Before we get to the tablet, some great news: The Abbey Studio, at 84 Washington Street, in Marblehead, MA is going to have a show of my tablets. It will run from Feb 4 until March 1st. If you happen to be in the area, please come see. Their website is theabbeystudio.com
Now, onto the art…
A while back, I posted about the fire that destroyed the Museum of Brazil. Now I’m working on the design for the tablet. First, I gathered images of the museum….
… and the ruins left by the fire.
I had already gathered images of the art.
This image of the burned out museum has both the front façade and the blackened interior. The cute little fellow on the top right is a funerary urn, which I thought might be great in this design.
These tall masked figures would act as mourners in the background, perhaps?
And the mummies! The mummies have to be in the tablet. So we have:
A funerary urn (with the face from an Egyptian sarcophagus) holding the museum, plus mourners. Add the fire.
I wanted to show the neglect that had led to this catastrophe, so I spent many hours collecting images of collapsing barns, decrepit houses, rusty plumbing, etc…
Many more hours constructing a top-heavy foundation. Yeah, you know where this is headed, don’t you?
Step away from the composition, Diane. This is not going anywhere good.