SMILES & GECKOS is a Commissioned Work.
I LOVE MOMMY is a Commissioned Work.
This is my Creation Theory.
The eggs were spray painted and photographed in my backyard. 21 had to be handled gingerly as they were raw. The three hard-boiled ones had slightly tinted whites. Kaia and I ate one of them anyway.
So far so good.
Some of the babies are pictures from friends. Family members didn’t come through, so I found replacements for their kids. Others are royalty free images from a stock photo site.
The ‘baby nest’ consists of handfuls of dead grass I pulled out for this purpose. Was out with Kaia at the time. She looked at me quizzically, then resumed sniffing the ground.
My friend Catrice donated the hands and arms. I did reshape them for not so obvious reasons. The nest in Catrice’s hands is from the web and was doctored to personalize it.
The planets and animals are from my saved images.
What are your thoughts about this one? – Fred
The original of this piece was stolen in the Fall of 2014 while I was moving the art pieces between the vehicle and my rented storage unit at Pro-Guard Self Storage in Poulsbo, WA. My unit was #615 and other folks were in the building at the same time.
If you see 'Reign of Peace', please give me a call. Thank you.
'Reign of Peace' coincides with the Iraqi invasion, March 2003.
I was listening to President George Bush's press conference on NPR (National Public Radio), the evening of the invasion. He didn't directly answer one question put to him by the news reporters. (I later downloaded the transcript from the White House web site, which confirmed this truth).
When the press conference ended two experts came on to discuss the merits of the President's profound statements and intelligent answers. After listening to them babble for a few minutes I turned the radio off and haven't turned one on since.
I sat there absorbing what I had just heard. That's when the idea of the next collage came to me. It would be named 'Let Peace Rain'. Over the next few weeks the initial idea of the United States as aggressor evolved to 'May Peace Reign' worldwide, within the hearts and minds of us all.
This piece has many hundreds of images, some no larger than a pinhead. 'Reign of Peace' contains my photos from Mardi Gras, Vietnam and other places. It was one of the most inspiring works to complete and one of the most difficult to assemble.
Does 'Reign of Peace' speak to you in any way? -Fred
View the creation and up close details of Reign of Peace in this video
This piece first materialized as a name. Spirit Rising. Then over a few months the visual began to manifest. I have received feedback from many friends regarding this piece, with as many interpretations. I will share mine with you. At this moment there is at least one skull, covered with musculature and skin here. Yours!
We will all return to the Great Mother. The skulls and bodies flow down into the black void, the darkness, which we fear so much. The planets ask a question. Notice the shortening fuses and the clock hands almost at 12. The question is, will we eventually destroy this planet, and ourselves with it?
I believe spirit is within, without, and all about. If we create a planetary holocaust, spirit will rise, such as the spirits rising from the destroyed earth. The birds streaking across the horizon signify rebirth.
That’s my take on this piece. What is yours? Please share it with me. -Fred
Collage Print Dimensions: 39″ x 31″ – $395
Life is meant to be lived, but living isn’t necessarily the act of indulging in all the ‘things’ that we engage with on the road. I have included various themes that may tempt and consume us, even as we believe we are the consumers. – Fred
Collage Print Dimensions: 32″ x 38″ -$295
This piece was started and completed after I returned home from a stay in the hospital, recovering from injuries sustained in a head-on automobile collision. Notice the transition in the sky.
I had completed the sky for the second panel of a three part work entitled ‘We The People’, about slavery. Upon returning home, I found the images and subject matter too painful to work with, so I shelved that project and created ‘Venus Island’ around the sky. I see this work as a fantasy fun piece. What do you think? – Fred
This piece was designed specifically for the 20th Anniversary Issue of the Seattle Review. The required theme was celebratory and the passage of time. Twist of Time is what I came up with. I was very surprised to see an earlier piece, actually my very first collage, on their cover. The editor, Colleen J. McElroy, said they liked Twist Of Time, but the format didn’t wrap the front and back covers. The other did. As of this day, the ‘other’ collage remains ‘Unnamed’. – Fred
“I always knew there was an underlying theme to Ethan’s art. You brought it to life. Your impression & adaptation of Ethan’s work and the context, in which you presented it, are dead on! You have come to know my son through his work. The collage is truly Ethan! Thank you Fred for this beautiful keepsake and amazing work of art!”
Ethan says: “I love my collage. It’s good” [He gives a thumbs up.]
“The collage that Fred created from our eight year old son’s art work captures many expressions of Liam’s personality. Fred’s work, aptly named ‘Love is. . .’ takes us on a journey through years of development and blossoming of our son’s creativity. This beautiful composition highlights many dimensions of Liam’s life. We see his portrayal of family, friends and classmates and his own sense of self as seen through the imaginary characters he creates. In addition to being a priceless chronicle of Liam’s early development, Fred’s sense of composition and color contrast makes this a beautiful piece of art we treasure and enjoy.
Best of all, Liam is thrilled to have his art honored in this way.”
— Ellen, Liam’s mom
‘Sacred’ is the term this parent used to describe her son’s art, created through the pre-school to primary years. Most of his work was kept in boxes, under the bed, but that has recently changed.
Fred created a ‘one of a kind’ collage consisting of her son’s artwork . This includes the child’s drawings, paintings, doodles and words of wisdom. This archival work has captured the story of her boy’s journey into childhood. The finished collage measures 18″ x 24″. Now, these sacred treasures are admired by all that enter her home.
I completed the 3rd part, 'Home Sweet Home' first. I entered it in the National Collage Society's Annual Juried Show and it won a merit award. That was in October 2000.
This work symbolizes how different peoples arrived in the New World. Some were welcomed as emigrants and others arrived involuntarily, in cages.
What do you think the blacks thought about this great land of opportunity and freedom?
I next began on the second part, ‘Passage’. Due to a major auto accident, the completion of this piece was curtailed. When I was able to continue work on this piece, the images were too painful to deal with and I put them away. I completed another piece entitled ‘Venus Island’, then returned to and completed ‘Passage’.
How many of us know that . . .
“It is roughly estimated that Africa lost 50 million human beings to death and slavery in those centuries we call the beginnings of modern Western civilization, at the hands of slave traders and plantation owners in Western Europe and America, the countries deemed the most advanced in the World.”(A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn)
“The estimates vary. Anywhere from ten to twenty-five million Africans died in slave ships en route from Africa to the Americas.” “Yet one can scour the commemorative architecture of the nation’s capital and find little evidence that America’s racial holocaust ever occurred.”(The Debt, Randall Robinson)
I believe ‘Passage’ is self explanatory.
This project took well over one year from start to completion. The three parts are ‘Birth’, ‘Passage’ and ‘Home Sweet Home’.
The name came to me first and I scribbled a rough draft of what the piece would look like. At that time, I had no idea how involved I would become or how complicated a project I had taken on.
I began work on the first piece in the series, ‘Birth’ at the end of the process. This part was the most difficult to compose and was completed the last week of June 2001. In this segment I wanted to show the vibrant birth of Africa against the stark birth of colonial slavery. This is the beginning of the story, so to speak, and I needed it to make an impact.
Do you think I succeeded? – Fred