|Lake Stilts 1982|
60 1/2" x 106"
Having grown up in New Orleans, Clyde Connell's "Lake Stilts" makes me think of the prototypical, top-heavy Louisiana lake and beach houses. Their fragility and precarious "pick-up-sticks" quality is even more apparent in the post-Katrina photo below. Connell lived on Lake Bistineau in northern Lousiana and was inspired, in part, by the stick-like structures and trees around the lake.
|Lake Pontchatrain boat houses|
New Orleans, LA
As for the shadow boxes (top photo), I love them. They remind me of caves and nests, of making a "place" for sacred objects-- in this case egg-shaped stones, which for Connell, signified both the organic and the permanent.
In a funny way, they also remind me of the dioramas I made in grade school, taking a box and creating a tableau-- maybe a scene from history-- moving the pieces back and forth in the space to create a dialogue among the parts, to tell a story.
And I wonder about the need to contain things in boxes because I derive great satisfaction from drawing a box before I draw a bird. Is it the safety through containment, the marking of boundaries, the desire to organize, or all of these things plus the need to make a special place for, and assign meaning to objects in our lives?
-art photo credits from the book "Clyde Connell" by Charlotte Moser