Sunday, April 12, 2009

Artwork in search of a title

IMG_6642x Title needed!
Anyone have any suggestions? Sometime before the end of the day today I have to decide on a title for this piece so I can fill in my paperwork to submit it for a show tomorrow. It's an 8x10" canvas with a dollhouse window inserted in the center and a spinner lodged between the canvas and back that rotates the images in the window, all vintage photos from my collection.
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I suppose some artists actually know what their artwork is about when they make it, but I'm often left to mull over the meaning after the fact. This was originally going to be a window looking outside with perhaps a birdie in a tree and a person looking in, but it evolved into an exterior window looking in with a tangle of interlocked women and men, which made me think of elicit affairs and secrets glimpsed through the neighbors' window. So I'm weighing something like "Neighborhood Affairs" or "Internal Affairs" but I'm sure there's some other clever phrase that would fit better! If you can think of something more exciting, please let me know :D
IMG_6641x Desperately seeking title....
(This was sort of a spin-off of an altered book layout I did last year called "The Crazy People Next Door" :o)
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9 comments:

Vania said...

What a cool idea with the spinner in the painting - brilliant - but I am pretty poor at nameing paintings, even my own, so I wouldn't be of much help to you.

Terri Kahrs said...

This is AWESOME!!!! Frankly, I LOVE your names. The only thing I thought of was "An Affair to Remember!" I DO love "Internal Affairs" . . . very clever.

vintagepix said...

Thanks, Vania & Terri - I finally decided on "Internal Affairs" based on overall comments on different sites and from friends & family - but if this doesn't get into the show, I may rework the piece and then I can rename it! :D

Wendy T. Gibson said...

I vote for Internal Affairs! Alas, too late!

Rosie said...

Carolyn, it's a superb piece - I love the rotating pics concept - genius!
Good luck with your submissions... I love the box and the matchbook too. Fabulous! =)

Cathy Mendola said...

You did a fabulous job with this piece! Sorry I didn't get my "2 cents" worth in before you named it,
but I would've gone with internal affairs also!
I just love this idea and you executed it beautifully.

Michele said...

Carolyn, just a little note to say how much I like these pieces and the idea behind them (even if it only emerged after the fact). How many are there in total?

vintagepix said...

Thanks, everyone! Glad to hear Internal Affairs was popular ;D

@Michele - not sure if you meant how many images on the spinner? There were 4 different photos overlapping.

Michele said...

Yes! That's what I meant--sorry, unclear :) Thanks for sharing and good luck with the show.

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