.
It was the perfect gift.
It sat upright leaning against my studio wall for months, a reminder of M, her life and death, and the fragility of it all.
Several creative attempts were made to work with the leg to no avail, until last month, when a small wooden letter “m” materialized.
Without hesitation the letter was glued onto the leg and my commitment to the piece commenced.
“M” will be part of The Word, a group exhibit where I asked 14 other artists to create work that simply incorporated a word or words in their piece.
The show will be on display at Brews in Eureka Springs, AR with an opening reception Feb. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. and run until Mar. 30.
Brews is located a 2 Pine St. across from the Eureka Springs post office.
Above : Detail of “M” – Found Object Assemblage – 2016
Below: “Inching Forward” – Found Object Assemblage – 2014
Below: “Resolution/Revolution”– Found Object Assemblage – 2015