Puzzled Pieces, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002
The twelve paintings of faces, on this 80 foot wall, began as a small (five by seven inches) blank cardboard jigsaw puzzle. It was made up of one to two inch pieces which were enlarged to approximately three by four feet and then cut out of wood to fit three sections of this wall.
Almost a year was spent creating and painting these twelve unusual faces, which the artist hopes will interest, amuse, and pique the curiosity of the viewers. Some are more easily identifiable than others. There are discoveries to be found in the details, as in the artist's puzzle-dream, for example.
The three vertical rectangular paintings, on this wall, started out as even smaller jigsaw puzzles. The original drawings were also enlarged to three by four feet and printed on canvas, then painted to bring you: "Extraordinary Athletes:, "Three Dogs, Three Acrobats, Two and a Half Ponies", and "Dancing Under the Stars, Sky, and Moon". The shapes of these characters show how they once fitted together. Now that they are separated they are on their own!
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