But to answer your question, my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Esther Davis, might be concerned that I have incorporated her photo and my memories of all the commotion I caused into my art, but I figure she is probably 119 years old. So: Happy Birthday, Mrs. Davis! Do you remember me? I’m sorry you had to drink so much milk every day for your ulcer. If you are still alive and able to read, please send me your phone number because I have some important questions to ask you.
Mrs. Davis is a dear friend of mine. We often have tea together. She wants you to know that she is not 119, she is only 107, and all the milk she drank helped her avoid osteoporosis until her ulcer was cured with antibiotics in 1992. Since it has been a while since then, she is now 4’-3" tall and shaped like a question mark but that does not stop her from enjoying gallery-hopping and indie rock. She was so sorry not to be able to see your last show at Bibro but she was working on setting up the Coachella festival rugelach concession at the time. She was considering asking the Wilkes-Barre C. of C. to place a plaque on the desk you used to use in her classroom but she thinks you may have set fire to it.
I love the piece as well as your comments about it. Before reading your play metaphor I had associated to The Vibrator Play and the curiosity about what was going on in the other room. The reinforced mesh window (electrified?) is brilliant. Fantasy and barriers that are protective but transparent. BT
Interesting, the connection between music and the visual arts. Wassily Kandinsky painted listening to classical music. There are accounts of Leonardo and other great masters having musicians play as they painted. I suspect that many visual artists use music to inspire them. INTERMITTENT GRATIFICATION alludes directly to a particular piece of music, Billie Holiday’s “Lover Man,” as the inspiration AND subject of this wonderful sculpture. By the way, thanks so much for the video above!
Al B. Stone