Death Scar, copyright 2007 Douglas Stockdale
…this picture that I made in Hawaii was a during my transition for the In Passing (Bad Trip -Sad Trip) project, from “what Doug saw” to what this series suggests. I think that this image better illustrates what first attracted my to begin this series. Most certainly a factor was the context of these roadside memorials located where there are. But equally of interest was the uniquness of these memorials, the way they are individually crafted, the materials and symbols used. I now think of these as variations of Folk Art Sculpture. They are made with a variety of skills, mostly with what talent they have and doing the best that they can to honor someone who they care alot about.
So that I can now say that “what Doug saw” was a type of unique Folk Art Sculpture that exits, not located in galleries and can not really be “collected”. They are transit art works that will be shaped by the elements, rapidly for some components, over a long peroid of time for other parts, thus everychanging and morphing. They are unplanned and very random, you do not know where one will appear or when it may later disappear. There is no guide or “Dummies for Roadside Memorials” to provide instructions, just pure creation of a symbol to a very authentic emotion. Thus these memorials are authenic works of art.
Best regards, Doug