Richard III, The second time around.
Two years ago a friend invited me to submit work to be included in a Shakespeare exhibition. Artists were to create work that referenced or celebrated the work of William Shakespeare . I submitted a painting connected to ‘Hamlet’ and an installation referring to ‘Richared III.’ It was dry humor-ish piece that featured King Richard and the heads of his six dead rivals at his side. The show originally managed to travel to three locations in Chicago and Wisconsin. After the third show I had assumed that we had completed the run. In my typical fashion I decided to dismantle and rework the pieces.
A few months ago the Shakespeare artists were again invited to participate in yet another show, this time in Indiana. I would include my Hamlet piece and, with my Richard III piece now out of commission, I decided to submit an entirely different piece based on ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ A few days ago I got a call from the curator of the show who said she was pleased to see that I had submitted a new piece ….and that she was looking forward to seeing Richard’s return . I said, “Yes, me too.”
I had only one choice: Rebuild . I literally started from scratch. The concept was the same but I made some changes in how I portrayed the rivals. By the time I finished the only original parts were the mops and Richard’s portrait.