During our New Year travels, I picked up this mannequin hand at an artist's studio. There were more available for purchase, but I bought only one. It seemed like an odd purchase at the time but I knew I had to have it for a project. I've had the line "Your heart is a muscle the size of a fist" stuck in my head and when I saw this hand, I knew I could make it into something more.
It sat in my studio for a couple of weeks, just waiting for me to get an idea and the time. After having a very sad week, just full of sad news and feeling like I was carrying the weight of the world, I knew I had to make something or else just wallow in my own feelings. Wallowing is a bit of a waste of time, don't you think?
And then started constructing a shadow box for it.
The rest of the process wasn't photographed. Mostly because I worked on it an entire evening and just didn't think about the camera. I just had to work. Just keep my mind off of stuff.
And here it is. The opening is 4" x 6" and the frame around it is about 6" x 8". I used whatever little trinkets I found a the art store earlier that day and supplies I had around the studio.
The words are from a Ramshackle Glory song, "Your Heart is a Muscle".
Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist,
Keep on loving. Keep on fighting.
And hold on, hold on,
Hold on for your life.
Definitely influenced by little nichos. I'm starting to think that just mexican folk art in general has become a HUGE influence in my work lately.
This piece sold within a few hours of posting it on my Facebook. Super, super glad to be able to share my work with everyone!