"Invitation to the Ball"
Title: "Invitation to the Ball"
Medium: copper plate engraving
Size: 35 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Price: $ 500 ( unframed )
Notes: There is a story behind the title of this piece. Once upon a time I moved in a circle of people of which a disproportionate number were all pisces. There was a tradition of throwing just one birthday party to celebrate all of us at one time. The original organizer of the first of these parties called it the "Fish Ball." One year when the invitation arrived, it appeared in the mailbox as a small cigar box, maybe about five inches long and two inches wide and deep. Inside it was filled with raffia, in the midst of which was this tiny test tube with a dried fish inside, around which was tied the invitation to the fish ball.
I found this little object very compelling and thought that on this scale would make a very unique kind of image. I made some sketches and then had to get rid of the object as the fish was getting funky. So the image is derived from my sketches, memory and what made sense as a representation of a potentially surrealist "myth-poem-object."