This dignified lady with the wonderful hat represents a well-established folk art genre of seated porch figures. She is so nicely decorated, it seems appropriate that she remain shielded from the elements.
One of the most amusing porch figures was a life-size black woman from Quebec, dressed in a navy sweatshirt and a large, floppy straw hat. Her creator rigged her right arm with a series of concealed pulleys so that he could make her wave at passers-by, while he remained hidden in the living room. One can only imagine the astonished double takes of passing drivers.
This doughty lady, although hardly a waver, doubtless drew the respect and admiration of those passing, representing, as she clearly does, a generation now almost forgotten.
Ross W. Gould
Embellishing useful objects is common practice in folk art. Mr. Gould's own mailbox is one of a number of decorated rural mailboxes. The casual cigarette, the lasso and revolver give this figure an air of insouciance, and the cowboy's bow legs complete the delightfully comical overall effect.
This exuberant rooster came from the hands of a brilliant Italian model-maker and carver. This creature's bright colours would make him stand out whether either inside or outdoors.
|Two Figures on Recycled Steering Wheels
North River, Nova Scotia
In this not-exactly-a-whirligig but not-exactly-a-carving either, the cracked and recycled steering wheels give the two slightly vague figures the sensation of speed if not the reality. Their wonderful deadpan expressions complete the piece.