Sour Grapes, 4.17.12


Found object assemblage, 18X26″ $250

I was rooting around at Chenman’s scrap yard when I noticed this child’s saw, rusting under a pile of debris. I kept thinking I could make a wolf or fox head out of it, and finally decided on the Fox and the Grapes, the old Aesop fable.

It’s about this thirsty fox who comes upon a grape vine and tries for along time to snag them, but they’re too far out of reach, and so he moves on, muttering to himself, “I don’t want those old sour grapes anyhow.”

The motto is “It’s easy to despise what you cannot have.”

Aesop lived over 2,500 years ago, but the lesson of this fable is more relevant than ever, I think. And isn’t it strange that I used a child’s saw to illustrate a child’s saw (old story)? Was that a coincidence?

It’s wired and ready to hang.

p.s. Fox’s lower jaw is a saw blade, his body, a horse shoe fragment, his limbs are nails, and the vine is made of barb wire I found near the train tracks in Norfolk. The “grapes” are dug rivets and tacks that were donated to me by Roy, my dear friend who allows me his relic hunting discards. He told me that metal has to be in the ground for a century in order to acquire that beautiful, green verdigris.