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I began work on several 3D pieces at the same time beginning in mid-March. This one definitely has its roots in the lockdown due to the coronavirus. The Styrofoam I used for the 'space' or tunnel/cave is from a shipment I got in February from China. Also I think it is interesting to note that I use toilet paper not newspaper print in my 21st Century paper mache formula. This fact is one reason it has taken so long to complete this piece. There was a TP shortage for awhile. This 3D piece is 12. 5 inches high, 5.75 inches wide and 5.25 inches deep. Its stand is made entirely of the compound. The addition of the heart came late as I'd already made the heart and had it lying about. I thought at first to have a swirling black ball inside but it seemed too cluttered and distracting. When I placed the heart inside on a whim, it contrasted so nicely with the off-white finish on the piece that I left it in place. This is more of that Original Jones Art putting his heart (and mind) into his work in northwest Austin, Texas. Addendum: This piece has been chosen to be part of a pandemic-themed exhibit to be displayed at the Downtowner Gallery in Round Rock, Texas from September 16th to November 22, 2020.

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Nikolay Semyonov 23 Jun 2020

What a highly creative treatment of the most popular information source!

Artist Reply: I'll be the first to admit that the first thing I go to in the morning is my PC and the next most popular rectangle is my TV on which is stream old movies. I've been on a Spaghetti Western kick for awhile now, Nikolay. Also it references my little house that now seems smaller by far after months of devolving into a caveman. :)

Elton Houck 18 Jun 2020

Wow CHARLIE--YOU may have begun a new field in art--Styrofoam sculpture--just be careful--they bruise so easily...great idea. really All .is well here in Duncanville. except now I am a bid ruffled and chiding myself for discarding so much sculpture materials out of pure ignorance of the raw potential I was casually throwing into the trash like so much useless Styrofoam...whoops--i did it again...trashed the potential.....(NO, REALLY- LOVE YOUR SCULPTURE...REALLY GOOD WORK MY FRIEND!!!!

Artist Reply: I've found that Styrofoam can be cut and shaped very easily. After gluing strips of paper over it, my compound works just like any other paper mache project. So, yes, there's more than one way to recycle---especially since Styrofoam isn't easy to recycle. And I'm pretty sure I didn't discover this, Elton. I think folks have been using it for similar purposes for awhile now. :)