Story of Tea Toker 2
by beth been 11.18.04
your mouse over the image and watch the little girl.
have been lugging this Renoir print around for about 14 years.
I found it in an alley in West Campus by the University of
Texas in Austin. I remember going to my friend Laura's house
and finding this fine frame and a great Victorian chair. The
frame is beautiful but the reproduction has a hole in the
lower right corner. For some reason, I lugged it from house
to house when I moved.
about 1994 - 95, I drew Tea Toker
with pastels, charcoal and sharpie makers. For some reason,
I was compelled to redo this image in about Sept 2004. This
is one of my favorite projects, now and then. I often wish
my art could have more of an edge and less of a bugs bunny
cartoony feel. Tea Toker 2 not only shows the evolution of
my work over 10 years, but it is also my first 3- D work,
including a large green flower covering the hole, a berrinyeager
bee just below the bow tie, a thread thru the I.O.U. tag and
a button with a full view of "Renoirs'
On the Terrace".
about breaking that thin layer of space you have to work with
and expanding it outward is very liberating. I feel many more
3-D oriented projects in the works. Already there is a framed
print of Muerta del Toro and
senor dead pimp with 3-D elements.
I am especially excited how creepy the little girl looks under
the table. I can't stop staring at the green flower made from
pantyhose, wire and paint.
for looking, Beth