If I had a dollar for every time someone called these buildings a birdhouse, I could just stop now and send Wesley to college. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration but I get tired of hearing this comment, "oh, your birdhouses are so cute". This is said usually in a high pitched squealy voice. Not an f' ing birdhouse! Not that I have anything against birdhouses, I love them, they are charming, I am all about folk art, I have birdhouses that I love, but the thoughts and sources of inspiration for these barns/houses/dwellings/ whatever they are, they are not birdhouses. I do wish I could decide what to call them though. So I was feeling a bit possesed by the art thing yesterday, I live with a teenager that is all about the political uprisings right now, I live with a photojournalist, so I thought I would do a newspaper house. I picked up a Chinese newspaper at the Library and collaged this barn. I have no idea what any of it says, which I kind of like, who knows what statement I am really making here.
For some reason I want these barns to be canvases for something else, not sure what just yet. This may come from barns I saw in my childhood that advertised things like Mail Pouch Tobacco, See Rock City, Sundrop, those sort of things painted on the sides of barns. My dad had a grocery store when I was a little girl that had a brick wall on the outside painted with an RC Cola sign. I love seeing these and they are quickly fading from our landscape. I'm not sure I want to paint See Rock City on one because someone will squeal, look at the cute birdhouse! but I want to do something. Wesley is really exploring graffiti art right now and I may give her one and get her to do some grafiti on it. We'll see. Speaking of graffiti if you want to see a really cool movie check out Exit through the Gift Shop. It is a documentary on Banksy and it is great!
Rock on ya'll, peace!