What kind of gift do you get for a talented artist sportswoman?
One answer is to ask Chris Pollock to make something for her.
“You know her Chris, something to do with art, tennis, golf… I’ll leave it up to you. Oh, and, no pressure, but her birthday is in two weeks.”
Opportunity rarely waits until you are ready. I agreed to give it a try, despite limited time, material and being away from my studio the entire time.
Wire and pliers were on hand. Sport figures and kinetic art seemed like a good mix. A painting painter, a skiing skier, a golfing golfer and a (tennising tenniser?) tennis playing tennis player.
The wire figures made sense and came into being quickly. The placement on top of the “flowers” ensures plenty of movement while bundling ties them together like some “plant” or “bouquet”.
That became the title of the piece. “Bouquet de Shelly”. Name changed to protect the innocent!
That’s that. Thought it up, bent it up, painted, packed and delivered.