Three months ago in April I found myself fidgeting with a blank piece of canvas in a sectioned off back room of a gallery west of Chicago. I wasn’t allowed to go into the front room just yet, as I was to be introduced to the collectors with an introduction and Q & A once the room filled up. In that hour I sat there staring at this Mickey head over and over again, and wanted to create something from the anticipation. Much like the No. 14 piece “Home, Here is Love, Love is Here”, I wanted to find some element from the room I was occupying to get a creative kick start and ultimate one of a kind ‘in the moment’ fixture to the beginning of the piece.
I searched around, past the markers, and the paint, and brushes that already honed in on the area, and finally focused on the stamps that laid in perfectly organized format at the end of table. I quickly, and without hesitation, grabbed the ‘SOLD’ stamp, which clearly was for their sales slips on pieces that had sold, and began to hammer the canvas repeatedly over and over again. Honestly I had no idea what I was doing, but much like all of my work, there really are never mistakes, just layers and layers of work over each other, much like the waltz of time and sedimentary rock. And with that being said about time, before I could start actually working on the piece, I was called up to front of the gallery for my presentation, and the progress of this series, was not completed until a later date.