Starting in 2012 I began saving all the scrap wood leftover during the construction of my frames because I liked the way the mitre cuts look like a roof. I decided to build hundreds of tiny houses using the mitre cuts and the pieces of wood that were too short to use for frames but too precious to just throw away. I like the idea of using "the whole animal", so to speak, to make these houses.
Each house is handmade, lovingly hand painted and are all one of a kind.
They were originally made to sit along the tops of my works, resting on the frames to continue the narrative beyond the frames of the work. My favorite thing is that the houses were made with the "leftovers" of the works they sat upon.
The idea of "Village in A Can" popped in my head sometime during 2013 while making these for an installation titled Nepelococcygia. After the exhibit came down, I decided to break them up into groups of 11(my lucky number) and offer them up in the cans I saved over the year. The lids of the cans are made of leftover roofs I built for a large installation of 70 handmade houses "At The Gates" installation in Cologne, Germany 2009. Once again, I am using what would be discarded material from a previous project.
Village in a can was born and has since become a tradition of mine for the holiday season to offer a gift that is not only reasonably priced but totally original and painstakingly created with love.
Each house is signed on the bottom. Each can the villages come in have labels I made which are numbered and all have a hand touched element, so each can becomes unique as well.
*PLEASE NOTE that these guys are small and not for little kids because they are a choking hazard and are made with cadmium colors so no, do not put them in your mouth.Okay? Okay.