I was in the Sellwood neighborhood in Portland about a month ago after dropping a friend off at the airport and decided to stop in my favorite coffee shop there, “The Ugly Mug.” I noticed a cardboard box full of cigar boxes and inquired what they were for.
Come to find out, the shop was doing a little benefit. They were inviting artists to take a box create a work and then donate it, to be auctioned off to raise money for an organization, “Sanctity of Hope.” I decided to give it a go.
“The Cedar Tree” seen above is the creation I came up with. I decided to go for a very straightforward assemblage, keeping the materials much as I found them (with the exception of doing a copper finish inside the box and its patina). In terms of content I liked playing with a diorama format presenting a fairy-tale like story. The carved cedar tree I got this summer in Astoria, and I began with it. I liked the idea of an element growing out of the box- and then the lama character seemed like the natrual addition- as if the story in the box is some how contained within her.
Below is the show card for the benefit. If you have a chance come to the opening on December 4th and bid for some art. Bet you can get a bargain….. maybe even a Timmerman……