|Here is Through the Arch in its original|
shadowbox frame. The frame is
barely larger than the tiny piece.
How would it look, I asked myself, if some of the appearance of depth was an optical illusion, while the rest of it was real? Would the combination work?
I liked the way the study was developing, so I decided it should not stay in my sketchbook to get squashed. Instead, I sized it to fit into a small shadowbox I had available. I was scheduled to do a series of displays in 2010 for the "Art in the Stacks" program of the Johnson County (KS) Library, so I was happy to add it as a new finished piece.
|Through the Arch, in its 4X8-inch frame, looked small next to the 15-inch-square earthenware piece, Four Seasons Courtyard, at the "Work: In Progress" show in September 2010 at the Central Resource Library.|
But then, in December, I faced the challenge of the Great Leawood Wall--a blank expanse of display wall at the Leawood Pioneer Library. I had to find a better way to give this small but interesting piece greater presence!
|Here is Through the Arch in its current frame.|
I found some matboard in the studio that I thought was compatible, and matted the piece out to fit into an 11X13-inch shadowbox frame. I placed the mat right under the glass, so the depth of the shadowbox could contain the backing box.
|Through the Arch hangs on the third wire from the left, in this photo of my December 2010 "Paper View" show at the Leawood Pioneer Library.|
However, my husband Pascal, who actually knows what he's doing with a mat cutter, looked at it after I'd prepared it, and pronounced the mat colors and frame size merely "adequate." He thinks a coordinating green mat and a smaller, 8X10-inch frame would work better. It's likely he's right, because he has a good eye for such things.
So who knows? Perhaps there's yet another reframing in the future, for Through the Arch.