The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Margaret Adie

Received October 15, 2011, from Austin
Born 1951, San Francisco; lives in San Marcos

Figure 13. Margaret Adie, Free Bird, 2009
Part of an old cobbler’s bench, wood-burning stove
baffle, furniture legs, meat grinder cogs, metal feet
protectors, metal mold, old metal bird, cellulose
ring, 34" × 9"
Courtesy of the artist
Photograph: Margaret B. Adie

Q Why are you making your own people?

A Several years ago, shortly after my daughter left for school, my relationship with my husband ended after thirty-two years. Suddenly I found myself alone in a house that had always shared the comings and goings of others. I have long been a collector of objects that attracted me through their craftsmanship and beauty. Even when an object no longer has a function, there is often a remarkable beauty tied to the craftsmanship that went into the design, based on its original purpose. It makes sense that I would seek healing in art. I’ve done that all my life, and my house was full of all these beautiful objects, each with their own unique history and purpose, waiting to share their story. So I suppose I just began to listen to them and found myself placing objects that seemed to complement each other in the same vicinity and assembling them into little pieces that seemed to convey a coherent narrative. Quickly these assemblages took the form of people. It wasn’t until I had completed several assemblages and had them hanging on my walls that I realized that I was slowly, but steadily, surrounding myself with a collection of fascinating people, each with their own story and each bringing some unique element of their personality into my home. Not all my assemblages are figurative, but all are vignettes of thoughts I hold dear and near to my heart—however that may come out, which usually is with whimsy and hope.

Q Why have you named two assemblages representing yourself Short and Stout without a Spout (2004) and Mrs. Everything (2003)?

A Growing up, one of my favorite songs was “I’m a Little Teapot, Short and Stout.” As it turned out, when I grew up, I never made it past five feet tall, and not being a woman with petite bones, came out a bit stout too … hah!

About Mrs. Everything, I have always been one to fix things and want to know how to do things myself. This piece has it all, from the holder of the keys, to fixing the

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
  • Marilyn Lanfear 101
  • Lance Letscher 104
  • Ken Little 106
  • Bert L. Long Jr 111
  • Jesse Lott 115
  • Edward Lane McCartney 117
  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
  • Kelly O’Connor 127
  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
  • Angelica Paez 134
  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
  • Luke Savisky 158
  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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