The Genius of Zachary

2023

24″ x 24″ x 76″

Materials:

Wood “Whatnot” furniture piece (5 open shelves), stuffed pink Build-A-Bear, 25 aluminum wires wrapped with Washi Tape, 25 Hand twisted fabric cords, having a variety of decorated bundles of thread sewn on, Computer keyboard keys, Altered Book: Mathematics Illustrated Dictionary, 3-D printed ones and zeros, Alphabet beads, Game playing pieces, Sweets and Soda (inedible for display purposes), Crystal chandelier drops

Techniques:

Mixed media engineering of various materials to represent the intention while also presenting as a stabile structure for gallery display. See further description in flip book section below featured page image.

Knots & Tangles

I was invited to create a work for the Attleboro Art Museum exhibit entitled “Creature Comforts.”  The curator had chosen the theme of stuffed creatures from Kevin Wilson’s book, “Nothing to See Here.”

The invitation came at the perfect time, despite my fear that I would not be able to produce anything. My youngest son, Zachary, had taken his own life at the age of 25, in May, barely three months gone. I could not conceive of wanting to make any art after that, which was a false notion, as art is how I process everything. Once I had direction, ideas flowed out, challenging me to find the most effective ways to express a tribute to my son’s life. Focusing on creative expression and production helped me through some of the raw emotion, while giving me a way to constantly think about Zach.

Inspiration

Zachary Harrison Polansky

6/1/1997 – 5/1/2023

a.k.a. “Jack Lance”

“Creature Comforts”

The Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro, MA

September 2023

photo of mixed media artwork