One Year…explained

Posted: April 7, 2009 in My Life as an Artist, One Year...Explained, Scrapel Hill Art Exhibit, Uncategorized

One Year and Ninety-One Days (front)Well, since this blog is based on, and began with, my current exhibit titled One Year and Ninety-One Days, I thought there should come a time when I explain the symbolism and metaphores that are used in the artwork. No better time than now since the first of several special events is coming up. We have four days before the event and each day I will write about each of the four sides of One Year and Ninety-One Days. More information about the special events may be found at

Although the exhibit was carefully designed to be aesthetically pleasing from every angle, I would say the front of the exhibit is seen as you look at the front panel of the door. This, of course, marks the first day of the story that this display communicates to its viewer. 

The destruction of the door, while still evident with the fingerprint dust and mangled siding, has been slightly camouflaged. The splayed innards are sealed and the damaged locks removed. Rather than a doorknob dangling uncertain of its whereabouts, a thumbprint marks the territory in a rather valiant effort. The larger picture of the entire hand is cast over the greater expanse of the door in yellow as if to heed warning to any visitors from here on out. Dripping with a white substance, the entire image is meant to leave a haunting yet peaceful feeling for any viewer. 

The door itself is nestled in a base made of reclaimed wood that now records some of my thoughts and internal emotions during this time. It rests precariously back against another very integral piece of this exhibit which will be explained later. The fact that it is leaning back is indicative of the trauma, but perhaps more importantly, is the fact that it is being held up. This is to be taken away as the stronger of the two sides of this story.

Come back tomorrow when I describe the “right” side of One Year and Ninety-One Days…

  1. Alan says:

    Very cool piece of art. The story behind it is what makes it all the more interesting and moving. I look forward to seeing it.
    Thank you so much for this blog. Good luck in the contest!

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