Prairie Houses

Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″.
Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″. Framed.
Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″. Framed.
Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″. Framed.
Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″. Framed.
Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″. Framed.
Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″. Framed.
Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″. Framed.
Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″. Framed.
Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″. Framed.
Prairie Houses (2020). Mixed media, 6.5″x5″x.5″. Detail.

This is an original miniature relief sculpture of a prairie house.  Each Prairie House is unique, but all measure approximately 6.5″ x 5″ x 0.5″.  Each is framed in a black shadowbox frame, measuring 10″ x 10″.

Detail show may not be this particular Prairie House, but is there to give you an idea of the texture. Each one is unique.

Wheel of Life

I met Judy at The Artist Project a couple of years ago.  She really loved my work and we connected through our conversation.  Over the course of the day, she returned a couple of times, and we discussed a work she particularly liked, a wheel I had made, with a street scene on it. 

She also liked my light boxes, especially the Homage Homes.  When I explained that they were models of real houses, she lamented that she and her husband have lived in too many houses, not just one that would make sense for a commission.  

So I did up a drawing for her, combining the wheel she liked so much with the possibility of more houses. Judy and her husband have lived in many houses over the years – from Toronto to Chicago to New York to Whitehorse to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between. A street scene, like the wheel she liked might just work…

Actually, it worked really well! The sixteen houses run around the edge of the wheel, telling the story of Judy and her husband’s journey over the last thirty years. They range from tiny row houses to Frank Gehry skyscrapers to small bungalows, to a crazy Victorian mansion. Keep in mind that these are miniatures – most are less than 1″ tall. 

I got lost in the stories of these houses as much as I got lost in the details of making them.  I am happy I had a small part in their story.

Here’s what Judy had to say about it:

“Everyone is CRAZY about it. It is truly such a special piece and we are all admiring it. We are trying it in various places and I will send you a pic once we decide. […] I can’t thank you enough Jen, for taking this on. I can only imagine how complicated it was. But please know you have a family that is so thrilled with the result. It feels like our private ‘wheel of life‘ represented by all the places, houses and adventures. Also, it makes us want to settle down! Ha!”

Ghost House

Ghost House (2018). Mixed media (wood, paint, LEDs, etc). 11″ x 14″ x 6″. Private Collection.
Ghost House (2018). Mixed media (wood, paint, LEDs, etc). 11″ x 14″ x 6″. Private Collection.
Ghost House (2018). Mixed media (wood, paint, LEDs, etc). 11″ x 14″ x 6″. Private Collection.
Ghost House (2018). Mixed media (wood, paint, LEDs, etc). 11″ x 14″ x 6″. Private Collection.

“We unpacked the house and hung it in our living room, where it looks fantastic. It’s plugged into a socket which turns on all the room lamps at one switch so that if the lights are on, then the prairie house is, too. It’s hanging below a painting of a grain elevator by local artist Jim Prescott, and hanging beside an enormous landscape painting by local artist Connie Geerts. It’s right at home. We love it and are so glad you agreed to make such an odd dwelling.”

– Jamie