The making of mock musical instruments began with blue guitars for the Hornby Island Blues Festival Art Show in May 2002. A line from a poem by Wallace Stevens: " Things as they are, are changed upon the blue guitar..." was given as an inspiration, and I imagined something from a cubist painting: fragmented, abbreviated, distorted, but nonetheless true to some essential quality.
The directive requiring that I work with the colour blue became an opportunity
to further explore the seemingly endless permutations of this colour. The
process led me to consider: Why just guitars and only blue? I began to envision
and construct other strange , simple. evocative "instruments" in
a widening range of colours.
And so this exploration of form and colour which I call Primitive Fiddles
continues, with each individual "instrument " expressing a particular
combination of qualities associated with both colour and sound.