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The prompt for this one was "Favorite Book."

This piece centers around one of my favorite books from childhood: The Phantom Tollbooth. Those who have read the book will recognize the characters Milo, Tock, and Humbug. After riding his red toy convertible through the mysterious tollbooth delivered one day, Milo met his new friends and visited many lands. One of the lands is the Forest of Sight. In the forest, colors, illusions, and points of view are produced. A mysterious character named Alec escorts them through the woods, advising that "it's all in how you look at things."

They come upon an enormous open-air orchestra, which does not have any sound but is responsible for providing all the colors in the world. At the end of the Forest of Sight, Alec bids them farewell and gives Milo a telescope as a gift so that he can "see things as they really are."

If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it!

With a small crate as a backdrop, this piece features salvaged and broken clarinet pieces, plastic doll eyes, a Japanese porcelain penny doll, a fisher price toy, a large beetle shell, a vintage watch face, antique sheet music, a Matchbox car, vintage maps, paint and bits of Spanish moss. A dowel pin mounted to the top represents the all-important telescope.

The Forest of Sight

  • Created in 2022
    Mixed Media Found Objects

    11 1/2" x 8" x 13"

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