Greed, noise making things

I rendered the figure of a woman for the right hand side of the painting, pictured here with something in her mouth. I am interested in keeping what the people are eating vague so that their greed is open to interpretation, suggesting that temperance applies to all things, not just food. I’m going to need lots more people if this is going to work the way I’d like it to, with eating figures dropping back all the way to the horizon line.

This afternoon I took the kids to the metal recycling place over in Oxnard to see if we could find good noisy barrels and pieces of metal for the show I’m designing. I grabbed a great aluminium wheel rim which I want to stretch hide over to make into a drum, should be really good for that. We grabbed a couple of really bass sounding barrels which will make good sounds too.

We dropped into Home Depot on the way back to the studio and had some fun banging on bits of air conditioning ducting to see what made interesting noises, finding some good things, including a chunk of pipe, a duct, a roofing vent and a strange bendy pipe with some interesting rib shapes that made a washboard sound. I think I need to get several plastic pipes for percussion and perhaps to shape into didgeridoos, which are so versatile that it would be a pity to miss this opportunity for noisemaking.


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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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