InProgress_LowRes_IMG_8040_2The wait is almost over. This piece, changing over and over, stopping and starting for over a month is finally on the “right” track.

The trick now is to make sure I can build this. The attachment points are mostly understood but invariably, “problems” will still arise and they will have to be worked out, one by one.

I landed on a “dot pattern” motif from the wooden die holder, to the beautiful chicken feathers, to the dot pattern on the decorative brass molding.

I do love using tintypes but I need to be careful. Although they add a kind of nostalgia, these images are very powerful elements that can take attention away from the overall piece. Also, in trying not to be too derivative of Joseph Cornell, I tend to stay away from collage or other photographic elements. The brass flower in combination with the tintype makes for a kind of memorial, not unlike a piece I did years ago called “In Memory”.

Perhaps I will call this “In Memory II”.