Saturday, January 28, 2006

Diverticulitis (Cornhole)

Back when I was married, my father -in-law was hospitalized with a bout of diverticulitis. For those of you unfamiliar with this, it's when digested pieces of meats and nuts collect in the folds of your colon, causing a blockage. I loved my father-in-law very much and thought him to be very wise (although we rarely agreed politically).
Also, at the time, I was in a band, we had a song that our drummer referred to as "being really hard on the ol' cornhole", so that's what the song was called. This was also the time my wife and I were hitting a lot of garage sales where I would pick up things like farm animals and other little things for reasons I didn't quite comprehend. I had an old Steelcase filing cabinet in the basement of our duplex where I would put all this stuff, sabving it for some unseen project.
I also had acquired a stock of Maruschka screen prints, which I would paint over and use for canvasses. The idea actually came from my wife. I would mix up paints for one painting and always mix too much, so I would use that up before it dried to cover up the image on the old screen print. In this case, as in the case of Mystery Friend JHK (MJK), I left part of the original to be part of my piece, the swirl of a shell.
I wanted to create the illusion of depth, which you do by overlapping images, also I used increasingly smaller critters as the plane went deeper. It was done as a joke, not at my father-in-law's expense, but just a joke on humanity. Who knows what nasty things are collecting in our colons that we are unaware of?