Studio, Meet the World

 When I am in the studio, I think that I am retreating from the world.  One of my recent pieces, however, reminds me that the world comes into the studio with me.

The piece is named “Wise Men Sailing…and the dish ran away with the spoon.”  Here’s a picture…

So, what is going on with this piece?

As I was listening to an NPR program about the economy in Greece, and how one woman had been working at her job without any pay for a year!  I reflected on the financial “wise” men who had created this circumstance as well as the effect of my own retirement plans falling into a void.  This led to making three figures with avaricious expressions, fired in a fume fire for that burnt look.  I put them in a boat because three figures in a boat resonates with the old poem “Winkyn, Blinkyn and Nod”.  I had a pyramid piece that was perfect as the base.  Because the whole situation is so impossible to understand, I put them in their fantasy boat on top of a pyramid, and added the dish and the spoon to refer to the nonsense of the nursery rhyme.  Zombie masks rim the boat…my commentary on the wisdom of these men.  Even though the work was developed over many months, I still have not come to any better understanding of the financial situation!  “…The little dog laughed to see such sport, and the dish ran away with the spoon.”

Judy Nelson-Moore

Santa Fe, New Mexico 2012

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