The Cradle Robber was inspired by a good friend’s tragic story of the stillbirth of her first child. She awoke on her due date to the loud, cackling sound of crows outside her bedroom window. My friend confided that when she heard that noise, she knew her baby was gone.
Inspired by a book of African death masks, The Cradle Robber was one of 20 found object assemblage’s included in “The Smile Series.” (Click to see the entire series) The series was the first artwork created after leaving Key West and moving to Eureka Springs in 1997. Almost all of the wood and objects for the work were found on my newly acquired Ozark land. A found bone used as the grinning smile was the collective and connecting thread.
This recent photo was taken as the sun was setting through our small portal window.