First of all big thank you to everybody for reading my blog and emailing me with best wishes. Hope to see you at the exhibit (12 North Beach artists) at Live Worms Gallery on Thursday, June 26, from 7-10 P.M. The Gallery is located at 1345 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, between Vallejo and Green. Come one and all!
I'm thrilled to say that my papercuts are getting a fantastic response, ships are sailing off to LA and dancers dancing their way to different corners of SF. I'm getting new ideas and finding inspirations in anything and everything: reading the Chronicle's Datebook made me think of even trying to papercut Mick LaSalle's film reviews, they always seem so well written, perfectly formed and unique and leave me with a feeling of wanting to do something with them. To go back to reality...belly dancers could possibly be added to the team, zebras might be getting some unexpected spots and the unsuspecting sailor might find himself stranded on the ship's mast...I'm looking forward to playing and exploring the world of papercuts. Inspirations are a plenty.
Like our pet mask, Rusty.
He's quite an inspiration indeed. He's got an incredible history, coming from the Songe tribe of eastern Congo, and a few famous relatives influencing the art world. Like Picasso, for instance. Yes, no kidding. Rusty's great aunt, from the neighboring Pende tribe, inspired the famous painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. The figure on the far right is a spitting image of Aunt Marla, the most potent ritual healer in central Africa. Take my word for it.