Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tiny Building - Harlem Renaissance

While I was working on the Tar Beach video, I started being aware of the Harlem Renaissance pieces that I encountered. That inspired this building.









I found the background for the house in a book of love poems accompanied by works of art at the Met. The book was at a library book sale and there were already some photos removed. I bought it with the idea of dismembering it at some point. It must have hung around the house for a couple of years before I started doing anything with it though.

The original collage was one of a series by Romare Bearden, called "The Block."

Jackie mentioned something recently about the tiny houses I used to make and so I thought that might be something with which to entertain myself.








After assembling the house, I decided to challenge myself to use other images from the book in order to add dimension. Some of the details are from ancient Egypt and some are from the Renaissance. Peeking though the windows are details that I can tie together in a story in my own mind.


I like the tiny buildings. Maybe I'll work in this direction for a little while.

9 comments:

So blessed! said...

So cool. Love that! Such talent. Always enjoy visiting your blog.

SCB said...

That's just gorgeous. I'd love to see more of your tiny buildings!

LDH said...

Wow ~ it turned out so great! I Love it!

Pink Feather Paradise said...

That would be a fabulous idea to get children making, but on a slightly bigger scale.. lol

You are so clever... love visiting you and seeing your creations, you keep me inspired to try new things...

take care
Alex x

jackie said...

I saw that on your flickr!! I'm thrilled to see you make another building, and this one is very cool! I love all the little details you put in the windows. And I can't believe it, but you actually cut up a book to make it.

La Donna Welter said...

I really, really like this! How very cool! : )

So blessed! said...

You asked where I got the cute background on my blog. It was FREE from the cutestblogontheblock.com site. Easy too.

ZenCrafter said...

Your tiny Tar Beach house is amazing! I'd love to see more!

Cindy said...

This really neat! I don't know if I have it in me to cut up a book but I guess if it was already damaged . . . Wow, your results are certainly worth it!