Local art and political afterglow

Unlike many, I chose not to watch the first presidential debate of the 2016 election season. (that was a debate?) But I have a comment, as usual, primarily visual.

Donald Trump birdhouse_Lillian Trettin_art

The impetus for this piece is a silent auction of artist-made birdhouses at the Del Ray Artisans (Alexandria VA)  in October as a fund raiser for their community art programs.  I wanted to produce a comparable Hillary birdhouse “PEEP@gov.com” but unfortunately I ran out of  materials.  It’s all cuckoo to me.

Along with the birdhouses, DRA is hosting an exhibit of art inspired by the local landscape.  This will be my last submission for the year.  It gave me an excuse to develop an approach to working with a cityscape.  This business on the main street of Del Ray, an old fashioned comics shop, is rarely open.  The store windows are crowded with faded old copies of comics and seedy looking house plants.  I liked the idea of super heroes and weedy plants breaking loose and hovering beyond the roof line.

Collectorama_Lillian Trettin_paper cut



Next up: the Edgar Allan Poe exhibit at the public library, and pictures of the City Gallery exhibit, On and Off the Page.


About Lillian-Trettin

I grew up in the Appalachian "Bible Belt" of East Tennessee in the southern United States, listening to banjo music and gospel lyrics as well as the Beatles. As a kid, I was curious about religious rituals like speaking in tongues and snake handling but resistant to the fundamentalist thinking they involved. Flannery O'Connor's tales of religious fanatics, con men, bigots, and the spiritually bereft or ambivalent resonate for me. Despite having traveled widely and lived in other places, I am (as so many Southerners claim to be) permanently "South haunted." I returned to making art full time in 2011, following a career as a teacher, researcher, and consultant and after raising two sons. I’m convinced the delay enriched rather than impeded my growth as an artist.
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