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The Sacred and the Profane

The Sacred and the Profane

As the curator of shows I was always the worst about getting art finished in time...and this piece still isn't finished. This is the best image I have of it (the original is in storage).

As others have said, The House is overwhelming; my piece is about my favorite stuff...and the one thing I hate more than anything. I researched obsessive collecting and painted over a printout on the subject; words float in and out of the 'bubbles", shifting out of the corner of your eye like the Things in the House.

Stephen is always interested in what you like best and what freaks you out; he seems amazed that my favorite thing is a lovely old photo of Theda Bara, residing in an ornate gold frame, hidden in a corner...and the Thing I Hate is the tapeworm in a jar. GOD. YUCK. I always have to ask him where it is so I don't look at it by mistake. I painted it here as a character from "James and the Giant Peach" (art based on Lane Smith's work) because Stephen's son Damon was a model maker on the movie. It's my shoutout to him; he's an incredibly talented sculptor and one of the coolest people I've ever met.

Other Stuff I Like: a stuffed dog head in a granny hat; a coffin plate; a lady lamp; an iron devil; a wooden saint holding a strange head; little skeleton feet; a fez that has "Taco Bat" embroidered on it; and kiwi vines growing up the side of the house. There are also blown up drawings of dust mites in some of the bubbles; it's one of the downsides of collecting, isn't it?

Artist: Kipling West

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