Stars of Everything (for Thornton Dial)

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is shining inside
close my eyes
and the world
explodes into forever
silence that shouts “yes!”

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Thornton Dial, a wonderful assemblage artist from Alabama, died in January.  He was always making things, from childhood on, and was employed for many years as a metalworker.  His later years were entirely devoted to his art, which incorporated recycled materials and often dealt with political themes.  Anything he found that had been discarded was an inspiration for his creations.

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“Stars of Everything” is one of his more well-known works, and includes metal and plastic cans, clothing, wood, steel, plastic straws, carpet and rope.  For my first interpretation, below, I tried to stay closer to the original, but then I decided just to cut out stars from the earth, water and sky and growing things, and ended up with the mandala above.  That one reflects more of Dial’s spirit I think.

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“Art is like a bright star up ahead in the darkness of the world.  It can lead peoples through the darkness and help them from being afraid of the darkness….Art is a guide for every person who is looking for something.”
–Thornton Dial

The poem is another shadorma.

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24 responses to “Stars of Everything (for Thornton Dial)”

  1. Pratyusha says :

    Thank you for the follow 🙂


  2. Teresa Robeson says :

    Wow! Those look like kaleidoscopes and are really beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sharon Mann says :

    Wonderful collages, I love the many patterns. Thank you for honoring Thornton Dial. I will do some internet research to learn more.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. corinnebekker says :

    What a wonderful tribute. Love your collages.
    Thanks for sharing this information. I will look him up online – would love to know more about him and his work.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jane Dougherty says :

    I think you were right to break away from the original. Your second version is tremendous!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Jane Dougherty says :

    Reblogged this on Jane Dougherty Writes and commented:
    Bright cheerful way to start the week. Plus a shadorma!


  7. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    Wow! Light us up, Kerfe! Show us how it’s done, my friend! Amazing once again, both lines and images. 💜💜💜

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Jodi says :

    Wowza! Amazing once again. Your style is so thought provoking and inspiring and thanks for introducing us ( or at least me) to new forms of art and artists!!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Catherine Johnson says :

    They are all beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Michael Richards (certainline) says :

    Stunning! Beautiful pictures. They’ve certainly brightened my morning.

    Liked by 1 person

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