|This was my 2009 display at ConQuesT 40,|
a science fiction convention held over Labor
Day weekend. Clockwise from the upper left:
The White Dragon, A Nest in the Wildwood,
and The Wild Thing in the Weeds.
I finished it in the spring of 2009. I had just completed A Nest in the Wildwood, which had been in the works for nearly two years, following my first paper sculpture, The White Dragon. All three were made in a similar way: each has a somewhat abstract, acrylic background, with a fantasy creature made of white paper nestled into it.
Wild Thing completed the "white on acrylic" phase, for me. After I finished it, I felt I had explored that approach enough to feel satisfied. New ideas and variations had begun to beckon, and I moved on to the "twig dragons" with Denizen of the Winter Trees and Treetop Primaries in 2009-2010.
|Here's the original 2009 frame for|
The Wild Thing in the Weeds.
Apparently the potential buyers didn't like how it looked, either, because I didn't sell it. I did not include it in the collection I gathered for the "Great Leawood Wall" that provided so much inspiration for the reframing work I've recently described in earlier posts, regarding Windblown and Through the Arch.
However, when I was preparing for the Westwood (KS) City Hall show in March 2011, I decided to reframe it using a similar strategy to the one I'd used on Through the Arch.
|Here is the current reframing of The Wild Thing|
in the Weeds, prepared for the 2011 Westwood
City Hall show.
Reframed in this way, The Wild Thing in the Weeds became a strong new addition to the lineup in the Stiles Gallery at Westwood City Hall, in Westwood, KS. But I'm afraid I did have to raise the price.
|The Wild Thing in the Weeds started the north end of the lineup in the Stiles Gallery at Westwood City Hall in March 2011.|