Family Tree

Various hardware materials, including wooden dowels, plunger, electrical tape, coated wire, twine, assorted wingnuts/washers/end caps. Approx. 18” x 15” x 15”. Created for Work/Life 3: The UPPERCASE Directory of Illustration.

The assignment: “Go to the hardware store, a grocery store or a flea market and select some objects to use in an assemblage or composition about you.”  When I received the assignment, we had recently found out that we would be expecting our first child, so my mind was filled with ideas of family and legacy-“building,” which tied in nicely with the hardware materials. Because I’m a little bit nuts (no pun intended), I elected to use hardware store materials exclusively, and did not incorporate any traditional art/craft supplies.

The names on the tree are meant to appear at first glance as an abstract cluster rather than as discrete individuals. Upon closer inspection, however, you can see that the tree is structured accurately and includes three full generations. Our pending new addition is represented by the swing.

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