Monday, July 18, 2011

The Old Ball and Chain

Heart lock and key.
 Pictured here is a solid wool, near-life size replica of a classic ball and chain.  It's the largest needle felted sculpture I've made.

I really like the idea of the object itself, duplicating solid iron in light, soft merino wool. 

I had fun with the romantic sub-text.  Being called a "Ball and Chain" is definitely not romantic, but love and relationships do have obligations and commitments.  It struck me as romantic to turn the ball and chain idea on it's head, and instead of a burden, show it as something warm, fuzzy and cute.  And maybe a bit sexy, depending on your perspective.

1 comment:

  1. PJ, I loved watching you make this piece. It was great to have you explain your vision and see it come to life shortly after. I am continually over-impressed by your art.

    Your biggest fan,