11″ x 7″ x 4″ What is Beauty? is an assemblage piece, examining attractiveness. The base is an old jewelry box with Botticelli’s Venus painted in acrylic on the front.
The sides and back are covered in images from The Best From Playboy, 1971 (don’t hate me gentlemen). Inside, the original tray swings free to reveal bits of mirror on one side and a pin-up girl on the other. Found objects make up the main scene, with antique doll dressed to the nines – you’d look good in a paper sack. She holds the key to beauty in one hand and the message to “Just be yourself” in the other. Surrounding her are antique earrings and others items such as an old Max Factor rouge compact that I dug out of the ground years ago, metal detecting, an antique perfume bottle, found the same way, and a glamorous shot of an unknown lovely.
By Heather Brush. For Sale $65, at The Artisan Center Along the Crooked Road, in Rocky Mount, VA.