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Once again, the end result went through multiple iterations, a few failures, and plenty of rearranging.

I thought of the planet Mars, the Red Planet (color choice was determined by what ancient tubes of acrylic were lying around in a drawer – cadmium red got the nod), and wanting to create a space station out of recycled rubble. Well, the 3-D aspect didn’t work well,and everything was already red. Enter the memory of Louise Nevelson, whose work I have always enjoyed. A conceptual artist, she often used small scale found objects to make massive sculptures, generally monochromatic, and often in black and white. Looking closely at her piece Royal Tide I, 1960, you can see how varied her finds were.

So, back to the 3 x 5 in red, more drawer finds were added: paper clips, another golf tee, two tiny golf pencils, a penny, a miniature safety pin (you know, those kind that are so small you can never get them fastened).

I enjoy the red effect; especially since red reads as black when photographed in black and white. This made me think of the extraordinary correspondence, based on impressions of color, between John Berger (art historian and writer) and John Christie (filmmaker and artist) I Send You This Cadmium Red; quote from John Berger: “Red is not usually innocent (look at this one). But the red you sent me is! It’s the red of childhood. A pretend red. Or the red of young eyelids shut tight – the red you saw when you did that.”

In any case, loads of fun emerged from this trial by error adventure!