“Found” Art — or is it a Cartoon?

A piece of scrap copper is found to contain a fish

Good Morning, God!

I remember seeing and loving Deborah Butterfield’s horses — made out of “found” materials. Today I have a much humbler example of “found” art.

This fish pendant was “found” hiding inside an old piece of scrap copper in our jewelry class’s scrap box. I’d missed three classes so after the demonstration I didn’t have anything to work on.

What to do? I looked through the scrap box being sure I’d find something. I didn’t. After a period of “wanting” the sample pendant the instructor had used — I regathered myself and went back to the scrap box. This time I persisted and found a heavily textured piece of copper with a big hole punched in it. Aha! That was IT!

I knew it was what I wanted to play with. And I did play. Cutting a bit off  here and a bit more off there. Then, all of a sudden there was this FISH! All she needed was a mouth — which I quickly gave her. Then we smiled at each other.

And I remembered being in high school and taking a drawing class at Art Center. One of my fellow students told me I was a “natural cartoonist.” I was devastated. Not an Artist.” A “Cartoonist.” Sigh.

But, now, as I look at my “fish,” God, it comes to me that I LIKE being a Cartoonist. I accept the fact that I don’t even want to make “perfect” pieces. I like the surprises and joys that come with “interacting” with my creations.

Hmmm. I surely hope, God, that is how YOU feel about us! Maybe THAT’S what the “gift” of “Free Will” is all about? We are — for better or for worse — interactive. And, I’m pretty sure that You like that!

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