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Alright, Sammy Sculpture

Jerry C Monteith

United States

Sculpture, Wood on Aluminium

Size: 21 W x 65 H x 21 D in

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I have always admired folk art, particularly that of Edgar Tolson, Miles Carpenter and not least of all, my father. I chose the whirly gig- a common folk art format as a key element of this piece, and added discs with text. The words that are paired when viewing two discs simultaneously critique an undue focus on craft. Ironically, Nevertheless, it is obvious that I have lavished a considerable amount of craft skills in making this work. At the base sits the main character from the children's book series, "Sammy the Seal", as if to say- with tongue in cheek, "Good boy- well done". Three hardwoods were used in making "Alright Sammy": cherry, walnut and pear. White formica squares cover the ends of some walnut blocks. The abbreviated hand is painted white, sanded and then covered with polyurethane varnish. The hand gesture may be read as a forefinger supporting a spinning globe- or a demeaning gesture, as in "flipping someone the gig."

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Sculpture:Wood on Aluminium

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Size:21 W x 65 H x 21 D in

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Much of my practice includes collecting and preparing wood from local trees. When I began this process years ago, the material came from friends or neighbors who cut down trees and offered the wood to me. Now I have many trees on my property that may drop large branches. Most require careful and regular pruning. Recently I was forced to take down a sugar maple that was rotting from the inside out. This provided me with a considerable amount material that is dense and quite excellent. It also provided much of the material used to make “Red Fence.” The scroll form in the piece was made with wood I saved from pruning pear trees some years ago. I’d like to think that my work functions like poetry, except it uses forms instead of words to evoke thoughts and feelings that lie deep and barely realized.

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