|Title: “SWEET RINGS”
Size: 18.75” W x 14.25” H (unframed) Available
Have you ever eaten something that changed your entire perception of what it was and how it should taste? When I lived in Sonoma, one of my antique dealers who was living on a farm 20 miles north of Healdsburg, invited me over for antiquities and lunch. From his garden he produced these small, amazing red onions and said we were about to have the world’s greatest onion rings. Who am I to argue, I love onion rings! He made a tempura batter from scratch, seasoned it beautifully with among other things red pepper and using these ruby gems made what to me are and forever the world’s greatest rings. The freshness, bite and sweetness of those rings was a total revelation. It rather jaded me for “just” onion rings.
Acrylic, fluorescent and luminescent paints on heavy watercolor paper, bordered with insets from a late 1800’s Japanese grocer’s ledger of accounts, accented with four mid-1800’s silver Chinese “moon and star” cash coins, affixed with melted religious wax collected from holy temples and monasteries, with outside panels of ancient text relief paper from Asia bathed in silver paints, adorned at top with ornament from a late 1800’s Sino-Tibetan Khamba sash, all mounted onto archival museum board.