Strut and Fret
This new series is still life in its philosophical mode. The reference to the stage is in the title from Shakespeare about how we “strut and fret our hour upon the stage”. I found this 19th century architectural model of a theater front because I wanted to make an overt statement with the different symbolic characters that I like to use in my still lifes over the years. The idea is that the various figures stand for different personae that we assume to get us through life. I want to share with the viewer a tenderness and compassion we can feel for our human attempts to make life work.
In the second half of the series there are two characters on the stage of life. The repeated one is a Mexican pottery rabbit with some lettuce in his mouth that always makes me feel what earnest good creatures we all are. His different companions are still more ways in which he or we can dress our identities in order to make it through life.
Strut and Fret: Robert Weatherford at Ah Haa School for the Arts
Jun 4 – Jul 1, 2015