Some of my work is created using modelling materials and wood construction. Several installations are featured here. The Seaside Fantasy of Boston Children’s Hospital Orthopedics Department, and the Mouse Firehouse and Mouse Lighthouse from Boston Children’s Hospital in Peabody. I use the same vibrant color palette found in my 2_D artwork, and enjoy creating a world of whimsy. I am inspired by Louise Stimson’s magical dioramas at the Boston Public Library.
Seaside Fantasy - Detail
This gull from Seaside Fantasy is crafted from polymer clay. This is part of a larger installation featuring an imagined beach scene. Polymer clay, plaster, sand, found objects.
The Orthopedic Department at Boston Children’s Hospital is home to this installation. Seaside Fantasy combines a sandcastle, some shells, a curious seagull and a royal procession of seahorses and a King crab. The diorama is constructed of polymer clay, sand, plaster, panels and found objects under a Plexiglas bonnet.
Mouse Fire Fighter
This is one of many mice featured in an installation at the Boston Children’s Hospital facility in Peabody. The installation features a replica of the historic Peabody Firehouse, the oldest continuously used firehouse in the country, manned by mice! This little fellow is getting on his gear, a tiny Peabody fire jacket. Fired terracotta clay, acrylic.
The Peabody area seaside comes alive with these little whimsical mice. A momma mouse mops up some wet footprints, while a daydreamer dreams, Dad heads off to catch some dinner, and the son reads a selection of classics, including, “Of Mice and Men.” Polumer clay, acrylic and found objects.
The Gloucester Fisher-mouse
The classic mariner of Boston’s North Shore is captured in a mouse version in this installation at Boston Children’s Hospital in Peabody. The Mouse Lighthouse, houses a number of mice in various tasks, but this fellow keeps watch from the very top of the light. Polymer clay, acrylic, wood, found objects.
Mouse Lighthouse (rear)
This lighthouse diorama resides in a reception area as part of a wall. Both sides are visible behind Plexiglas, and a child can peek through the tiny lighthouse windows to the other side. Each floor has an authentic New England lighthouse feel to it, and neighbors meet for tea in the kitchen while others get to work. Wood, acrylic paint, polymer clay, found objects.
The Hose Mouse
A guided tour of Peabody’s firehouse, the oldest firehouse in continuous use in the country, included a visit to the hose drying tower. After the hoses are used, they get dirty. They are brought back to the firehouse, cleaned off in a water trough, and hoisted to the top of the tower to dry. This little fire fighter is using the hoist control to lift the hoses into place. Polymer clay, wood, acrylic paint, found objects.
The Firehouse Kitchen
The firehouse kitchen is where the fire fighters gather to eat and talk, and often whip up a healthy and delicious meal. The firehouse cook is getting ready to cook something good to share with the fire fighters at hard work. Polymer clay, acrylic paint, wood, found objects.