Coming and Going Are Like This: The Waiting Game at PDX
All dressed up and ready to go, here is the story of part of the journey of some of the “friends” I made from Bridal Veil all the way to the Portland International Airport.
I’d envisioned these wax figures with some as yet unmade paintings. Instead they may be found with other imaginary friends in an installation prepared by Greta Blalock, the Port of Portland Art Coordinator, titled The Waiting Game. Eight of my wax sculptures, up to 48″ tall, mix it up with ceramic figurative work by Jackie Hurlburt and Sarah Swink. The group, enclosed in a 40 foot black lined glass case just inside security at the D and E Concourse, is playful, charming, sophisticated and thought provoking. Most of all, though, it is dramatic.
Real life is full of its own drama and surprises. How figments of one’s imagination come to being is a mystery always-that is the magic of art. There is another magic at play though- in the midst of one’s own life with all the interconnected universes doing their things- from the ants doing their ant things to the moles, autumn leaves , best friends and enemies doing theirs- the connections one to the other make the real magic.
These figures represent the work of one year of my life. They embody the bonds of love, family, friendship, history, and tragedy as well as mistakes, both wonderful and awful. 1,000 joys and 1,000 sorrows and everything in between.