This project started with two monotypes of the Red Cross cot.
Below is an exert from my artist statement that addresses the cot.
.......... I was confronted by a single cot. It was freshly dressed in a crisp white sheet accessorized with a fluffy white pillow and tucked in by a cozy, white flannel blanket decorated with tiny Red Cross logos all over. It was isolated from the others waiting for the next victim of Harvey to tuck themselves in and comfort them with safety. With all the rescue images of people trudging through unsanitary water, homes floating in floodwater fresh in my memory bank that cot was shockingly - humanity. 30,000 GRB citizens would be relieved to make it their new homestead. It was heart breaking - and beautiful all at the same time. I could imagine if I had been rescued that that cot would have been a along awaited relief. That I would not have asked the sheet thread count or if the cotton was grown pesticide free. My heart hurt for all those who were grateful to have such a cot. That cot, that crystal clear image of stripped down humanity is the Harvey image that holds onto me.”
Last week I began to experiment with the cot. The drawings of the Harvey Heroes can stand alone, however I think that there will be exhibitions that the cot as a pedestal for a sculpture would strengthen the work and can be used independently.
I had planned on putting a wire dog sleeping on the cot. It is not working for me.
I think I need to put on the cot a larger sculpture and maybe a warmer material instead of the baling wire
Testing the wire mesh in front of the cot. Clear plastic is on top of the blanket to keep it clean.
this figure might be nice on the cot. It is a drawing I did a few years ago.
I don’t know
the Red Cross blanket w the drawings and wire Still is not working for me.
maybe I should put a thin layer of paint on the images on the blanket-
I have a hard time letting go but nothing was really clicking. Today I let go, today I donated the cot, sheets, blanket and pillow to the homeless that sleep below my studio window. I have decided to spend my time on a better idea.
I do have an idea for a sculpture. I will post about it soon.