About the Book
Elephant Ears is an object d'art, by Gwendolyn Skaggs.
By marrying two images, each spread becomes a tale, rhyme, poem, or riddle.
I take photographs that explain what I am thinking. The image becomes a drawing of my conclusions. Within the captured moment lie my notions and opinions about the world I live. That moment is instinctive, not learned. Cropping happens in the lens, eliminating unnecessary words, while enriching others that remain within the frame. My cameras are as modest and unassuming as my images, it is my intention- as are the results. Photography is a tool I utilize to make my way in the world.
"It's real nice how you slip something to think about under the veil of familiar and beauty. Like a kiss between Arbus and William Turner."
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Book will be signed by the artist, and "blind stamped" by Wendaferd Press.
I was born to a carpenter and an artist/activist/homemaker in Indiana, right smack-dab in the middle of the middle class and white America. I am number 7 of 8. On a really good day my mother called me Wendaferd. I have a sidekick, his name is Willie. On a really good day he calls me Darlin'. We have 2 children, they both have four legs. Their names are Hazel and Sugar. I have three caged birds and they still sing. I am an artist and the founder of SUGAR (www.sugarbushwick.com). I thought I wanted to be a draftsman. I chose to explore art. I went from Indiana to Southern California, and back to Indiana. I tried Chicago and Baltimore. I wanted extreme diversity, deep tones and rich contrast. New York is a nice fit. A good challenge. A great competitor. When I create art of any medium I trust my intuitions, I am driven by the "tug and pull" effect (both physically and metaphorically).