Mixed media collage
13.75” x 11.75”
The Big Bang
I see the message of the disaster humanity fears
A nuclear bomb rocketing towards its target on man’s time
Like the Doppler effect, earth anticipates its arrival
her atoms and molecules quiver in portending disintegration
But that is not the only Big Bang
Scientists theorize our origins:
The Birth of the Universe - a Big Explosion…
How can that be? Something from nothing?
Where is the logic? Wnho lit the fuse?
How can matter survive an explosion of nothing?
Fifty years ago, American feet kicked moon dust
Some challenged that it was staged
I’m sure Houston Control did not…
The astronauts wanted to see the dark side of the moon
They reported phantom angels, space ships and orbs
What they really saw, heard and experienced
covered up to keep us safe, the silence of nondisclosure
The wonder and mystery of it all lives on,
Have we been here or there before?
Why so intent to go to the moon? now Mars?
Some say Mars is our home, we are Martians…
Opportunity, MER-B and Spirit MER-A explored Mars,
With the death of MER-B after an unexpected longevity:
“My battery is low and it is getting dark:”
Curiosity takes their place
All report possible evidence of water and nuclear explosions on Mars
Is Earth the planet of the Great Escape?
And Mars the hope of return?
We now have moon dust on our feet
Star bursts, supernovas, do they make the Milky Way?
Human imagination is too confined to comprehend it all
The unanswered question lives: Does history repeat itself?
— Barbara Hall
inspired by the collage The Big Bang by Debra Friedkin
My narrative mixed media sculptures and collages incorporate found objects and depict provocative themes. I address environmental and societal toxicity through 3D "cautionary tales" about contemporary issues. The incorporation of discarded, manufactured litter "litter"-ally illustrates these tales. I work in various media, including collage, painting, and sculpture. The characters and settings are iconic and range from prehistoric to futuristic - strange and fabulous creatures and animals, fossilized dinosaurs, mythical unicorns, aliens and humans or just body parts. Most of my sculptures feature my handmade clay and plaster figures built upon bits of metal or rock, along with salvaged materials that may be left as is or manipulated through carving and painting. They are then integrated into conceptual diorama settings with trompe l'oeil or surrealistic backgrounds which become powerful assemblages imbued with spirituality and raw emotion.