Rob Gorrell - Folk Artist

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>Hidden Tramp Art Tin Cupboard

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For a while now I have been playing with the idea of surprise, the finding of the unexpected, the light under a bushel theme. I wanted to design and create a tramp art piece that did not look like a tramp art creation at first glance.

The design came to me as I was working on the church box that I posted a while back. I decided to hide the tramp art in a box.
Shelley and I have been talking about working the idea of a church triptych into a tramp art or folk art design. We like the idea of a three-panel design enclosed in a cabinet that would be opened on special occasions. This project seemed like a good place to try it.
The cupboard shown is made from salvaged walnut. the drawers are more of the discarded router cabinet drawers that I have used on other projects (I still have hundreds to use). You can see that the tramp art elements are on the drawer fronts and the inside of the drawers, and can only be seen when the cabinet is opened and presented.

The doors are wrapped in some very rusty roof tin from the old Grape Island Post Office. The layers of rust, paint and dirt add a wonderful patina to the tin.

The inside of the cupboard needed to be bright. I decided to use red, white and blue with a little bit of weathering. I wanted the opening of the cupboard to be a blast of color.

Now that the cupboard is finished I look at it and wonder what it is about. Is the red white blue buried under a layer of decay? Or is the spirit symbolized by the colors bursting forth through the darkness? Hmmm. That's for someone deeper than me to figure out.


To go to Rob's website: http://twigchair.com