Hurricane Harvey Project - confronted with humanity #10 - my struggles w the Red Cross cot

IMG_0597.JPG

 This project started with two monotypes of the Red Cross cot.

IMG_0598.JPG

 

 

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.

 

Here I have thrown some wire scraps on the cot that look similar to a wire dog.

Here I have thrown some wire scraps on the cot that look similar to a wire dog.

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  

FullSizeRender.jpg

Testing the wire mesh in front of the cot.  Clear plastic is on top of the blanket to keep it clean. 

 

 

FullSizeRender.jpg

this figure might be nice on the cot. It is a drawing I did a few years ago. 

 

 

I don’t know  

 

FullSizeRender.jpg

the Red Cross blanket w the drawings and wire Still is not working for me.

IMG_6757.JPG

maybe I should put a thin layer of paint on the images on the blanket-

IMAGE.JPG
IMAGE.JPG
FullSizeRender.jpg

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.