Brenda Schweder from Now That's a Jig! tagged myself, Kelley Clarke and Cris Smith.
Let's Get Ready to Assemblage
In this corner, from Milwaukee, WI, weighing in at 2 oz., Gary Warren Niebuhr's Rusty Bent Nails.
In this corner, from Waukesha, WI, weighing in at 2 oz., Brenda Schweder's Pretty Little Plastic Pigs.
In this corner, from Oak Creek, WI, weighing in at 2 oz., Cris Smith's Pixie Faces.
In this corner, from Iowa City, Iowa, weighing in a 2 pounds(!!), Kelley Clarke's Electrical Piece of Machinery!
Only Kelley really followed the rules by hacking up one piece. The rest of us just found four versions of the same thing.
The first task was to try to think through a likely combination of these items. That did not start out well and then came to a screaming halt. I have no idea why this stymied me so much but the idea of how to combine these objects was very hard for me. I kept trying to put the pixie head on the pig through the metal object to know avail.
Then, after months, I decided to get back to this project and finish it. The key seemed to be introducing other elements to get me from concentrating only on the four objet trouves. So, I went to my stash of found objects and hauled out this old hunk of wood.
In a Michael deMeng workshop at Valley Ridge Art Studio I learned how to make wings out of steel wire, Apoxie Clay and pantyhose. I attached these to the back of the wood with a big old bolt.
I made a decision to deal with the pig by hacking it in half. Then, after sanding, it got a paint job in the style of the Oaxaca, Mexico, alebrijes, or wood carvings.
The pig went on the bottom of the board. I am still not sure why.
Then I stuck the metal piece onto the board with nails and more Apoxie Clay. This became the platform, or body, for the pixie head.
The pixie head was my undoing. I tried a number of things with the little beast until my sister suggested that its cherry little cheeks would always make it look like a pixie. That was it--I decided to alter the pixie from this
The head went on the body and now the idea of a vampire bat like creature preying on a poor pig came to the forefront. The teeth are from my friend Robin's weiner dog Woody (who is still alive--he just went to the vet dentist once too often).
The top of the board was rather boring. So I added an old buggy wheel and a nail with a round top to create a structure that makes me think of the radar that bats use.
The nylon wings had two dangling remnants that now extended from the bottom of the piece. They suggested legs to me so I wrapped some rebar wire around a pole to make the legs and then tied them onto the board.
Object Trouve Bat Boy!