Monday, March 4, 2013

Sculpture and Monuments

Friends have a daughter who truly loves hamsters, and is heart-broken each time a pet dies.
Which is often since hamsters don't live that long. For lack of a proper memorial,  sometimes the hamster winds up in the freezer. What to do?
 Hamsters are originally from Syria. How about an Assyrian style monument?

I would have loved to carve a giant sandstone hamster sculpture like this one,
but it was 5 am, so I made a paper cut instead. It's much quieter and quicker.

 There's enough room on the "monument's" base for her to write the name of every hamster
she's ever had or is likely to have.

The paper cut is craft. Her interaction with it, documenting beloved pets over the years, makes it art.


Delphine said...

Very cute !!!

Beatriz Cunha said...

Lovely idea, very moving.

kramam said...

Beautiful paper cut. And what a lovely gesture to make this for her!

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Mike Turner said...

What a wonderful way to create an ongoing memorial and growing piece of art!

Patrick Gracewood said...

Thank you, all.
Much as I love (making) objects, I'm understanding that art is about making relationships and connections- within a work itself and with the work and its audience.

Theresa Cheek said...

Snif....being an ex hampster and the occasional mouse pet owner, I am touched by this. I love the way you added the Assyrian influence. The last sentence is poetry, you know that don't you?

Kevin Yonan said...

I am of Assyrian descent and I find it very refreshing that we're not completely forgotten as I had thought.

Nice artwork sir!