Eco*Mental (formerly known as Living Green) an environmental equipment shop in downtown Yellow Springs, has one of these groovy Shepard Fairey posters hanging on the board near their door. I walked by several times thinking, “I have to get one of those.” The image and message make brings back childhood in all the good, rose-colored, overly nostalgic ways. I went in recently to buy toothbrushes, and saw that they had the design on greeting cards, so I got one. I put it on my desk…the desk of my atelier.
About a day later, I got an email from someone working on a proposal for artifying a medical center. She wondered if I could do a diorama and story with some of my Sanity Creek Sock Monkeys. I said, “Sure!”
I’ve only ever made monkeys to be handled, and these three guys will be encased in plexiglass, to be regarded on the wall, 3-D but really 2-D. I am going to write a combined poem/story for them (I think) and I need to come up with a sketch and BIG PLAN in very short order, which means I need to put writing aside for a short time and do this.
But it’s cool.
Make art. Not war.
I will keep you posted.