Sunday, December 30, 2007


People are intrigued by faces. We love to look at others. However we are embarrassed to be caught staring.
Here are some sculptures of faces designed to be hung on the wall.
They are Ingratiate, Sad,
Abashed, Shout,
and Disgust.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka wrote stories of people in impossible situations. His subject matter was the absurd, alienation and entrapment. His themes reflected his own situation. He has tuberculosis eighty years ago. At that time there was no cure. He was a Jew in central Europe after the end of the First World War. Two decades later, if he had lived that long, he would have been killed by his neighbors. He grew up in Prague, studied in schools that taught in the German language. Before the war, Prague was part of the German speaking Austrian Empire. After, it was the capital of Czechoslovakia. The local language was Czech. He of course, wrote in German
The two principal characters are Gregor, who wakes up one morning to find that he has changed into a dung beetle, and his sister Greta who cares for him, though less so as the dynamics between parents, the sister and Gregor evolved.
I selected the singer Madonna to model Greta. I pictured her wearing a traditional German dirndl dress.


Gregor, I made as a rather colorful if not fanciful dung beetle.

In the story, his father throws apples at Gregor, to force him back into his room. One of the apples gets stuck in his back between the shell sections, where his is unable to remove it. the family finds him so disgusting that no one would touch him, much less remove the apple.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Hillary, A Hell fo a Gal

She is running for President. She wants to get back to her old address on Pennsylvania Avenue. Good for her!

Be that as it may, this is a three dimensional political cartoon in clay.
The reference for this sculpture is the Garden of Earthly Delights by H. Bosch. Hieronymus Bosch 1450 – 1516, a resident of the Netherlands, who had a successful career as a painter of religious visions. There are three panels to this painting. The panel on the right was a depiction of hell. While many of the tortures of hell are depicted as musical instruments (husband Bill’s saxophone might fit in), I picked another figure. That is the hollow body supported by two trees growing out of two boats floating in water.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

IMUS: Do you like my NAPPY HOSE?

Funny how you can miss hear things. When the news broadcast the story about Imus and his "nappy headed ho's" remark, I was only half listening.

Even though she does not appear to be ready for the Rutgers womens basketball team, this sculpture pictures what I thought I heard.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Is it Fish eating man or man-easting fish?

So, Nu? What is it: Man-eating fish or fish eating man?
This is a series of three sculptures, designed to hang on the wall, showing that situation.

The first is an imaginary fish eating a diver.

The second is an elaboration of the first. They are now in a sea of waves, the dive flag floats on the surface. Bright colors and some white water distinguish this from the rest.

The last depicts a real fish, a goldfish. Of course the fish is bigger than the man. Murky colors depict the depths of the sea. At once we see the sea shells on the ocean floor and the giant wave of water on the surface about to overtake them.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


The sculptor Constantin Brancusi had favorite subjects that he sculpted. One was "Mademoiselle Pogany." I have my favorites as well. Here is "Madam F." Notice the curvature of her head with the short hair style and the big upper eye lids. Here she is driving on that scary road of the road racer, on hills not seen in South Florida.

Sunday, April 29, 2007


My motorcycle is a 2000 Kawasaki W650. This is a 7/8th scale model of its engine.

Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis (1916)


Written by Franz Kafka

Paperback, 224 pagesBantam Classics Fiction - Classics February 1972 $5.95 978-0-553-21369-0 (0-553-21369-5)

Franz Kafka was born in Prague in 1883. His parents sent him to schools that taught in the German language. Consequently, he wrote his stories in that language. He was well educated, earning a law degree in 1906 and was employed in the insurance industry. He contracted tuberculosis which restricted his physical activities. After writing The Metamorphosis, he brought it to his writers club where everyone had a good laugh. Soon after he had it published.

The Metamorphosis

“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. “
He lived with and supported his parents and younger sister Greta, by his employment as a traveling salesman. Since he could no longer work, the other members of the family declared, “What a calamity has befallen us!” Now they had to work and earn a living! When the “monstrous verminous bug” finally died, they realize that it is they that have metamorphed ... ... ... into productive people with better futures ahead.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Edward Hopper (1882-1967

Edward Hopper American realist of the inter-war period, once said: "The man's the work. Something doesn't come out of nothing."

He is best known for his late night diner painting, "Nighthawks."

He was intensely private, solitude and introspection were themes in his paintings.

My version of Edward Hopper's 1931 painting, Hotel Room, is a rundown seedy place. Grafiti covers the back wall. The interior walls are dirty. The bed sheets and carpet are stained. There are cracks in the walls. Not seen in Hopper's painting, there is a rat lurking behind her suitcase.

Monday, April 2, 2007

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