At 3 a.m. on January 1, 2000 our college-aged neighbors set our detached garage on fire with millenium fireworks. In a panic they moved their cars and ran into their house to hide. They didn't call the fire department. They didn't wake us up. Another neighbor returning home from a party called the fire department. I woke up moments later to the smell of smoke. When I went to investigate I saw firemen cutting through the roof of the garage. Two firemen had already been injured and taken to the hospital. (The gasoline in the garage blew up on them when they opened the door). The students have never taken responsibility.
During the following months, as I dealt with arson investigators and insurance agents I beaded this vessel to calm myself. The upper portion of this vessel represents the fire, the lower portion represents charcoal and ash left from the fire. The free-standing vessel was woven in tubular peyote stitch around a cylindrical form. The upper portion uses 11/0 Japanese seed beads. The bottom portion uses 11/0 Japanese triangle beads. Miscellaneous small sized beads are used for the rim ruffle. (2.25 x 3.75 inches; Collection of the artist.)
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Artwork: Garage Fire © 2000 Roz Stendahl; All Rights Reserved
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