Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Art from "...of Things Past"
We bought this large woodblock proof (1/1) by Sharon Merkur a few weeks ago from "...of Things Past"*
It was love at first sight. She caught my eye from across the room. My heart started to beat a little faster as I navigated around chairs and occasional tables with my two little ducks following behind me. I was hoping it wouldn't be too expensive. Since it had been in the store for several months, it was reduced by 50%! I called my husband over,
"What do you think?"
"I don't know anything about buying art."
"Just tell me if you hate it."
"I don't hate it."
He stood guard while I fetched a clerk to take it down from the wall. It came as you see it, floating in double glass with a thin brass frame.
To me, she is a mother worn down by life. For some reason, I can't imagine her not as a mother. I think there was a large family, probably a handful of boys, maybe she had to work a night job to bring in additional income. I don't see grief...she doesn't make me sad. I love that she is gazing away, she doesn't seem to know what to do with her hands. I even love her wide bottom.
The technique is gorgeous and my photos do not do it justice.
I'd love to hear what you think!
*We bought this before the store's recent clear out sale, so the walls were full of interesting pieces. ...of Things Past will definitely be a place I check first when I want new art.
ps. we intend to hang it from the bookshelves. The left side of the french doors.