Found Object Artwork ~ Karen’s Lure
It was the last time we went fishing, the four of us together. We had to buy the day licenses, the bait, the reel so everyone would have one. We had to bring the cooler, the sandwiches, the drinks, chips, chairs, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. . .
“Why don’t we just go buy some trout?” I asked as I put the writhing worm on my son’s hook for the umpteenth time. “You know it just wouldn’t be the same,” I say to no one in particular.
I take a walk around the reservoir shoreline alone. Half sunk in the mud, I see it. A flash of metal, a bit of red paint. I pull it up and swish it in the brackish water. A found object to commemorate the day.
The featured image of Hope, or Esperanza, is from an old Tarot deck. She’s bordered by painted layers, a curtain of striped denim, and two vintage buttons adorned with stars. Above her head is another vintage class button of a sail boat. Below her are red glass stars hovering over a window filled with shells and sand.
The old wooden lure is stitched onto a denim cushion. Blue and white paint have been crackled all over.
The cover of the book was stamped with seashell and star images then covered with red mulberry paper. A piece of red and white ribbon embellished with red and gold cord is wrapped around the book and a sand dollar and gold star hang from the center of this piece of found object artwork.